While not specifically calling it “revenge,” Michael Schiavo has fired a shot over the bow at the “Bible-thumping politicians” whom he claims used his wife, Terri Schiavo, as a political football last spring.
Schiavo has announced the formation of a political action committee, called Terri PAC, in hopes of raising funds to defeat the politicians who tried to intervene in the seven-year court battle over the life of the 41-year-old brain-injured woman.
Since 1998, Schiavo sought the removal of Terri Schiavo’s life-sustaining feeding tube. Her parents and siblings, the Schindlers, fought to keep it in place. She had no written advance directive.
Despite the unprecedented intervention by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush in October 2003 and again in March, and by Congress and President Bush, the court-ordered removal of the feeding tube was carried out on March 18, and Terri Schiavo dehydrated to death 13 days later.
“For 15 years, I have been watching the politicians working their ways into my case. I felt I needed to do something when this was all said and done,” Schiavo told the online news magazine Salon. “I didn’t ask for this fight, but now I am ready.”
Salon reports the PAC will name those politicians who supported government intervention in his wife’s case, as well as those who opposed it. Schiavo called Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., primary targets of the effort.
Michael Schiavo (Photo: Baynews9.com)
This is not Schiavo’s first foray into the political arena. WorldNetDaily reported last month he weighed in on the closely watched Virginia gubernatorial race with an endorsement of Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine over Republican rival, Jerry Kilgore. Kaine came out of the too-close-to-call race victorious.
“I have seen firsthand what can happen when a governor disagrees with a single citizen,” Schiavo said in a statement announcing his endorsement released by the Miami-based Democratic political consulting firm November Group. “In Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush abused the power of his office in an attempt to replace my personal family decisions with his own opinions and political grandstanding.”
Schiavo said he was provoked to involve himself in the Virginia election
after Kilgore stated during a televised debate he did “not agree to the
forced starvation of any individual.”
WorldNetDaily reported Schiavo’s endorsement of Kaine prompted a chorus of criticism.
“Who cares what this man thinks? He legally starved his wife to death. Why does his opinion matter to anyone?” was the response posted by W. D. Patton on BayNews9’s online Viewer Center message board. Patton’s sentiment struck a common chord among the 26 messages posted in response to Schiavo’s endorsement.
Schiavo, a Clearwater, Fla., resident told Salon he hoped to impact the upcoming Florida governor’s race. Due to term limits, Bush cannot run for re-election.
“We are going to focus on holding these people accountable,” he said.
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