Monday, October 02, 2006



Probably not many DWT readers will remember Helen Chenoweth, the Aryan Nations' congressman first elected in 1994. Yes, a Helen, would normally be referred to as a congresswoman but Chenoweth was far from normal-- the Mean Jean Schmidt-cum-Ann Coulter of her day-- and she insisted on being addressed as "congressman." Anyway, she retired after 3 tumultuous terms-- probably because after she defended the Oklahoma City bombers (and militias in general) she knew she was unlikely to be re-elected... even in Idaho.

Anyway she died in a car accident near Tonopah Nevada this morning, thrown from a jeep, not wearing a seat belt.

Before running for office she was a lobbyist. When she was in Congress she acted as a lobbyist not just for right-wing militia groups but also for Slobodan Milosevic. She was a major Clinton basher and was hysterical about his "affair" with Monica Lewisnsky, although finally shut up when her own slutty, adulterous past was brought up.
Among the most memorable moments in her wretched fanatical career: she famously groused that "It's the white Anglo-Saxon male that's endangered," making her point by serving endangered species of salmon for dinner. She wasn't exactly a conservationist, calling environmentalists "Marxists." And she was calling for selling off the National Parks even before Dirty Dick Pombo. As far as I know, she was the first congressperson to complain about mysterious black government helicopters bothering people.


At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Helen Chenoweth! I was amused to read her obit in the LA Times this morning. You added information I didn't have; that she wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Stupid bitch! I was in an auto crash in central NV (near Austin, not Tonopah) twenty pears ago. If I hadn't been wearing a seatbelt, I would not be here to write this comment now. Good riddance. That's one fewer vote for the Greedy Old Party this year...

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not wearing a seatbelt AND HOLDING A BABY IN HER LAP. This woman was insane and dangerously irresponsbile.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Jason said...

She always was one of the dumbest members of Congress. I saw an actual ranking back then, and she was named as #1 or #2, as I recall.

Can't say I'm surprised she wasn't wearing her seatbelt.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If memory serves, Chenowith had an affair with a married man, which caused the man's wife to divorce him. Thereafter, Chenowith married him.

Great example of the "family values" crowd.


At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:55 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Helen Chenoweth was my friend and I miss her. God Bless you Helen you will always be remembered by those who loved you.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Helen Chenoweth was my friend and I miss her. God Bless you Helen you will always be remembered by those who loved you.

At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin makes Helen look like a liberal.

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More antics from the "tolerant" left. Pathetic.

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few "mis-truths" mixed in always make for good liberal fare:

You wrote: "she died in a car accident near Tonopah Nevada this morning, thrown from a jeep"

But the AP story about her death reads "Ms. Chenoweth-Hage, a passenger in a 1999 Ford Expedition"

You wrote "Before running for office she was a lobbyist."

But the AP story reads "She managed a medical center in Idaho before her election as executive director of the state Republican Party. She was chief of staff, then campaign manager, for Rep. Steven D. Symms (R-Idaho), before running for Congress."

For all the Republican and Democratic lemmings reading this, it's good to remember that when you see 1/2-truths and lies it's indicative of deception. And when such deceivers remain defiant and unapologetic, then you know the character of those people.

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'A few "mis-truths" mixed in always make for good liberal fare'

1. Failing to fact-check details (if you're gonna use them)is bad.
2. Attributing this disservice to the political debate, to one group of people, e.g., Liberals, is stupid.
3. Nitpicking - Ford Expedition (essentially a bloated Jeep) vs. a real Jeep - is a weak attempt to derail the central point: This woman was a fruitcake - a dangerous fruitcake.

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

Joe Conason had a great quote about Chenoweth:

"Helen was living proof that you could fuck your brains out."

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen was a lovely and honorable woman, who like everyone else, had her strengths and weaknesses. The glib and discraceful comments that others have chosen to write about her death make me ashamed to be a human being.

The reason that she did not seek out a third term is because she was in favor of term limits and said so on a number of occasions. She later said that she would have loved to have served Idaho longer, but she had promised to only serve two terms and chose to keep her word. RIP Dear Helen,

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

I didn't care too much for this woman or her politics, but she is dead and we need to leave it at that. Any critism at this point only makes you look bad. I for one am not going to attack a dead person no matter who they are.

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody remeber how the KKK always supported her?

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Mingo said...

My mother told me to say nothing but good of the dead. So, Helen Chenoweth is dead — GOOD!


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