Rep. Barry Lowdermilk, who seems to badly want to join the ranks of Louis Gohmert and Steve King with the Republican Stupidity Caucus, is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight in the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He’s also an anti-vaxxer who refused to vaccinate his own kids.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, hosted his first town hall meeting last week in Cartersville. The last question he fielded was on the hot topic of vaccines.
Specifically, a woman in the crowd wanted to know if Loudermilk would hold a hearing on whether some crucial data was withheld from a 2004 Centers for Disease Control study that found no link between vaccines and autism…Said Loudermilk:
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not. And so I’m looking at [my] wife – most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunization.”
Loudermilk goes onto say he will look into whether he has the proper jurisdiction in the Science and Technology subcommittee on oversight, which he chairs, to hold a hearing on the issue.
Not only do we keep electing idiots to office, we keep putting them in leadership positions on science committees even if they are incredibly anti-science. Sorry, “we” don’t do that — Republicans do.