What to do when you’re a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, and you’re settling into a long debate over a bill about teachers’ collective bargaining rights? If you’re Rep. Ross Paustian, you take the time to do some light reading about improving one’s life.
— Brianne Pfannenstiel (@brianneDMR) March 17, 2015
Rep. Paustian soon caught up with the Des Moines Register reporter who took the photo and explained that the book was a gag gift circulating the House floor, and he happened to be caught with it at that moment. According to the Register, the entire book is blank, because there isn’t that much advice for sixty-year-olds who want to have sex, har har, jokes.
Naturally, it turned into political cannon fodder for the bill’s Democrat opponents, forcing Rep. Paustian to issue an apology. “I’m getting a lot of pretty vicious emails from people, so I have to explain,” Paustian told KCRG. “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.
This Amazon page does not confirm whether the Register’s assertion is true — they could have possibly confused “Sex After Sixty” with another book titled “SEX after Sixty” — but there are over thirty used copies of the book for sale. Don’t buy them.
[Image via Brianne Pfannenstiel]
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