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(Hopefully) Dumbest Controversy of the Day: Giffords’ Doc’s Parents Gave Money to Tea Partiers

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Ah, it is so sweet to live in this new era of civil discourse.

The name of Michael Lemole, the University of Arizona neurosurgeon who’s been treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ brain injuries since the Jan. 8 shooting, may sound familiar to Palm Beachers.

That’s because Lemole’s mom and pop, heart surgeon Gerald Lemole and his wife, Emily, live in a $7.1 million house on The Island. They also own a more modest $3.5 million house, also in Palm Beach.

According to campaign filings, Lemole’s parents have showered with thousands in contributions — $15,700 in 2010 alone — Tea Party candidates vying for national offices.

Ironically: Among their favorites are some of the very people whose controversial rhetoric and campaigns are said to provide a fertile ground for the likes of Jared Loughner, who allegedly injured Giffords and killed six others in Tucson.

For the life of me I can’t wrap my head around what exactly is supposed to be the issue here.  Is it because they think his parents will get him to be a bad doctor?  Did he let his parents sneak in and plant a chip inside her head during brain surgery?  Even if we ignore the fact that there is absolutely nothing to back up the most ridiculously cynical meme in my political lifetime (that the Tea Party somehow deliberately got into the mind of this paranoid schizophrenic and made him shoot Giffords and kill a Republican judge), what’s the argument here?

My best guess is that the columnist has some sort of beef with the parents, and is dumb enough to think now’s his opportunity to smear them in the press.  Which, sadly, is not the worst thing we’ve seen from the press in the wake of this tragedy.  Or he’s just a scumbag piece of shit who’s looking to pull a Bill Maher, in which case, mission accomplished asshole.


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