The good folks over at Wonkette are in a tizzy over a story out of Sacramento this week. Apparently a law firm with connections to the GOP is suing Democratic candidate for Congress Jose Hernandez for officially listing his occupation as "astronaut". The Fresno Bee reports:
San Joaquin Valley congressional candidate Jose Hernandez flew in space, but his astronaut identity is now under political fire.
In a pointed new challenge, a Sacramento law firm is asking a judge to block Hernandez from describing himself as an "astronaut/scientist/engineer" on the June ballot. The lawsuit notes Hernandez has left NASA.
"Hernandez's attempted use of 'astronaut' violates the Election Code's unambiguous requirement that a candidate's ballot designation reflect one's current profession, vocation, or one held during the previous calendar year," the lawsuit states.
Of course, the brain trusts at Wonkette and several other left wing outlets have pointed out that Mr. Jose Hernandez is of Latino heritage (or a "Brown person" as they suggest he be referred to) and, of course, assume this fact to be the rationale behind the suit. What they don't do is tell you what Mr. Hernandez has been doing since he retired from NASA. From the same Fresno Bee article:
The suit notes that Hernandez reported to the clerk of the House of Representatives that he received $150,000 from work as the "executive director for strategic operations" with MEI Technologies.
In this position, Hernandez will work closely with MEIT’s executive leaders and corporate directors to lay the ground work for international operations. As part of the international strategy, Hernandez will initially focus on business opportunities involving Latin countries.
You know...the liberals are right on this one..."astronaut" will look much better on the ballot in June than "lobbyist for defense contractor." But then again, I guess that's why they make stupid laws that force political candidates to disclose their actual jobs on the ballots.
Unfortunately, if you want to show your solidarity with Mr. Hernandez, you missed your chance to shake hands with him at the Hispanic Lobbyists Association meet and greet a few weeks ago.