There has been no shortage of uncivil discourse in American politics in recent years, but one Illinois Democrat kicked it up a notch Tuesday, telling a Republican colleague she would like to infect his loved ones with legionella bacteria.
Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit made the comment during a debate on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield over legislation that would raise the cap on damages the state can pay in civil cases to $2 million.
The measure was proposed in response to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at a veterans’ home that led to 14 deaths.
Republican state Rep. Peter Breen argued against the bill, saying most of the money would wind up in the hands of trial lawyers.
“I would like to make him a broth of legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved one(s) so they can be infected, they can be mistreated … and ultimately die,” Kifowit said in response to Breen.