SEE ALSO: EXCELLENT PROFILE OF ANDY BARR’s OPPONENT, ELISABETH JENSEN, WHO WORKED IN HORSE INDUSTRY FOR MANY YEARS. , in the Daily Racing Form.
As we saw last week, predatory payday lenders give money to Andy Barr and Andy Barr uses his office to protect them.
And as we saw a month ago, when the Too Big To Fail failures give Andy Barr money… Andy Bar uses his office to protect them.
It’s no surprise then that when it comes to the Tennessee Walking Horse lobby, when they give Andy Barr money, Andy Barr uses his office to protect them.
The Tennessee Walking Horse folks have come under signficant scrutiny because their method of forcing horses to walk funny — by using acid and chains — has been widely decried as “torture” and is the subject of bills in both the House and the Senate to put a stop to the cruel and unusual treatment of these horses.
While those bills in the House and the Senate enjoy a level of bipartisan support little else in this Do Nothing Congress has achieved, neither bill is going anywhere. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell is blocking the legislation and in the House it’s being blocked by Marsha Blackburn and a small crew of other Republicans — including Andy Barr.
The House bill was introduced by Kentucky Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield — but that hasn’t stopped Andy Barr from claiming that it’s a Big Government Socialist Communist Fascist takeover of our traditional art form of torturing horses.
Over the summer, Andy Barr got in trouble in Lexington after he claimed that the Junior League Horse Show not only condoned this type of horse torture, it actually featured tortured horses in its many charity events. Like most of what Andy Barr says, this claim was patently false — and the Lexington Junior League wasted no time setting the record straight: While Andy Barr may approve of torturing horses, the Junior League most certainly does not.
You might expect that after wrongly accusing the Junior League of partaking in horse torture, Andy Barr would have learned his lesson and perhaps tried to avoid the subject altogether.
But Andy Barr is not like you. You have common sense.
Aside from that $1,000 from a payday lender outfit, the above contributions are all from Andy Barr’s most recent campaign contribution disclosure. As you see, there’s a contribution form the Show Horse Association and another from Michael Inman, the CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse group. Terry Dotson, Jim Courtner, Mindee Howard, and Virginia Stewart all appear to be involved in the Walking Horse industry. [See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here]
Andy Barr and his friends say that horse ‘soring’ can be self-policed, even though it hasn’t been, and they argue it’s not really torture, and well, they have a lot of arguments. You can make up your own mind:
(Warning: That video is hard to watch if you are opposed to horse torture or if you are someone who’s thinking about voting for Andy Barr… because that video is what Andy Barr is using his office to defend.)