According to sworn statements she made to the federal government, Rutgers Governor Sue McCue did political consulting work for such decidedly un-progressive corporations as Walmart and the American Gaming Association, a national lobby group for the casino gambling industry. McCue provided "consulting services" for Walmart and "public relations and policy consulting" for the gambling industry. Both are described as ongoing "clients" of "Message Global" which is, according to McCue's sworn statement, a company formed in 2009 that she owns in its entirety.
McCue also pocketed consulting fees from the notorious lobby group that advocates for continued and unrestrained violence in entertainment, the Motion Picture Association of America. McCue provides "consulting services" to this ongoing client of Message Global.
McCue also runs the Rutgers SuperPAC (AKA General Majority PAC) that inflicted serious damage on Republican legislators in Monmouth, Somerset, and Cape May counties. One attack leveled at these legislators was their position on the Second Amendment. It is deeply dishonest to not address the issue of gun control in its context of violence in our culture.
Think about it. France passed legislation a few years ago that bans overly thin models from the fashion industry because studies show that young women are influenced by the sight of these models to develop eating disorders. Britain is looking to ban the consumption of alcohol on broadcasts because government studies show that it leads to alcohol-related disorders. Here in America, we have long banned tobacco commercials for the same reason. But DC party gal McCue and her Rutgers SuperPAC would have us believe that subjecting an average child to 8,000 murders on TV before finishing elementary school and, by age eighteen, 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders, has no effect on his or her development at all.
We've known that violent-content acts like a drug on childhood development since President Bill Clinton first highlighted the problem in the aftermath of the Columbine shootings. He pointed to study after study and the marketing documents of the entertainment industry itself. All the evidence was there. Then he went further and ordered a study by the Federal Trade Commission. The study, released on September 11, 2000, can be accessed below:
In response, the entertainment industry increased its campaign contributions by 1,000 percent and spent hundreds of millions on lobbying and soft money to convince Congress to forget every study it had read. Then September 11, 2001, occurred and concerns over media violence were ignored in the run-up to war.
We are sick of watching self-righteous drug and violence advocates like Senator Loretta "Mother Roach" Weinberg (D-Corzine) happily allow grandchildren to watch a Tarantino bloodbath on TV, while they strip single moms of the right to defend themselves and their children. "Rely on the police," they are told when -- because of the economy people like the Senator has bestowed on them -- they must live and work in dangerous areas and police response times are simply too long. You and your children can not hide for that long a time and expect to survive.
Of course, the Senator and her colleagues have money and live in low crime areas with good police protection. And although they work in Trenton, they work in buildings protected by dozens and dozens of men with guns. Thick, burly, well-trained men who know how to kill if the need arises. Politicians value their lives, even as they devalue the lives of everyone else. As do the rich "activists" like the billionaire Bloomberg and all those Hollywood people and New York celebrities from the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
In 2017, Sue McCue and the Rutgers SuperPAC will again want to make a fashion statement that overturns the Bill of Rights and leaves the poor, working, and middle classes defenseless -- while she lobbies for an industry that makes wheelbarrows full of money feeding the culture of violence. We need to be ready for her -- and make sure that she gags on her own attacks.