Lawmaker Calls Mexicans 'Peasants' By STEVEN K. PAULSON, AP Posted: 2008-04-22 14:18:27 Filed Under: Politics News DENVER (April 21) - A Colorado legislator known for kicking a photographer was ordered to leave the podium of the state House of Representatives on Monday because he called Mexican workers "illiterate peasants."It's not the Democratic reaction that's the problem here—we know the Democrats benefit by the immigration of illiterate peasants, and we know that political correctness is the Democrats way of trying to emasculate debate, for example about whether the immigration of illiterate peasants is a good thing. But why is the Republican House Minority Leader trying to take action against a member of his own party? Does he like being in the minority?
State Rep. Douglas Bruce, who has a history of provoking controversy, made the comment during debate on a bill that would allow the state to help immigrant workers get temporary federal visas. The measure is intended to ease a shortage of farm workers in the state.
"I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don't think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado," Bruce said.
His outburst drew an audible gasp from the House.
"How dare you," said state Rep. Kathleen Curry,[Email] a Democrat who was serving as chairwoman during the debate. She told the Republican lawmaker he was no longer recognized to speak.
House Minority Leader Mike May,[Email] head of the GOP caucus, said legislative leaders were trying to determine what action to take against Bruce.[More]
The Mexican Consulate in Denver did not immediately return a call seeking comment.If they call back, ask them about their program for returning migrants, called Project Paisano, and their program for entering illegals, which is communicated to the "illiterate peasants" in the form of a comic book.