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Virginia GOP lawmaker blasts elderly woman over Medicaid expansion: ‘You are the problem’

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 12:48 AM
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Virginia state Del. Tag Greason [at left] (R) [Flickr]

A Republican Virginia lawmaker accused an elderly constituent of intellectual laziness after she urged him via email to support the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported on Tuesday.

“How intellectually lazy are you?” state Delegate Tag Greason (R) [pictured above, at left] wrote Susan Merk as part of a series of emails between the two. “You are the problem. Good luck to you. You can not insult your way to ‘victory.’ If you are not willing to have a civil discussion, please do not write me again. It is a waste of my time.”

Greason’s remarks were the culmination of a contentious correspndence. Merk, a resident at a retirement community in Loudoun County, wrote Greason on March 24 saying it was “imperative” that lawmakers vote to support the state program under the Affordable Care Act. But Merk took issue with Greason’s response, in which he opposed such a move because the law “as already proven to be inefficient, costly, and an utter disaster.”


“This reply is pitiful — it’s nothing but partisan rhetoric, false accusations and invalid excuses,” Merk wrote back. “I will be sure to vote you out the next time you’re up for election.”

Greason’s ensuing response took a more aggressive tone towards Merk.

“Pitiful because I am willing to enter a dialogue with you?” he wrote. “All you liberals are the same. As soon as someone doesn’t agree with you, you shut down communication, call the other side names, take your ball and go home. I understand and am saddened by this approach at the federal level … but your reaction below is THE problem. I did not have to write you back … but I did. I think discussing differences is the only way to solve problems.”

On Monday, Greason told the Times-Mirror that he “must have been having a bad day” when he wrote his latest response to Merk.

“When one is passionate about his or her role, he can get carried away,” he was quoted as saying. “Clearly I overstepped with Ms. Merk and for that I am truly sorry. I should have known better than to shoot back at Ms. Merk, it was wrong and I apologize for that.”

For her part, Merk ripped Greason for his “unprofessional” response.

“I shouldn’t write to him again because I am wasting his time?” she told the Times-Mirror. “How many emails do you think he gets per day from people who disagree with him just like I did? It’s his job to listen to the people he represents.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/01/virginia-gop-lawmaker-blasts-elderly-woman-over-medicaid-expansion-you-are-the-problem/

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sophiasmommy27
by Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 12:55 AM
What a loser.
meriana
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Well he obviously doesn't give a rats behind about his constituents or their concerns. Unfortunatly there are far too many like him in office from the local to the Federal level

stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

They are going to keep this crap up and end up with riots on the state capitol. 

billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Both of them were wrong.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

"All you liberals are the same"????

So does he think that he only represents certain folks?

If I told a parent of one of my patient's, "all you parents are the same..." I'd be up the unemployment creek without a paddle.

Arrogant azzhat.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM


Quoting meriana:

Well he obviously doesn't give a rats behind about his constituents or their concerns. Unfortunatly there are far too many like him in office from the local to the Federal level

Exactly.

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