GOP lawmaker brings fried chicken to poverty hearing in ‘silent protest’
Because nothing says Republican outreach quite so well as when they're connecting fried chicken with obesity and poverty rates among African Americans. The Denver Post editorial used the term Finger Lickin' Stupid, to describe a Colorado lawmaker's remarks of Aug 21: "Sen. Vicki Marble's ignorant comments on race and diet". So in solidarity, feeling her colleague somehow aggrieved by all the bad press, another Republican decided to bring a box of fried chicken into the senate committee room.
DENVER — Two weeks ago, the last meeting of a Colorado task force on economic opportunity and poverty exploded into allegations of racism when Sen. Vicki Marble, a Republican, attempted to explain high poverty rates among African Americans by talking about chicken.
Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Rep. Rhonda Fields, an African American lawmaker, and all but the most extreme Colorado Republicans distanced themselves from Marble, R-Fort Collins.
So on Wednesday, when the task force met for the first time since the Aug. 21 hearing, a box of Popeye’s fried chicken placed conspicuously on Rep. Lori Saine’s desk inside the senate committee room drew the attention of several lawmakers and observers in the room.
One witness heard Saine, who represents District 63 in Weld and Morgan counties, telling Marble that she brought the chicken in ‘silent protest’ of the uproar caused by Marble’s comments last month.
A Republican state senator in Colorado is coming under fire after implying at a hearing on Wednesday that African-Americans and Hispanics faced increased poverty because they ate more fried chicken.