From now on when ever you see the word loser in the dictionary you might see a picture of soon to be former congressman Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio. Driehaus is blaming the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List for his shellacking in November, going so far as to sue the PAC in federal court for “character defamation” and “depriving him of his livelihood.” Driehaus was one of those pro-life congressmen who decided to vote for Obamacare even though the “Stupak Amendment” banning the use of federal funds for abortion was stripped out of the bill and replaced by a nonsensical executive order that did basically nothing.
Citing an Ohio statute that makes it a crime to knowingly tell malicious lies about a public official, the formerly pro-life congressman filed a criminal complaint against the PAC on Oct. 6, insisting that the health care bill he voted for would not fund abortion.
“The four billboards we planned to put up in his district, but were never allowed to, said: ‘Shame on Driehaus. He voted for taxpayer funded abortion,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List, told The Examiner.
However, many other pro-life groups besides the SBA List believe otherwise, including The National Right to Life Committee and Ohio Right to Life, whose executive director, Mike Gonidakis, said: “The health care bill that Rep. Steve Driehaus voted for is a death sentence to an untold number of innocent unborn babies and he knows it.”
This is how you know Driehaus’ suit is bogus. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio took the side of the SBA list, saying
“The people have an absolute right to criticize their public officials, the government should not be the arbiter of true or false speech and, in any event, the best answer for bad speech is more speech,” the ACLU Ohio’s amicus brief noted.
Right after the election, Driehaus dropped his criminal complaint, but he is now suing in federal court for defamation and “loss of livelihood” for pointing out his flip-flop on the abortion issue. Congressman Driehaus does not deserve to win this lawsuit. He should be given a pacifier told to quit whining and go to bed.
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