The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 June 2004

The Virginia reel

Oklahoma's political history is replete with "colorful" characters, where "colorful" is, often as not, a euphemism for "raving loony." One of the legends is perennial candidate Virginia Blue Jeans Jenner — that's exactly the way her name appears on the Democratic primary ballot for House District 12 — who has never actually been elected to anything, but last time out did manage to pull a third of the votes in the 2002 Democratic primary for Labor Commissioner, losing to Lloyd Fields, who in turn lost to Republican Brenda Reneau Wynn in the general election. Michael Bates has an ad run by Jenner in her 1988 race for mayor of Tulsa, in which she quips:

[V]ote for this dental hygienist who knows how to deal with folks who talk out of both sides of their mouth.

And this morning, Emperor Misha I finds a letter from Jenner in The Dallas Morning News:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry gets my vote for "Wimp of the Year."

He earned my dubious honor by being "Bush-Lite" and proposing to raise the federal minimum wage to $7 an hour by 2007. Horsefeathers. My husband sacks groceries for $7 an hour and has no health benefits, so we will get no help from Mr. Kerry. What we need is a living wage of $10 an hour.

Employers are cutting hours to save money and make most of their employees part-time, thus denying them benefits. Mr. Kerry says his $1.85 increase in the minimum wage would give a family enough dough to buy 10 months' food or pay eight months' rent. The senator hasn't been to the grocery story lately or tried to rent a one-room apartment hole-in-the-wall.

Misha's response — well, you'll have to read it for yourself.

(Incidentally, my dental hygienist is a hottie, and has no political ambitions. I think.)

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