New Jersey is home to the undisputed wackiest US Representative. One of Rush Holt's (D-NJ, 12th District) fetishes revolves around toilets. Holt is so infatuated with toilets that he insisted on locating his district office across the street from a store that sells toilets and bath supplies. Bath's Etc's floor to ceiling windows allow Holt to ogle toilets on his way to and from his office. Here are some of the programs that he has championed at great taxpayer expense:
Voted to squander $462,000 to replace toilets National Forest in Missouri.
Voted to waste $11.3 million on bathroom renovation at Somerville Lake, Texas.
Voted to spend taxpayer money to splurge $200,000 for restroom and showers at Black Butte Lake, California.
The Miller-Holt legislation calls for water conservation by incentivizing the purchase of toilet fixtures and low water pressure showers.
He pushed for legislation that would require that restrooms in public buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities.
At an annualized cost of $96 million, he supported a bill to expand the research, prevention, and awareness activities with respect to inflammatory bowel disease.
While he never tires of telling us about his being a physicist, Rush Holt's priorities more reflect those of a space cadet. The residents of New Jersey would be well served by defeating him in the election of 2010.