I was afraid this was going to happen by Ohio Sen. George V. Voinovich voted yesterday (Sept. 9) to end debate on Cass Sundstein as President Obama's pick to lead the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs - more commonly called the "regulatory czar."
Voinovich was one of seven Republican senators to basically support the hardcore anti-hunter. In this he joined uber-liberal Ohio SEn. Sherrod Brown.
His appointment was opposed by not only the National Rifle Association but also the Columbus-based U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Just how extreme is Sunstein's anti-hunting opinions is reflected by his past comments and positions. Among them were..."we ought to ban hunting, if there isn't a purpose other than sport and fun."
Sunstein also wants to give legal rights to both domesticated as well as wild animals, ban grayhound racing, cosmetic testing on animals, and even meat eating.
Likewise Sunstein also believes that rats (RATS!) should be humanely removed instead of being killed as the vermin they are.
If that isn't enough Sunstein wants every animal product to be packaged with graphic pictures and descriptions of how those animals were processed! YIKES! So not only is he anti-hunting but also anti-farming, and the last time I checked raising livestock in Ohio was a pretty big business.
How in the world Voinovich - who likes to fish and has courted sportsmen - could support Sunstein is a total mystery. Had he and the other RINOs (in this case) voted not to end closure then Sunstein would not be a position to regulate federal laws impacting both hunting laws and farm policy.
It was a very sad day for this country's hunters and I for one am very, very disappointed in a man I've always liked and respected.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn