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09/19/2012

Iowa's 'No Wiggins' team puts blatant deception right on the side of its bus

by Jeremy Hooper

While questioning potential state Supreme Court justice Angela Onwuachi-Willig back in January of 2011, the chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Justice David Wiggins, cracked an obvious joke about Willig's potential (but ultimately unsuccessful) path towards joining the court. The Iowa-based website AKSARBENT has made it clear that Wiggins was, in fact, joking:

But leave it to the uber-deceptive folks who are trying to politicize the state's courts to take Wiggins words and aggressively reduce them into a supposed breach. It all started back in February of last year, when National Review Online's Gary Marx posted a chopped up clip of Wiggins' remarks that ended immediately after the quote in question. Groups like the National Organization For Marriage then picked up on it, running the same truncated clip. And so true to the far-right's typical game of telephone, the spin became the "truth."

Well now check this out. The coalition that is trying to oust Wiggins from the court because he decided in favor of marriage equality back in 2009—which includes NOM, Catholic Vote, The Family Leader, and Focus on the Family's Citizenlink—has released first images of the bus that people like Rick Santorum and Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon board for its "No Wiggins" press tour. Check out what is emblazoned on the side of this bus":

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[No Wiggins bus schedule]

Yup, that's right—they're still positioning this quote as if it was (a) a straight-faced question, (b) applicable to the matter of marriage, and (c ) an act of contempt by a sitting judge. Those involved *KNOW* it is a lie—they are just hoping that they can use this known lie to dupe enough locals into believing that Wiggins is a shady, anti-constitutional, black-robed activist. It's truly disgusting behavior.

Then again, this is the same team that thinks an independent judiciary is fit for public rebuking whenever the court decides in a way that doesn't mesh with their faith-motivated discrimination. Why should the side of the bus be truthful when it motor is so darn misdirected?

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