Florida GOPer Pushing to Legalize Dwarf Tossing

All in the name of job creation, of course!
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2011 10:03 AM CDT
Ritch Workman, job creator.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(Newser) – Just when you thought politics couldn't get any zanier, Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman enters stage right. The Republican legislator, who is on a self-pronounced "quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people" is looking to legalize "dwarf tossing" in the state—all in the name of job creation, of course. Florida banned the practice in 1989, reports the Palm Beach Post, but Workman calls it "an example of Big Brother government" that does little more than "prevent some dwarfs from getting jobs they would be happy to get."

So he filed a bill on Monday that would bring back the activity, which he eloquently describes as "repulsive and stupid." But, hideous as it is, "it's none of the state's business if somebody wants to do this," says Workman. How is his effort being received by the Little People of America? Its Florida district director notes that "the possibility of getting paralyzed is high," and adds that "to be used as an object for people's amusement is very degrading." Fun fact from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times: Last month Florida Gov. Rick Scott included two rules related to dwarf tossing among the 1,000 he said he'd like to repeal.

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