Glenn Grothman is already a state senator in Wisconsin, but now he wants to move to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a senator he said lots of bizarre things, like claiming Kwanzaa was part of a leftist plot to destroy America. In 2010 he declared that there was a “war on men” in this country and we would not survive unless it ended. Right Wing Watch has a list of many other examples.
This year, Grothman has pushed to undo a state law that requires businesses to give their employees at least one day off a week. Grothman also backed efforts to block paid sick leave requirements and require state employees to work on Martin Luther King Day. In 2011, when protesters were occupying the state capitol in protest of Gov. Walkers’ union-busting laws, Grothman called the protesters “a bunch slobs” and “college students having a fun party.”
After Wisconsin passed a comprehensive sex education bill in 2010 in an effort to combat a growing rate of STIs among teenagers, Grothman told a reporter that the sex ed classes would be used to recruit kids into homosexuality.
“Did people even know what homosexuality was in high school in 1975?” he asked. “I don’t remember any discussion about that at the time. There were a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys, but that’s a different thing than homosexuality…Homosexuality was not on anybody’s radar. And that’s a good thing.”
He added: “Why sit down with 7th graders and say to some you will be heterosexual, some homosexual? Part of that agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals.”…
In 2012, Grothman introduced a bill that would have required state agencies to list single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse. He later claimed that single mothers scheme to have children out of wedlock and are “trained” to say that their pregnancies are unintended. He wrote in a newsletter the same year that “the Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government.”
Sadly, those positions would make him about average for a House Republican these days.