Republican Senate candidate Karin Housley reportedly compared former first lady Michelle Obama to a “chimp” in 2009 in a comment on her Facebook page, HuffPost reported Monday.
Housley, a Minnesota state senator, is running against Senator Tina Smith (D), Minnesota’s former lieutenant governor who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Senator Al Franken (D) last year.
> In an April 2009 Facebook post, Housley criticized the first lady’s posture when she met Queen Elizabeth II.
> “Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!),” Housley wrote on her Facebook wall.
> In the comment thread on her post, Housley said the chimpanzee in the 1951 film “Bedtime for Bonzo,” starring then-actor Ronald Reagan, likely had better posture than Mrs. Obama.
> “I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle,” Housley wrote. “Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.”
When HuffPost asked if Housley stood by her comments, her campaign spokesperson, Jake Schneider, offered only a retort:
> “It’s not surprising the Huffington Post—basically an extension of the Democratic Party—would do Tina Smith’s dirty work for her,” Schneider said in an emailed statement. “This is what the radical left does when they are losing—they attack Republicans so they don’t have to come up with solutions to the problems Minnesotans are facing.”
Also in April 2009, Housley took aim at Hillary Clinton’s appearance while writing a column for the Stillwater Gazette:
> “Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t even have to utter a word and people thought she wasn’t qualified. Sarah is beautiful (hot even, some say), with a stunning smile, great figure and an adorable family,” she wrote.
> “Is it possible that we judge the beautiful people in reverse? She’s attractive, therefore not smart?” Housley continued. “Would we rather have our women in politics look like Hillary Clinton?”