West Virginia Lawmakers Got Sick After Drinking Raw Milk In Celebration of Passing A Bill To Legalize Raw Milk
OregonLive- Lawmakers in West Virginia who consumed raw milk after passing a bill legalizing the unpasteurized dairy beverage have fallen ill, but they insist the flu is to blame.
Now, the state Department of Health and Human Resources is looking into the situation.
Pat McGeehan, one of the sick lawmakers, told WSAZ in Charleston that a stomach bug has been making the rounds.
"There's definitely ... some other colleagues that have similar symptoms that I've been experiencing," McGeehan told the TV station.
Several lawmakers say a delegate who sponsored the bill, Scott Cadle (R - Mason, 13), brought in the drinks.
"[Cadle] caught me in the hallway, offered a cup to me, and you want to try to be a gentleman,"
McGeehan said. "I had a small sip and walked away and tossed the rest of it."
"I highly doubt raw milk had anything to do with it, in my case," McGeehan said.
Still, the lawmakers' plight has been picked up by national media outlets, which have seized on the apparent irony of the situation.
What's that they say, you have to stand by your failures to recognize your success? I don't know if lawmakers in West Virginia have all that much success to celebrate, but if they ever get some then they'll always have this failure to help them recognize it. That's got to count for something, I think, maybe. Listen, I understand the irony of inducing vomit via raw milk (whatever the fuck that is) while celebrating your legalization of raw milk, but it's better to find out you fucked up right away. Nothing worse than that feeling of sitting back years later and realizing just how big of a mistake you made. You can make fun of the couple that got divorced a month and a half after their wedding but that's a far better position to be in than couple that splits a decade later. Always better to nip that HIV in the bud before it progresses in to full blown AIDS. If you make a wrong turn do you ignore the monotonous bitch badgering you through your phone, or do you your best to correct it as soon as possible? Legalizing raw milk is like getting an abortion. The longer you wait to change your mind the more long term the ramifications become.
I suppose they could have tested the raw milk before making it available to their citizens, but that ship has sailed and we should be happy that it barely made it out of the dock before it sunk completely. Makes it that much easier to limit the amount of casualties. You can say they need to learn how to celebrate better, but their inability to have a good time is what's going to keep Mountaineers everywhere from potentially dipping their cookies in poison. So feel free to have your laughs, but don't forget how long we allowed smoking in restaurants before we realized it was killing us all slowly.