Dr. Marisha Agana, the woman challenging Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the upcoming election as a Republican, is relatively unknown on the national platform.
An immigrant from the Philippines, Agana came to the United States in 1987 to "Reagan’s shining city on the hill, to live a life free of oppression, to become a doctor, and to start a family," according to her website. And it appears she succeeded. More than twenty years later, Agana has built up her own medical practice that reportedly serves over 4,000 children, and has three kids of her own.
Now she's running for Congress because, she explains: "Over the past few years, I have seen freedoms and opportunities in this country diminish, and I feel called to run for office and fight to restore America..."
But her candidacy has already drawn significant controversy, after she drew a comparison between Barack Obama and three of the biggest mass-murderers in history.
"History has a way of repeating itself: Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and now Obama!!!" she wrote on Sunday. That caused people to cry foul. So she quickly elaborated.
What did she mean? She was referring to "...the Blood of thousands of unborn children r in his hands......"
Clearly a reference to Barack Obama's pro-choice stance, Agana elaborated in Facebook post, but is not backing down from her premise:
I am a medical doctor, more directly, I am a pediatrician and I took the [Hippocratic] oath to protect and do no harm to my patients, children.
I am 100% against abortion and I am excited that this issue has come to the forefront of my campaign. I know life begins at conception and therefore those yet to be born are actually living human beings and should be taken care of, not killed.
I hope all of you understand my position on abortion better now and why I put national leaders that believe in and support abortion into a special group of leaders who have either committed or supported genocide.
Because of this and the position Mr. Barrack [Hussein] Obama has taken on abortion directly as well as the use of Obamacare to provide contraception and abortifacient drugs I feel it is proper and important to have included him on the list I tweeted about. [Emphasis added]
Agana's campaign manager Larry Nichols told Politico Agana is a plain-spoken woman who "does not stutter" and "is not playing around." He continued:
“The difference is Hitler, Stalin, et cetera-- they committed genocide ... They did it directly. They walked up and killed millions of people. Now, Obama or any national leader that supports abortion is supporting genocide. They’re not pulling the trigger like Hitler, but they support genocide.”
Commenters' reactions have been mixed.
One person wrote: "I thought we got rid of the retards [in Congress] when Bush's term ended," while another sarcastically added: "Far better to force unplanned, unwanted children to be born to miserable, unloved lives." One commenter thinks it is "really scary" that Agana is a doctor.
"If only there were this kind of outrage when all those nitwits on the Left were comparing President Bush to Hitler," a presumed conservative added.
How do you feel about Agana's comments?