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Bob Turner Awkwardly Sworn Into Congress

15 Sep

After shocking the political world by winning the congressional election in the heavily democratic 9th district of New York and leaving the Democrats soul-searching, Republican Bob Turner had a bit of an awkward first moment in Congress.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) introduced Turner who then took to the podium and began speaking right away.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, thank you, Congressman Rangel, thank you, Congressman King,” Turner began.

But Speaker of the House John Boehner had not officially recognized Turner and interrupted, “The gentleman, the gentleman from New York, Mr. Turner, is recognized.”

Turner paused before continuing, “Thank you Mr. Speaker … now?” There was laughter throughout the chamber. The excitment begins at the three-minute mark.

David Weprin Dancing

9 Sep

If you’re running for political office, you should never dance. Unless you’re Barack Obama and really good at busting a move. David Weprin is not Barack Obama. He’s running for disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s seat in the heavily Democratic 9th district of New York. And he’s losing to Republican Bob Turner by six points, as the race enters its final days! This was supposed to be a slam dunk and Weprin’s blowing it (stupid TV ads aren’t helping his case). Then, video of Weprin dancing appeared online today. The kiss of death! It’s bad, really bad.

Politicians have had this happen before. It hasn’t been pretty. Here are some of the worst.

1. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen (D)

2. Vice President-elect Al Gore (D)

3. President George W. Bush (R)

4. President Barack Obama (D): Snoop Dogg is always a bad idea for politicians.

5. Russian Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin

6. DC Mayor Vince Gray (D) and others: Mayor for life Marion Barry looks like he just came from baseball practice.

7. Ex-DC Mayor Marion Barry (D):

8. Al Sharpton (D): 

9. Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein: 

10. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ): 

Bonus: Oregon Legislature (Yes, this bipartisan effort “rick rolls” the legislative process )

Bonus: Australian Representative Mary Jo Fisher

Gabrielle Giffords on Morning of Shooting

5 Mar

The office of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released a photograph of the Congresswoman speaking with two constituents in front of a Tucson Safeway, just minutes before a deranged gunman shot Giffords and 18 other people.

Gabrielle Giffords with constituents

In the photo, which was released by Giffords’ office to Facebook, Giffords speaks with Jim and Doris Tucker of Tucson. Jim Tucker was later wounded in the attack, but survived. Six of the shooting victims died of their injuries.

Giffords has been undergoing speech, physical and musical therapy. Her condition continues to improve, and she’s been singing her favorite songs and speaking with friends.