Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bob Gough steps in it

For those of you who don't know him, Bob Gough is a Rush Limbaugh wanna-be who spends his pitiful little life poring over campaign finance reports and filing nuisance suits against Democrats with the Ethics Commission. So when the Democratic 47th and 48th Legislative Committees goofed and sent Jason Norbury and Joe Volpe a few extra beans, ol' Bob sends up a flare and screams and stamps his wittle footsie.

Well, it seems that Joe Volpe, running to take Will Kraus' seat away and do some serious work in Jeff City, is not going to take things lying down. He let's it be known that Bob Gough has been banned from the Lee's Summit paper for racist editorials. Here's the statement from the Volpe camp:

REPUBLICAN KRAUS CAMPAIGN AFFILIATED WITH RACIST AND EXTREMIST REMARKS

A recent review of published opinion pieces reveal that Bob Gough, the Deputy Treasurer to Republican State Rep. Will Kraus, is on the record using racial remarks that had him banned from a local newspaper.

Joe Volpe, Democratic candidate in the 48th district, released the following statement:

"In the 21st century it is a shame people like Bob Gough get published. Knowing how racially diverse our district is, Republican Will Kraus should be ashamed to have a campaign affiliated with such remarks.

"Either Republican Will Kraus removes Bob Gough from his campaign and apologizes to the voters of his district for being affiliated with Bob Gough, or he fully agrees with such racist and extremist statements? It's that simple.

Bob Gough writes op-ed piece in the Lee's Summit Post-Tribune titled "Darwin and Intelligent Design" in which he claims predominantly African-American schools are incapable of distinguishing between God and Snoop Dog saying "In the Kansas City School District; they are incapable of teaching the three R's. Or anything else. Don't expect them to teach Intelligent Design. If they did, the material would be patterned after the teachings of Louis "Calypso Louie" Farrakhan with a little Reverend Al Sharpton thrown in. Add Gangsta Rap hymns from the Snoop Dog songbook to round out the religious program"

Bob Gough writes op-ed piece in the Lee's Summit Post-Tribune using the tragedy of a family who's home was invaded, without their permission, to lead into an extremist claim that Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II was a "marxist" and the "reason high violence in Kansas City exists". He also claimed that the home invaders were from Kansas City, when a police investigation hadn't concluded those findings.

Known extremist Bob Gough is the Deputy Treasurer of "Citizens for Will Kraus".

Known extremist Bob Gough is a key funder of Citizens for Will Kraus:

January 2006 quarterly report, 48th Legislative Committee-Republican, Bob Gough, Treasurer gives Kraus $800.

March 2006, 48th Legislative Committee-Republican, gives Kraus $200

November 2006, 48th Legislative Committee-Republican, Bob Gough Treasurer gives Kraus $1,325

January 2008 quarterly report, 48th Legislative Committee-Republican, Bob Gough, Treasurer gives Kraus $1,600


Kato again: It's good to see a local Dem ready to step up and smack a putz like Gough across the chops. Folks like Gough and Kraus are part of the Rove wing of the GOP--which now only has the Rove wing--and their leadership has taken our country in the wrong direction for far too long.

So good going, Joe! And keep it up.

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