Pelosi’s `E. Coli Club:’ Republicans

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A transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of E. coli O157:H7.

“The E. coli Club” — Nancy Pelosi’s term for the Republicans.

“Bless their hearts, it’s a philosophy that the Republicans in Congress have, and bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs,” Pelosi, the former House speaker and current Democratic leader from California, said at a campaign event for Lois Frankel, a former West Palm Beach mayor running for Congress.

“It’s an ideology — `we shouldn’t have a government role,”’ Pelosi explained to an audience in Boca Raton, Florida, with Frankel by her side. “`So reduce the police, the fire, the teachers, reduce their role. Give tax cuts to the high end, that will stimulate the economy and everything will be good.”’

“And I say to them, `Do you have children who breathe the air, do you have grandchildren who drink water?’ I’m a mom. I have five kids,” Pelosi said. “As a mom, I was vigilant about food safety, right moms? You could depend on the government for one thing — it was about, you had to be able to trust the water that our kids drank and the food that they ate.”

“But this is the E. coli club,” the Californian told the Floridians. “They do not want to spend money to do that.”

Frankel is a loyal Democrat, a former state legislator who has run for governor and a trial lawyer  — she didn’t flinch at the E coli. We thought we caught a smile there.

The Mayo Clinic — and they have one in Florida — reminds us: “Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coli O157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.”





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