When you mess with the goat, you get the horns
So Anthony Weiner, who could be New York City’s next mayor if Mike Bloomberg decides against buying another four years in office come 2013, decided to make a point about government waste. He got together with Rep. Jason Chaffetz and a pair of mohair goats, because the mohair industry gets federal subsidies. And then:
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was injured by a mohair goat on Thursday during a press conference to highlight subsidies to the mohair industry.
The goat nicked Weiner’s right hand with one of its pointy, foot-long horns, hard enough to draw blood.
Weiner was speaking to reporters in a park near the Rayburn House Office Building, and he was joined by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and two young male mohair goats, Lancelot and Arthur.
That’ll teach you not to carry on about government waste, Rep. Weiner.
Meanwhile, in his Congressional office or back in West Texas, Rep. Mike Conaway must be snickering. It’s the Texas Republican’s district that benefits from the mohair money, as he proudly boasts on his website according to coverage in a local paper:
Conaway, a Republican from Midland whose Congressional District 11 includes San Angelo and the Concho Valley, stressed the agriculture economic impact made by the wool and mohair industry, not only to the region, but the Lone Star State and nation.
“Since his election, Conaway has been an advocate for West Texas agriculture and has supported many initiatives that have benefited this region including the wool and mohair research program, Pierce’s Disease Research (wine grapes) at Fredericksburg and the Rio Grande Initiative for the conservation of water in the Rio Grande Basin,” said Ed Smith, director of AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University and host for the luncheon.
Conaway’s homepage has a pop-up in which the Congressman intones “Don’t mess with Texas.” But I guess his message to Anthony Weiner is “don’t mess with mohair.”
[HT: Dave Weigel on Twitter.]