LaBruzzo loses House Health and Welfare vice-chair as a result of sterilization remarks

John LaBruzzo gets chastized by the House Speaker for his recent tirade on sterilization. What is it about this district’s voters that spawn such idiots?

Rep. LaBruzzo loses House vice-chair over sterilization remarks
by Capital bureau
Monday October 06, 2008, 4:25 PM

BATON ROUGE — Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, who created a public furor last month with his proposal to pay poor women to be sterilized, was removed Monday from his position as vice chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee.
Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie

In making the change, House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, said the Legislature “will undertake the enormous and difficult task of reforming health care in Louisiana in the next several months. Some of the comments made by Rep. LaBruzzo recently have impeded his abilities to help lead critical health-care reform and be an effective member of our leadership team.”

LaBruzzo could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is working with the Legislature and state agencies on a health care plan, had been openly critical of Labruzzo’s suggestion, which for s short time drew national attention.

The House met briefly Monday to name a new member of the state Board of Ethics and to take up other matters in a non-lawmaking session. Rep. Rick Nowlin, R-Natchitoches, was named the panel’s vice chairman. LaBruzzo will remain a member of the committee.

Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, will replace Don Trahan as chairman of the House Education Committee and Rep. Frank Hoffman will replace Badon as vice chairman of that committee. Trahan, a Lafayette Republican, resigned last month to take a position with the Department of Education.


~ by maringouin on Monday, October 6, 2008.

2 Responses to “LaBruzzo loses House Health and Welfare vice-chair as a result of sterilization remarks”

  1. Maybe it’s just me but I think we should pay women to have abortions and legalize retroactive abortions for kids under the age of 5.

  2. You ask “What is it about this district’s voters that spawn such idiots?” I guess LaBruzzo is more of an idiot than just his sad sterilize-the-poor proposal would indicate. And that indicated a hell of a lot! I too wrote a post on LaBruzzo in my blog: and how David Duke was from the same district. Then today I found out that in bayou country, he’s got a reputation — particularly among the other Louisiana legislators.

    His colleagues shake their heads a lot in disbelief at some of his actions, like proposing bills that have no chance of becoming law, either because they are so controversial or because he doesn’t give them any thought and little,if any, preparation.

    According to the Times-Picayune, LaBruzzo has tried to prevent LSU’s hospitals from purchasing med equipment in bulk and keep preschool teachers from collecting unemployment benefits in the summer, just to name a few. He keeps tilting-at-windmills and embarrassing other legislators.

    To me the most frightening aspect of LaBruzzo’s sterilization proposal was its reminder when some 30 states in our country had eugenics laws allowing forced sterilizations. Our laws were actually the model for Nazi Germany’s eugenics program. Ye Gads –please don’t let us go anywhere near there again!

    I go into more detail in my post, if you want to check it out:

    Sharon McEachern

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