|"don't worry, folks, your climate is safe with me"|
He's a businessman, a veteran, a New York Times bestselling author with a book that has been endorsed by no less an intellectual titan than Glenn Beck, and as of 2012, a Congressman, representing Utah's 2nd congressional district. As a freshman Congressman, Stewart had the good fortune to recently become appointed the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on Environment -- not too shabby for a scrappy kid from the Great State of Deseret.
The only problem with this scenario is that Utah's proud new head of a subcommittee devoted to science is a climate change denier.
Just as one might expect from a man who earned the Glenn Beck Solid Gold Seal of Approval, Stewart earned his seat the "conservative grassroots" way: he bought it with oil money.
From a recent Salt Lake Tribune article about Stewart:
Stewart’s 2nd Congressional District includes the oil refineries in south Davis County. Donors associated with oil and gas contributed more than $40,000 to his 2012 campaign, his second highest total behind contributions from Republican officials, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
"I was elected based on my values, and I work to represent my constituents in all that I do," said Stewart, who dismissed any suggestion that he bases policy decisions on campaign contributions.Well, I think it's fair to say that Representative Stewart is certainly looking out for some of his constituents. Mainly the constituents represented by this:
...and not so much those who might look like this;
Stewart's political career, although mercifully brief thus far, is full of the kind of garbage that makes those of us unfortunate enough to follow Utah politics regularly want to set ourselves on fire and then leap, screaming, from the highest structure possible. The sneering and mugging at "progressives" on conservative talk radio, the glowing puff-piece in the Mormon church's low-budget Pravda Junior , the harrumphing that of course oil money doesn't buy his vote -- it's the same thing we've come to expect from the Beehive State's busiest bumblers.
Representative Stewart is holding his Davis County Town Hall Meeting* tomorrow, 4/2/2013, at 5:00 PM at the North Salt Lake City Hall at 10 East Center Street, North Salt Lake City. An assortment of concerned parents, avid outdoorspeople, and various stakeholders (in addition to hippies, radicals, and other members of the usual Coalition of the Chilling that haunts Glenn Beck's fever dreams) will meet there at 4:30 PM.
Please join us in (silently! respectfully!) letting Representative Stewart know that his filthy oil-stained dollars might have bought him his Fisher Price My First Election, but they can't buy our silence.
*: it's worth pointing out that Chris "Ain't Skeered" Stewart is hosting a town hall in every county he represents, but not a single one in Salt Lake City (which he also represents) -- WHYEVER COULD THAT BE, CHRIS???