Gordon Smith Poisons His Constituents

October 23rd, 2008at 07:18am Posted by Eli

And everyone else:

I just got a Sierra Club press release with some very gross information about Gordon Smith’s company, Smith Frozen Foods.  Apparently, Smith Frozen Foods started storing partially treated sewage from the town of Weston into his company’s wastewater pond in the 1980s, when Smith was directly controlling the company.  That’s fine, it’s what companies do when they have lots of land and the ability to handle partially treated sewage.  Here’s what’s not fine.

This water is then used to irrigate cropland, in violation of Department of Environmental Quality regulations.  A mutual agreement between Smith and the [Department of Environmental Quality] indicates that this irrigation likely violated state regulations.

There’s more.

On more than one occasion, Smith Frozen Foods, the company owned by Gordon Smith, has violated Oregon’s laws against having coliform bacteria in their drinking water.  The presence of coliform bacteria may indicate environmental contamination, fecal contamination or E. coli bacteria.

What is coliform bacteria?

Coliform bacteria are organisms that are present in the environment and in the feces of all warm-blooded animals and humans.

That is completely gross, but totally in character for Republicans.  Rick Perlstein has documented what he calls ‘e coli conservative’ policies has led to contamination of, among other foods, spinach, peanut butter, tomatoes, Taco Bell lettuce, mushrooms, pet food, and more.  You just don’t expect a Republican Senator to actually grow and sell these contaminants for millions of dollars (which he then used to stay in office).  Usually, it’s a little less direct than that, large agribusiness bribes the Republicans to do their bidding, and then these companies drop sewage into our food supplies.  I guess in these hard times, Gordon Smith has decided to cut out the middleman.

Most Republicans are content to peddle sewage metaphorically, but Gordo goes all-out.  He is literally telling us to eat shit and die.

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