Has Hubris Finally Tripped Up Rep. Ed Whitfield?

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Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky)

The ancient Greeks considered “hubris” — excessive pride — a big-time sin. The Good Book warns us that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Jim Pence, who runs the Hillbilly Report blog in Kentucky, says U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., doesn’t really live where he says he does and might be guilty of voter fraud.

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Whitfield’s district sprawls over conservative western Kentucky, where almost all of the media is Republican-friendly. Whitfield and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell especially enjoy good press in this neck of the Bluegrass State woods.

Pence hopes the national media will take a gander at his story and investigate Whitfield, who first got elected in 1994. “Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY): A Scandal Waiting for the Media To Pick It Up?” he headlined his latest post on the topic.

Berry Craig“Ed Whitfield is one of the most anti-union and pro-big business Republicans in Washington,” said Jeff Wiggins, a Steelworker and president of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council. “He is a Mitch McConnell clone.”

Paducah is in Whitfield’s district. “Whitfield is an arrogant country club Republican, but he panders to the tea party,” said Wiggins, who is president of Steelworkers Local 9447 and sits on the Kentucky State AFL-CIO Executive Board.

Berry Craig

Published by the LA Progressive on June 18, 2011
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About Berry Craig

Berry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, and the author of True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo, Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers and Hidden History of Western Kentucky. He is a native of Mayfield, Ky., where he lives with his wife of 33 years and their 20-year-old son.

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