Michelle Ugenti's Absurd Revenge Legislation, HB 2004

That comment was captured for posterity by the Arizona Legislature's video system.

At the time, I wrote the following:

Ugenti's lowbrow approach to politics was also on display as she chaired a recent session of the House Government Committee, which had just given a do-pass recommendation to a bill that would gut the authority of the Arizona Corporation Commission, and force it to get Legislative approval for certain decisions.

As the Legislative cameras rolled, Ugenti bantered with male colleagues about how long the hearing might go on and whether there would be a break for dinner.

One of them informed Ugenti: "Michelle, I have a hot date tonight."

"No you don't, stop it," she shot back. "Your right hand doesn't count."

Ugenti has become rather infamous for making inappropriate comments. And RubbingUGently (clever wordplay there, BTW) lampoons Ugenti's reputation as a wisecracking Republican party gal, with exaggerated and often risque fake Tweets.

Like this one from July 12:

"Sunday mornings are like my Saturday nights - just get on your knees, take a swig of wine & accept the body of a man into your mouth #Jesus."

Or this thought-provoking ditty on July 28:

"Ugh, Sorry I'm late. I was trying to figure out how to wear jeggings without camel toe #LD23."

Then this from July 11:

"Boobs aside, the best thing about me is my mind. But how do you take a picture of that??"

Sexist, inappropriate, crude? You betcha. But then, Ugenti's foot-in-mouth disease and her predilection for flippant, rude-girl remarks precedes her. Which is part of what makes the fake Twitter account amusing.

Does RubbingUGently cause "harm" to Rep. Ugenti? Not really, though I'm not sure what the legal definition of "harm" would be here.

Parody is protected speech under the First Amendment. And if Ugenti doesn't get that, I suggest she watch (or re-watch) Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, which covered the late Rev. Jerry Falwell's libel suit against Hustler Magazine for a parody of a Campari ad, wherein Falwell waxes sentimental about his "first time" in an outhouse with his mother.

So what does Ugenti achieve by introducing this legislation? Perhaps a bit of not-so-subtle intimidation.

As for the Rep missing the backstory, well, I'll be honest, I don't believe I'd ever heard of RubbingUGently before today, so perhaps the reporter didn't either.

But now that we know it exists, can we take Ugenti's bill any more seriously than we take Ugenti? I mean, hello, like most of the other nudniks in the state Legislature, she's practically the embodiment of self-parody.


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WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Are there ANY sane republicans in AZ elected office?  Seems there aren't!

LegitQuestions
LegitQuestions

While this parody twitter account may be part of her motivation, part of her motivation may also be what happened to an unfortunate assistant principal in the Higley School District last year. A disgruntled parent established an account on a porn website in the name of assistant principal Frank Hendricson, put photos on the account of Hendricson that he got off the school's website, put lewd photos purporting to be of Hendricson and his wife on the account and chatted on the account in Hendricson's name. All of that cost Hendricson a job with another school district when a parent at the new school googled Hendricson's name and discovered the account on the porn site. It could be that Ugenti's legislation was also in response to this incident and the way that Hendricson was victimized by the disgruntled parent.

That said, the disgruntled parent was convicted of computer fraud and identity theft - both felonies - so I'm not sure why we need additional legislation if we already have established law that adequately addressed the situation and was used to succesfully prosecute the disgruntled parent.

MilOpsReCon
MilOpsReCon

I haven't posted on this toilet paper rag for several years.  I use to post under my real name.  7 police reports later, a burned cross, spray painted filth on my garage door and some sort o poison poured on my front lawn in the shape of a penis and a few other childish terrorist acts.   Those were my rewards for expressing my 1st Amendment Rights here on this rag. 

Got to go to work so my tax dollars can support the apathetic sludge of society.  

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

She can't spell "federalism" let alone know what it is. It certainly doesn't apply to cities since her bunch constantly interferes in minute issues for cities to operate themselves. No issue is too small for these feeble minds.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Why are lunatics the default realm of Republican state legislators? Her websites constantly talk about her "leadership". Exactly who follows this buffoon? She leads no one. This district with Kavanaugh can take over this "leadership" role in the crazy district division. It figures Arpaio lives in this district.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

Looks like she has great tits! If I had one over each ear, I would not have to listen to the Feathered Bastard all day long

Hassayampa
Hassayampa

A parody means it's not real. It isn't identity theft, it's political satire and we don't need a law to control it. What would be nice, though, is a law to penalize public officials from making potentially offensive comments while in session. I'm not sure how I would explain to a nine year old what Rep Ugenti meant by "your right hand." That was inappropriate and she should have apologized for it.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Is she in the process of creating legislation to legislate uncouth and obstreperous behavior by herself and others like her?

I suppose it's possible that she could have a nickname, such as 'motor mouth', for a reason. I think with the new session having started the appropriate gift might involve knee protection.

"Urgenti", Bnbk? Nice play on her name. Makes one wonder what her urgency might actually be.

Bnbk
Bnbk

If Urgenti doesn't like the parody maybe she should watch what comes out of that immature mouth of hers.

marcy
marcy

Another nitwit legislator who thinks laws are the way to achieve societal politeness.  

We don't need more laws, particularly ones as vague as this one.  

david_saint01
david_saint01

lmao i think they took it easy on her...sadly Michelle, "welcome to the real world". hahaha

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@WhoKnows An insane population elects insane leadership. Not a difficult concept.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@LegitQuestions We need additional laws that address the exact same situation that the laws we already have address because, well, because Ugentii needs to up her cred among her fellow Republicants cause she just got "jacked" with her stupid, rude and sexist comments being aired in the public square.   It's the old "LOOK, Over there!" trick politicians have been using all along.  I say recall the ignorant bitch and make her work in the garden for a while until she loses that high and mighty attitude!

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

@bob_lablaw96 So why bother coming over here? Can't resist the Feathered Bastard I assume.

And by the way, the silicone in her titties, they were probably "Made in China." But regardless, there is no doubt she gets around, if you know what I mean. Kinda reminds me of Janet Napolitano's "frat girl", you remember that hot blonde MILF, who resigned because of her sexually frustrated comments at her male employees?

Bnbk
Bnbk

@Tommy_Collins Exactly Tommy,what is her urgency ? One would think with all the pressing issues we face in our state, Urgenti would pick a more important issue to address than this uneeded,self serving,piece of tripe legislation she introduced........ I know "Urgenti" is quite a stretch,but I had a long,hectic day and that was the best I could come up with. 

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@Lone_Wolf @bob_lablaw96 You make a good point. Janet should have had a shot at her before she became a "leader."


I come here to mess with folks.  Lemons has only two reasons to live: Arpaio and that POS, Pearce.  Once they die off, he needs a new song. I doubt this trollop will keep him employed for long.

Thanks for playing along

marcy
marcy

@david_saint01 @marcy 

They claim it but in fact they love big government.  I'm still waiting for the Tea Bag Party to start pushing to get rid of laws.  They seem consumed with expanding the role of government in our lives and the many laws they promote prove it.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@bob_lablaw96 @Lone_Wolf Not true, Mr. Lemons plays bass for a rather well-known metal band here in Phoenix.  He's got other options for income generation other than New TImes!

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