Daily Show: Lawmakers sick with ‘rash of reason’

May 8, 2014 by Dave Boucher

Remember that time a sitting West Virginia delegate went on a TV show, re-enacted drinking chemical water and then someone wearing similar clothing pranced around the Capitol grounds with a freaky mask and a tutu?

Trust us, that's Delegate Cindy Frich, R-Monongalia, behind the veil.

Trust us, that’s Delegate Cindy Frich, R-Monongalia, behind the veil.

Haven’t seen that one yet?

Well, you’re in luck.

Delegate Cindy Frich, R-Monongalia, stars in the latest take on the West Virginia chemical leak from Comedy Central’s John Stewart and The Daily Show. (Here’s their first spin with the chemical leak).

This time around, a Daily Show correspondent points out Frich and other Republicans helped passed a bill that increased regulations on the chemical industry following years of lawmakers focusing more on helping business than effective oversight.

His hypothesis: perhaps the chemically tainted water “mutated” lawmakers, forcing many to come down with a “mild case of social responsibility” or “a rash of reason.”

Dr. Rahul Gupta, head of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, makes a cameo as well.

Gupta’s reaction to the correspondent explaining why delegates were perhaps more motivated to enact change this year (it’s similar to NIMBY- not in my back yard) is entertaining.

But Frich’s final, head-scratching appearance takes the cake and, in the correspondents’ view, shows West Virginia water “is safe…from being too clean.”

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