Michelle Ugenti's Absurd Revenge Legislation, HB 2004
RubbingUGently The apparent target of Rep. Michelle Ugenti's legislative ire
Kudos to former Scottsdale mayoral candidate John Washington for calling out both the Arizona Republic and state Representative Michelle Ugenti on his Scottsdale Trails blog, and for introducing me to the hilarious and currently inactive parody Twitter site RubbingUGently, a wicked send-up of the Snottsdale sexpot-turned-Teabagger from Legislative District 23.
Today's Republic features an earnest examination of Ugenti's House Bill 2004, which would make it a Class 5 felony to impersonate someone online with the "intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten."
In its rather credulous report, the Republic paraphrases the femmebot Tea Party-animal as stating that, "she is confident her bill would not affect parody sites and is not intended to do so."
A YouTube video pimped by the wag (or wags) at RubbingUGently
But as Washington notes, the article never mentions that during the GOP primary for LD 23, Ugenti was lambasted by the ribald, parody Twitter account RubbingUGently.
"[T]he back story here is that Ugenti herself is a 'victim' of the very parody efforts she claims this bill isn't targeting. Starting sometime last year, a Twitter account popped up on the Scottsdale radar entitled `Michelle @RubbingUGently.' It's a spoof clearly originating from a televised crude comment Ugenti made [as reported by Stephen Lemons in the Phoenix New Times, but never in the Republic] toward a male colleague at a Legislative committee meeting this past spring."