…even for conservatives? One can hope (boldface mine):
Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican who recently became the chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology, didn’t vaccinate most of his children, he told a crowd at his first town hall meeting last week.
Loudermilk was responding to a woman who asked whether he’d be looking into (discredited) allegations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had covered up information linking vaccines to autism. He responded with a rather unscientific personal anecdote: “I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not…Most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy.”
Loudermilk’s comment sparked sharp criticism, including from Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican strategist who called for the congressman’s resignation.
If Wilson’s Twitter feed is indicative of the conservative response, they seem pretty appalled by this as well.
It would be nice if Republicans appointed people to science committees who knew something about science. I’ve made this point before, but it bears repeating: Loudermilk is not some guy with a blog, he is a national politician with a position of power. Tens of thousands (or more) people–disproportionately conservative–voted for him, and other elected Republican officials thought he was the right guy for the job.
There is a difference between parties.