Rep. Chaffetz Brings The Crazy – Census Edition

Via TPM: Utah’s own Rep. Jason Chaffetz went on Faux News yesterday to demonize U.S. Bureau of the Census workers as killers, rapists and child molesters. Somebody ought to tell the congressman he can’t out-crazy Michele Bachmann, so why even try?

Chaffetz, to Fox’s Gregg Jarrett (emphasis added):

“It is paramount that the American people have confidence, and the people who are going to go door-to-door next April 10 and conduct a census, and what is concerning we have suddenly about 1800 people that have actually got a criminal background. Nearly 750 people have salacious backgrounds such as child molestation, rape. You even have some people convicted of manslaughter that have been brought into the process. I give credit to the Census Bureau for actually conducting background checks and doing fingerprinting and working with the FBI, but what is not acceptable is that tens of thousands of these were done improperly, so we do not know the background of these people.

What is the point of this fear-mongering? Republicans hate the principle of one citizen, one vote. Republicans have been waging war against the U.S. Census, because they do not want an accurate count of the number of people– especially minority people. A lot depends upon these numbers. Congressional districts, federal funding– these are some of the things which could change drastically if the 2010 Census showed a major shift in demographics, such as an increase in Latinos in various parts of the United States. Like Utah.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on October 10, 2009 - 10:14 am

    He left out gays and people who have abortions didn’t he? Come on Chaffetz, your going to lose your post if you don’t get with the program. This is easy stuff.

  2. #2 by James Farmer on October 10, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    Someone should tell this jack ass fuck head that his own church has at least that many active pedophiles, too, who just haven’t been caught yet!!! If this idiot wasn’t soooo f’n over the top stupid, it would be humorous!!

  3. #3 by Cliff Lyon on October 10, 2009 - 9:22 pm

    Which raises another question about the sanity of the Utah County folks who replaced Chris Cannon with this freak show. He is not as much an embarrassment to Utah as Utah Republican voters.

  4. #4 by Minnesota Native on October 11, 2009 - 8:26 am

    You’re right it’s pretty hard to out-crazy Michele Bachmann. Michele Bachmann is a disgrace to the USA, MN, and the 6th. If you’re interested in getting rid of Bachmann, support democratic candidate Dr. Maureen Reed! You can learn more about Maureen, and donate, at:

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