CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Thomas Rankin, the Libertarian running for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat, said Rep. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., threatened to slap him after a televised debate.
During a debate Sunday that also included Democrat Gary Trauner, Cubin and Rankin had a testy exchange over campaign contributions Cubin received from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas.
Rankin, who has multiple sclerosis and uses an electric wheelchair, said Monday night in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that the confrontation occurred immediately after the debate.
“My aide and I were packing up to leave the debate, and Barbara walked over to me and said, ‘If you weren’t sitting in that chair, I’d slap you across the face.’ That’s quote-unquote,” Rankin said.
Cubin’s camp didn’t deny Rankin’s account. Cubin is in a tight race and could be the pressure but she has ahistory of nastiness and well being a kook…
Cubin once startled a group of GOP donors during a speech on energy policy by interjecting, “I know what Victoria’s Secret is. She’s a slut.” During the Florida presidential recount in 2000, Cubin complained at a Republican leadership meeting, “We are bending over and taking it from the Democrats.” (When a colleague objected to her language, she replied, “Quiet down, or you’ll get a spanking.”) Cubin’s most notorious gaffe—until now—was the Incident of the Penis-Shaped Cookies, wherein Cubin distributed (but did not, she insisted to Roll Call, bake) cookies in the shape of penises to several male colleagues in the Wyoming legislature.
Arguing the uncontroversial point that welfare creates dependency, Cubin found herself comparing welfare recipients to pen-reared wolves: “Just like with any animal of the species,” she said, “when you take away their freedom, they can’t provide for themselves.”
In my mind I think I’ve for now crystalized this campaign down to…
Kick the Kooks, Cranks and Crooks Out