A former GOP legislator and head of the Montana chapter of Focus on the Family has taken to the airwaves to defend the GOPs lack of focus on jobs and the economy. Jeff Laszloffy is a somewhat surprising pick for an apologist in that he is little-known and served only two terms as an elected legislator before dropping out or being defeated ten years ago. But what’s most surprising about Laszloffy is the fact that he’s a birther.
In a hearing on the infamous House Bill 205, the birther bill, Jeff Laszloffy, a former GOP legislator from Laurel who heads the Montana chapter of Focus on the Family, went public with his views when he testified:
We’ve gone over 200 years without this being a problem and it just became a problem in the last election cycle. And I think the circumstances surrounding this are frankly bizarre. There is question as to whether the president was born in the United States, we all know that.
Laszloffy was testifying on his own behalf, but perhaps folks will forgive us if an organization led by a birther loses some credibility in our eyes.
The president could fix this by simply releasing his birth certificate and that would get us past this little road bump.
But there are a lot of conservatives on the fringes who’ve talked like this. Why bother with Laszloffy? I’m only paying attention because Laszloffy is a GOP stalwart, ever present in the current session, and one who is defending the legislature’s focus on frivolous, unconstitutional legislation rather than jobs and the economy even as some GOP legislators are seeking to evade that criticism in the second half:
It’s clear from statements of moderate Republicans on the that some see these bills as a distraction.
Says Laszloffy in this most recent “radio address” archived on the internet here, entitled A Place for Nullification 3-1-11
However, Laszloffy goes on to contradict himself later in the “piece” when he admits that the legislature’s only constitutionally required duty is to pass a budget, something that has not seen much focus.
In the eyes of the constitution everything else is fluff. But I would argue that it is important fluff.
Laszloffy is more concerned with the Bible, and quoting it to selectively try to justify increasing government interference in the lives of individuals, than with the Constitution:
The social bills have a place in the legislature as do the bills that question the authority of the federal government.
He then admonishes his listeners that instead of complaining about the lack of focus on jobs and the economy they should rather:
Take a deep breath, take a step back and let the legislature do its work. We elected them, now it is time for them to perform.
This is, however, the last thing we can expect from Jeff Laszloffy, who isn’t going anywhere. Next time you see him testifying in a hearing or speaking at a press conference, remember that this is a man who believes in conspiracy theories over facts.