After tonight's public meeting in Madison County, the kindest thing I can say about State Senator Shadrack McGill (SD-08) is that he needs to spend more time with his mouth shut and his mind open. During a sometimes-contentious public meeting in Madison County tonight, McGill got just one friendly question - about widening Winchester Road - and he couldn't answer it. He did answer numerous other questions about women's health, religion, education funding, tax reform, and state employee retirement.
We'll have a lot of fun video up soon, but the entire event lasted about 90 minutes so editing will take a while. A few highlights though....
I haven't had that much fun at a public meeting since angry Save Alabama PACT parents confronted Kay Ivey with questions about her competence. Let's just say that nobody would even bother to question Senator McGill's competence because his lack of it is splayed out in full living color.
- McGill lamented that last term, he got just one call (from a pastor) in support of the legislature's 7 anti-abortion bills, but got thousands of calls about the budget, education, and other issues. McGill seemed genuinely puzzled that people were more interested in "bills pertaining to money more than morality."
When asked if perhaps that showed his constituents were indeed more worried about education, jobs, taxes, etc. than they were about abortion, McGill explained: "they just need to be educated."
- One of the legislative priorities that McGill listed in his PowerPoint presentation was that we needed to cut "unnecessary programs that are not proven to work" out of the education budget. When asked for specifics: "Which programs, Senator?" McGill couldn't name a single one. "I'm relying on you to tell me," he smirked.
- Once again, the Senator got lost in the verbal weeds as he once again tried to justify his statement that teachers don't need raises but legislators do "to stop corruption." The longer the poor guy talked about "balance," the more bizarre it got. If I can stand to watch that performance again, I'll post the video.
- McGill proclaimed that "God placed me here" in the Legislature. Wonder where they sent the voter registration card?
- To complete his Deity analogy, McGill complained about being "crucified" and "misquoted" by the press. Hey brother, we have it all on tape tonight!
- To McGill, "nothing is more important" than protecting fertilized eggs. In a truly bizarre answer about in-vitro fertilization, he turned it into an abortion discussion, describing a scenario where a woman would decide "on the spur of the moment" to have an abortion. Yeah... that happens all the time, right?
On a whim, she pulls into the clinic, asks the doctor "please kill the life inside me" and then asks the doctor - while he's at it - "please kill me too."
Would we allow that? McGill asked. Nobody in the audience responded because we were too busy wondering "WTF kind of drugs is this guy on?"
Hoping that whets your appetite enough for you to stay tuned for some of the scariest, most riveting video you'll see for a while.