31 March 2005

Bullard and the Swallow Test

Senator Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami), who frequently provides comic relief to the Florida Legislature's upper chamber. Following her "no" vote on the legislation by Senator Daniel Webster last week that was intended to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, Senator Bullard has continued to stick to her guns. A visit by Reverend Jesse Jackson may have changed her mind.

Following her meeting with Reverend Jackson, Senator Bullard stated that she would be willing to change her vote if it could be proven to her that Terri Schiavo could pass a "swallow test." Her statements caused quite a stir in the state's capitol, so Bullard released a clarification through a statement later in the day. Bullard stated, "there has to be absolute proof that Ms. Terri Schiavo is currently physically able to pass a swallow test. By this I mean non-reflexive swallowing affirming by independent medical personnel. Until that test is met and proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt, I will not change my vote."

More to come ...


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