If there were an award given for sorest losers, recently defeated Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus would be a contender.
Driehaus is blaming the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List for his shellacking in November, going so far as to sue the PAC in federal court last week for “character defamation” and “depriving him of his livelihood.”
Driehaus was one of 15 pro-life Democrats around the country who were either fired or retired last month after voting for Obamacare.
As one of those targeted for defeat by the SBA List, Driehaus is fixated on it rather than his Pelosi-whipped self as the reason for his political demise.
Apparently, Driehaus didn’t expect the SBA List to follow though with its promise to campaign against any pro-life Democrat who supported Obamacare if it excluded an amendment stipulating it would not force taxpayers to subsidize abortion.
All national pro-life/pro-family groups except Democrats for Life agreed with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards that the presidential executive order the 15 claimed blocked public funding of abortion in health care was merely “a symbolic gesture.” National Right to Life spells out exactly how Obamacare forces taxpayers to finance abortion.
Driehaus originally filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, accusing the SBA List of planning a false billboard campaign outing him.
â€¨When even the ACLU came to the SBA List’s defense, recognizing Driehaus’s complaint as a glaring attempt to suppress the First Amendment right to free speech, Driehaus dropped it.
But he apparently didn’t stop fuming, attempting another route to derail the SBA List’s energy and finances as well as get at their private documents, letters, e-mails and records.
Driehaus had filed for discovery in his OEC complaint, sure that the SBA List was colluding with the Republican National Committee (which the SBA List tells me is unequivocally false).
â€¨Now, in his federal lawsuit, Driehaus is again attempting discovery.
Pro-life legal eagles tell me Driehaus’s lawsuit is frivolous and should be dropped, although the District Court judge overseeing the case, Timothy Black, was director of Planned Parenthood of Cincinnati from 1986 to 1989. So one never knows.
I would be remiss at this point not to again mention Kristen Day and Democrats for Life.
I wrote in a previous column that the rift that developed during the 2010 election cycle between Democrats for Life and basically the rest of the pro-life movement was “irreparable” as long as Day remained its executive director.
This was because Day submitted two affidavits on Driehaus’ behalf against the SBA List, relishing the ramifications in an Oct. 25 press statement that “[a]ll records … will have to be turned over to lawyers for Congressman Steve Dreihaus [sic].”
As we see, Day’s hope lives on.
But this amounts to Day advocating a pro-life WikiLeaks: releasing internal pro-life “cables” to the general public, including the enemy.
While legal in this case, it was certainly treasonous to the movement.