In Memoriam: U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

I really don’t have much to say on behalf of Miss Jones, but I feel moved to do another post on her in the face of the absolutely shameful way that this tragedy was handled by MSM, by reporting that she was dead before the early afternoon press conference on yesterday.  As you see there was a LOT of confusion concerning that post that required some quick alterations.  However given the severity of her aneurysm, there wasn’t much hope held out for her as she spent her last hours on life support with little if any brain activity.

I personally think that it was a hot mess how it was treated by CNN and no doubt the other networks.   I was quite shocked that her death got buried the way it did.  Don’t get me wrong, I think the plane crash in Spain was newsworthy, but when planes crashed in South American countries or Asian countries, they didn’t lead quite the same way.


Now, I know it’s not couth to talk ill of the dead, but I’m about to do it.

I didn’t really like Stephanie Tubbs-Jones during the primaries–at all.  Ohio politics was not my strong point, let alone the intricacies that are black politicians in Cleveland.  So, imagine my chagrin when I saw this woman who was one press and curl away from looking like Donna Brazile or better yet, as AverageBro said “someone’s hairdresser.”  I just imagined her being the loud mouth church women who holler at everyone during the meetings with a moutful of fried chicken from the local fried chicken place.

Forgive me oh Lord, but I’m going to say it…

The fact that she wore that lipstick that glistened in glare of studio lights and “talked black” just made me cringe even more.

Well, why you ask?

Because beyond the shadow of a doubt she was black.  There was no denying that.  Moreover, she wasn’t exactly stupid.  I think, well let me speak for myself, I would have more easily dismissed her had she been stupid.  Now I don’t think she was terribly smart simply because she took some unnecessary jabs at Obama and I think she got caught up by the Clinton mystique.

Well how did she?

I was ready to start a rumor that her, Hillary Clinton and Texas U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee  wer all part of some lesbianic relationship.  That’s the only reason I could think of why two black women were coming out in favor of Clinton in the face of constituencies that overwhelmingly voted for Obama and in the face of the Clinton’s with, at the time, their increasing unfavorableness with many of their voters.

Of course, as far as I’m concerned that’s just a rumor, and I’ll leave it at that.

Personally, I had never heard of her until about late January when the Clinton Conspiracy* was hatched.  And, yeah, I didn’t particularly care for her, but oh well, not everything goes my way. 

However, ultimately, I did like her passion and her unwavering enthusiasm.  She stayed true to herself despite what her constituents may have said and definitely what much of the uber-liberal black blogosphere had to say about her.  She was able to stay true to herself [I guess this is given she didn’t sip any of the Clinton Kool-Aid–but what if this is merely the aftereffects of the Clinton’s Kool-Aid wearing off!?!?!?] which is much more than I can say for some other people currently running for certain national offices.

*Stay tuned for a post about the Clinton Conspiracy.

What are your thoughts about U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.  I’m willing to accept the less than glowing sentiments about her, but I certainly won’t tolerate the “I’m glad she’s dead” comments.  So go on, and have your say.

Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL

8 thoughts on “In Memoriam: U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

  1. I didn’t know much about her, but may she R.I.P. I am a big fan for supporting Black people. Yes I am voting for Barack Obama because he is Black. everyone else does it…lol…Why can’t we support our own? Ok don’t beat me up, I support him for other reasons. But anyways, it made me mad when Black people went against him. But I got over it. Like you, I am glad that she stuck to what she believed in and didn’t let anyone sway her from it. She represented a strong Black woman and once again may she R.I.P.

  2. @socialite

    I used to support Obama because he was black. Then he pissed me off on how he handled the Jeremiah Wright issue and some other “personal responsibility” speeches he gave in certain black venues. And his non-attendance at certain functions I felt his presence was warranted.

    So, now I’m voting for him because he’s a democrat.

    Trust me, if Hillary Clinton hadn’t so royally shown her ass to the rest of black America, I would have demanded that I change my vote to Hillary Clinton and not Barack Obama in the primaries.

  3. Uppity,

    I strolled over here from Big Man’s place, while I’m here I will comment on Tubbs-Jones. I respected the sister but I did not care for her. I respected her because of her personal accomplishments, and her willingness to honor her word and stand by hillary. I did not care for her becasue she stood by while hillary and her gang tried to character assisinate Barack

    But what I hated about her the most was her hypocrisy. She accepted the will of the people in her district and took her seat in the U.S. House of rep, yet she ignored the will of her constituents when they gave their support to Barack during the primaries. Basically, she ignored the will of the people when it mattered most. All-in-all, RIP.

  4. @Imhotep

    I think you bring up such an interesting conundrum about the principles of a democratic republic. The framers of democracy as we know it were quite clear that there must be some sort of representative form of government because the people don’t always know what’s best.

    That beyond the shadow of a doubt, I agree with.

    I think if the people were so inclined that they really weren’t happy with her decision, it’s an election year, they’da voted her butt out.

    Although, my conspiracy wheels say she had been drinking the Clinton Kool-Aid and the effects wore off once she was no longer needed.

    Go figure.

  5. I thought Stephanie Tubbs Jones was wonderful – courageous and strong. She had integrity. She was honest. She was faithful, optimistic, and inspirational in the face of threats, ostracism and childish bullying. She knew that the ends do not justify the means. I am as sure as I can be that all of us have lost a person with rare and critical qualities that will not be easily replaced. She reminded this white, 61-year-old, who thought she was a liberal Democrat, that not all Black people hate Whites.

  6. I live in Ohio’s 11th district and was displeased with her representation or lack thereof. Did I mention I’m white? I can get over not having a congressperson represent my interests, but I cannot condone her lack of results in this troubled district.

    The 11th is the Stokes district…a proud district. Tubbs-Jones did nothing but treat the symptoms and not the problems. Few…too few laws were sponsored by her office. Yet she was non apologetic in taking one trip after another. In the meantime, gun battles have persisted in the east side of Cleveland. A man was set on fire. If I were representative of the district, I would have stopped what I was working on and petitiioned the President for federal intervention. What we heard was deafening silence.

    Tubbs-Jones sat as chair on the House Ethics committee and allowed relaxation of the rules prohibiting members of congress from taking free rides on “friends” jets. That seemed to be more important to her than the safety of her own constituents.

    I can say this because I live in the district. We deserved better.

  7. @Larry

    In this case, it doesn’t matter what color one is if one isn’t doing one’s job. I think it is interesting however that we don’t hear much from our U.S. Rep’s period.

    Living in Chicago, I never hear much from 1st District U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, I most certainly don’t hear much from U.S. Rep. John Lewis down here in Atlanta, but I really don’t think it’s a color issue, but more, what is it that the U.S. Rep. actually does. I see more work being done from the state Reps and senators and the U.S. Senators and other locally elected officials.

    Now, I do pose the question as to what kind of “federal intervention” are you speaking of–because if it was in the form of the national guard or something I’d be 10% AGAINST such a move.

  8. what i find peculiar is the fact that terry shiavo lived for years on life support..they had a big deal about pulling her off life support..yet this woman..was pronounced and withdrawn from life support withing HOURS of the it coincidence she was a Clinton then Obama supporter? ..she is the 3rd member of congress to die..and 3rd Clinton/Obama supporter to be killed…coincidence??

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