When I started my blog back in 2003, one of the first state legislators I hammered was Gerald Allen of Alabama, who proposed a law to ban all books by or about gay people from all state libraries. Now Sylvia Allen of Arizona is stepping into the spotlight. And as Right Wing Watch reports, she has a history of dumb and extreme ideas. Here she is claiming that the world is only 6000 years old:
And she thinks that same-sex marriage is going to destroy Social Security:
Over 1,049 federal laws in many categories, including Social Security, welfare, veterans, taxation, etc are based on the man-woman marriage relationship. Society has set up our laws to protect the children and to provide in the case of a spouse dying. All of that would change if same sex marriage gets its foot hold and demands are then placed upon government and businesses for benefits. Our already overburdened Social Security system could not survive.
She also tried to intervene in a criminal investigation aimed at her son-in-law, who was accused of trading for sexual favors with female inmates at the prison where he was a guard…Last year, then-Navajo County Supervisor Allen tried to interfere with an internal investigation into her son-in-law’s conduct with female inmates in the Navajo County jail.
This year, Allen has moved on to the state Senate where she sponsored a bill aimed at ensuring that others don’t have to endure what she sees as a witch hunt against her son-in-law…
“She was interfering in the investigation,” Navajo County Sheriff K.C. Clark told me this week. “At one point, I had to go to the county attorney and say if she gets in my way, I’m going to book her for interfering in the criminal investigation.”
Allen’s son-in-law, Timothy Hunt, was working as a detention officer in Navajo County jail in April 2014, when a former inmate alerted authorities to possible questionable conduct with female inmates while working nights, according to county records…
Several weeks later, the independent investigator sustained four of the five allegations against Hunt, finding that “the preponderance of evidence” suggests among other things that he provided cigarettes to an inmate after she performed a sex act on him in a shower.
So add abuse of power to her list of problems.