Cringeworthy video this morning from the well of the Colorado Senate, here’s Sen. Larry Crowder discussing his reasons for voting yes on House Bill 15-1144, banning the use of tiny plastic “microbeads” in personal care products that are accumulating in waterways:
CROWDER: Thank you Mister Chair, I wrestled with this bill harder than any bill I’ve had to date. The very idea of our facial cream, if the ladies had to give that, that, the beads up, would that affect the beauty of the ladies in which we deal with on a daily basis? I say, my fellow Americans, I was assured that it does, it would not, so therefore I will be a yes vote on this. I do believe the industry came forward in droves and indicated that they would like to quit making this, but the beauty of the ladies in which we deal with is a real factor to me, and I struggled with this, but I am gonna be a yes vote. And I hope this is the right vote, because I want the ladies to stay pretty. [Pols emphasis] Thank you.
So, um, this is one of those jokes that was maybe a little bit funny the first run-through, even forgivable from a crusty Stetson-toting sagebrushy guy like Larry Crowder. As you can hear in the video, he got a small courtesy laugh out of “the beauty of the ladies in which we deal with” when he first trotted that punchline out.
By the end, you’re just like, this is kind of creepy.