NY Pol offers stupidest anti-MMA argument of all time
The fight for the regulation of mixed martial arts in New York was long and sometimes bizarre, peaking at the final debate.
“I should really like it,” said Rosie O’Donnell’s brother, Assemblyman Daniel. “You have two nearly naked, hot men, rolling around on top of one another, trying to dominate each other. And just in case you don’t know, that’s gay porn with a different ending. Okay?”
O’Donnell is a role model in how you can be publicly highly successful, and proudly gay. However, he traced his opposition back to a colleague who thought MMA was “unChristian.”
Matthew Titone, another out assemblyman, supported the bill, but couldn’t resist a gay joke.
“If I wanted to see half naked men fighting in a cage over a belt and purse, I’d go to Fire Island,” he quipped.
Assemblyman Charles Barron compared MMA to slavery, where men on plantations were “thrown in a cage.”
And in a moment of remarkable irony, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick accused MMA stars of being part of the “dumbing down of America.” Glick was unaware that gloves are used in the sport. And afterwards she unknowingly engaged in a twitter battle with a troll.
However, this buffoonery was eclipsed by the great, blazing, blinding light of stupidity that emanated from Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak (C-Cheektowaga), 29.
Wozniak voiced the concern that legalizing mixed martial arts might somehow lead to registered sex offenders owning schools that teach amateur mixed martial arts to kids.
“We can’t be naïve to the fact that these people target these schools,” said Wozniak, as transcribed by Ken Lovett for the NY Daily News. “They know what they’re doing. They know that if they’re teaching a child they can put that child in a situation where they’re doing a maneuver perhaps to touch them in a way that that the child might not even realize they’re being touched or they can gain trust with that child and really harm that child.”
This was puzzling on a number of accounts. For one, it is bonkers. For another, Wozniak is a sponsor of the bill she was arguing against. And thirdly, Angela Wozniak is an unlikely figure to be discussing sexual predators.
Wozniak is married with a young son, and campaigned on a pledge of bringing “Western New York values to Albany.” She is an enrolled member of the Conservative Party, whose leaders support traditional family values.
She replaced former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga), who resigned amid a flurry of harassment charges brought by female staff members. A half dozen former and current female staffers, claimed the assemblyman’s unwanted advances included taking them to massage parlors and sending at least one woman a video of a sex act being performed on him.
Unfortunately, the values-trumpeting Wozniak was the subject of an Ethics Committee probe, into allegations that she coerced a male staff member into having sex with her. Elias Farah, 29, was the lawmaker’s $39,884-a-year legislative director.
The busy Assembly Ethics Committee concluded in a report earlier this month that while the sexual relationship may have been consensual, Wozniak did retaliate against Farah.
Wozniak will have to pay Farah’s salary and benefits through Feb. 2017, unless she leaves office before then, or the Assembly places him in a comparable job before that date. The Assemblywoman is also prohibited from having interns. And an independent investigator will survey her employees at least semi-annually, to make sure there is no further sexual misbehavior on her part.
Following her speech, Wozniak voted in favor of the bill.
Wozniak’s formal apology for her sexual transgression, with a dash of sorry not sorry:
Since her sanction by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Wozniak has faced calls from home to reconsider her re-election bid.