There has been heated debate recently in the Iowa State Legislature over funding for teachers and schools. Like in most states, these underpaid and under appreciated teachers spend much of their tiny salaries on supplies that should be at their ready.
There was a long-winded debate planned, and GOP Rep. Ross Paustian was caught reading a book entitled “Sex After Sixty,” later claiming that he was in fact paying attention and, besides, he already knew how he was voting.
Rep. Paustian explained to the media that this was just a case of “unfortunate timing” and that the photo was taken of him while the book–a gag gift to Rep. Rob Bacon, who sits next to him–which was being passed around during the debate, ended up in his hands while a camera caught the moment:
I’m getting a lot of pretty vicious emails from people, so I have to explain. The main thing is I was totally engaged in what was going on on the floor. … I knew what was going on. I knew how we were going to vote on amendments. So it wasn’t like I wasn’t paying attention to what was going on.
If any of my constituents were offended, I apologize. I certainly wasn’t trying to offend anybody. I’m doing my job here for my constituents.
But Paustian wasn’t the only one that wasn’t giving the debate their undivided attention. Rep. Clel Baudler appeared to be watching Netflix movies on this laptop, with headphones on.
And the local media isn’t going to let them hear the end of it.
Featured image cropped from a tweet from Brianne Pfannenstiel, a reporter at Des Moines Register