By HDN staff
Our esteemed Congressman Rick Hill must have tired of the taste of the foot he put in his mouth last week and decided to chew on the other one for awhile.
Last week Hill proclaimed Democrat Nancy Keenan was not as qualified as he for the House seat because of her unmarried, childless lifestyle. It didnt take long for the repercussions to start and it would have seemed, as newspaper editors and other politicians across Montana blasted Hill for his comment, that the shock waves would have been felt by Hill on the Hill in Washington.
In an attempt to defend his comments during an interview with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle published Wednesday, Hill stepped in it again.
Taking a defensive stand, Hill stated personal differences are legitimate campaign issues because they affect how each of them views policy matters.
OK, we might be able to give him that one.
But then he went on to say that people without children could not completely understand or empathize with the parents of the victims of the Columbine High School tragedy.
The arrogance of this man astounds us.
As much as we hate the fact that such incidents as this horrendous shooting spree become political issues, the fact remains they do. But the issues surround concerns about gun control, violence in the media and entertainment industry, funding of education, and discipline in our schools; not about any individuals ability to sympathize or share in the heart-wrenching pain of Columbine.
Mr. Hill, your cold use of the situation to position yourself ahead of Ms. Keenan demonstrates that you have little understanding of the depths of peoples heart.
Get off your self-designed pedestal which is already on shaky ground, and get back to the real work of Congress.
Oh, yes, and before you fire another shot at Keenan, a declared candidate for your office, dont you think you should finally declare your true intentions.