Politics + Executions = Comedy Gold!

In emails that have come out during the appeal of New Hampshire’s one and only death sentence, we have learned that former New Hampshire Attorney General (and current U.S. Senator-elect) Kelly A Ayotte began plans to run for election just days after announcing she was seeking the death penalty in the case.  As the New Hampshire Union Leader reports (in a special “print-only” article):

In one e-mail exchange between Ayotte and Robert Varsalone, her friend and future political advisor, under the subject “Get ready to run….,” Varsalone discussed Republican campaign chances and possible candidates.

“Have you been following the last 2 week.  A police officer was killed and I announced that I would seek the death penalty,” Ayotte responded to Varsalone in the Oct 27, 2006 e-mail.

“I know, I read about it.  Where does AG Ayotte stand on the Death Penalty? BY THE SWITCH,” Varsalone wrote back.

Funny stuff.

Speaking of politics, as California officials were trying in October to engineer a pre-election execution (an effort that failed and cost the state’s taxpayers $4 million) it turns out they were madly searching the globe for sodium thiopental, since their supply of the execution drug had expired.  From Pakistan to the U.K. they looked, but, as Stephen Colbert (who is a real comedian) explains below, they eventually found what they were looking for in neighboring Arizona, leading one California official to quip, “You guys are life-savers.”

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14 thoughts on “Politics + Executions = Comedy Gold!

  1. I found it idiotic and funny at the same time. It's no wonder that Stephen Colbert supports the death penalty and "a death for a death". I find it odd that Arizona "saved the life of the support of state-sponsored death" in California! Ironic! :|

  2. Thanks for sharing this video. I hate to laugh because it's awful. I'm happy that Illinois-based Hospira is sticking to their guns and not producing more of the drug!

  3. @Debbie Kearns, Stephen is actually a very liberal (politically) person. His character, however, is super right-wing conservative…but that is simply a character.

  4. I found it idiotic and funny at the same time. It’s no wonder that Stephen Colbert supports the death penalty and “a death for a death”. I find it odd that Arizona “saved the life of the support of state-sponsored death” in California! Ironic! :|

  5. Thanks for sharing this video. I hate to laugh because it’s awful. I’m happy that Illinois-based Hospira is sticking to their guns and not producing more of the drug!

  6. @Debbie Kearns, Stephen is actually a very liberal (politically) person. His character, however, is super right-wing conservative…but that is simply a character.

  7. I’m sorry. I’m just kidding. Forget that I said that. It’s still funny, after all! :D