I swear, the Children and Family Affairs Committee is more entertaining than three quarters of what's on television right now. Last Tuesday, we had a disgruntled ex-spouse of a country singer trying to air all his dirty laundry in public.
Then, yesterday, Rep. Johnny Shaw finally straight-up asked Rep. G.A. Hardaway the question on everyone's mind: whether there's a personal motive behind his ... shall we say ... over-enthusiastic interest in making sure men can get out of paying child support as easily as possible. (For more on one of his more interesting attempts, see Steve Ross
You can watch it yourself here,
starting about 55:40 or you can read my transcript after the jump.
Shaw: "I just wanted to ask the sponsor -- is this a bill that helps him personally?"
"I just want to ask, is this a bill that helps you personally with child support?"
Hardaway: "Well, the answer is no. The second part of that is that it's none of your business."
Shaw: "Well, I would think that, if that is the case, you know, we don't just make laws for one person. If that is the case."
Hardaway: "Mr. Chairman, he's out of order."
Chairman DeBerry: "I think this whole thing is getting a little bit out of order and, yeah, I agree. Representative Shaw, did you have another question?"
Hardaway: "Thank you, sir."
(h/t Speak to Power