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October 2000: The Golden Waffle Award

As surely as the swallows return to Capistrano in the spring, politicians begin misrepresenting themselves round about mid-October. Rock-ribbed Republicans suddenly become the true defenders of widows and orphans, and humanistic Democrats begin sitting in on Promise Keepers meetings and speculating that society really does provide young people an important lesson by killing killers.

It is in the spirit of these odd, autumnal times that we at GOLDENCO.ORG announce the winners of our first annual Golden Waffle Award:

Tom Tancredo, the 6th Congressional District incumbent, earned the coveted Golden Waffle for Excellence in Political Shapeshifting. Back in 1994 Tancredo delivered a speech before the Guardians of American Liberty, a group identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a right-wing militia organization with links to anti-Semitic groups. Tancredo opined, "I must tell you that I believe with all my heart that there is a conflict in our culture today that is so very deep and so very significant that it'll be played out really in one of two ways. It will be played out either at the ballot box or in the streets." Now our culture warrior is all sweetness and light--at least on TV. Tom, baby, what happened to your fire?

John Witwer, Golden's state representative (HD 25) wins the Golden Waffle for Excellence in Pot/Kettle Equivocation. Witwer advertises himself as a friend of education and foe of telemarketing, and calls people liars who beg to disagree. But wait! The Colorado PTA gives Witwer a zero (0, nada, goose egg) for his votes on educational issues, and he voted against this year's anti-telemarketing bill. Johnny, we hardly know ye!

For further information on Mr. Tancredo and Mr. Witwer check out our On the Record pages including the Tom Tancredo Extremism Archive and the John Witwer Finger Wag Fiesta.