Rep Jackie Walorski (Indiana) has died in a car crash
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« on: August 03, 2022, 02:50:39 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2022, 02:53:25 PM »

Damn condolences to her and her family and friends.

This really shows how car accidents can cut anyone's time short if they're in the wrong place at the wrong time

I feel really bad for her family
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2022, 02:56:23 PM »

Awful news. RIP
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2022, 03:02:14 PM »

So awful to hear.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2022, 03:02:38 PM »

RIP Sad
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2022, 03:03:09 PM »

RIP, scary reminder that we can go at any time, so make the most of your relationships
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2022, 03:04:56 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2022, 03:07:38 PM »

RIP. Awful to hear.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2022, 03:11:12 PM »

Wow, that's shocking and very sad. RIP to all involved.
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2022, 04:13:33 PM »
« Edited: August 03, 2022, 04:47:49 PM by Storr »

Head on collisions are legitimately frightening, with good reason. RIP:

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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2022, 04:19:02 PM »

Really tragic and unexpected stuff. RIP
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2022, 04:43:10 PM »

According to wikipedia, the last member of Congress to die in an automobile/traffic accident while in office was Theo Ashton Thompson of Louisiana's 7th district on July 1st, 1965. He was succeeded by future political legend and living meme, Edwin Edwards.
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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2022, 05:39:24 PM »

Two of her staffers have died as well: a district director and a press secretary.
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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2022, 05:54:55 PM »

Wow that's awful. RIP.

According to wikipedia, the last member of Congress to die in an automobile/traffic accident while in office was Theo Ashton Thompson of Louisiana's 7th district on July 1st, 1965. He was succeeded by future political legend and living meme, Edwin Edwards.

This was something that I thought about when I heard the news, how infrequently American politicians seem to die in car crashes compared to the general population. Contrast that with the rate they die in plane crashes due to frequent charter plane usage, or seem to be involved in instances of vehicular manslaughter. I can think of several high profile instances of both, but very few where well known elected officials are killed in traffic accidents.  
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2022, 06:41:44 PM »

Wow that's awful. RIP.

According to wikipedia, the last member of Congress to die in an automobile/traffic accident while in office was Theo Ashton Thompson of Louisiana's 7th district on July 1st, 1965. He was succeeded by future political legend and living meme, Edwin Edwards.

This was something that I thought about when I heard the news, how infrequently American politicians seem to die in car crashes compared to the general population. Contrast that with the rate they die in plane crashes due to frequent charter plane usage, or seem to be involved in instances of vehicular manslaughter. I can think of several high profile instances of both, but very few where well known elected officials are killed in traffic accidents.  

We have an entire national wildlife refuge right outside of Philly city limits (John Heinz NWR) named after, well...John Heinz, PA senator who died in a helicopter crash during the early 90's. 
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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2022, 07:29:03 PM »

Very sad, sudden, and shocking.

Two of her staffers have died as well: a district director and a press secretary.

And it gets even worse...
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2022, 08:55:12 PM »

Wow that's awful. RIP.

According to wikipedia, the last member of Congress to die in an automobile/traffic accident while in office was Theo Ashton Thompson of Louisiana's 7th district on July 1st, 1965. He was succeeded by future political legend and living meme, Edwin Edwards.

This was something that I thought about when I heard the news, how infrequently American politicians seem to die in car crashes compared to the general population. Contrast that with the rate they die in plane crashes due to frequent charter plane usage, or seem to be involved in instances of vehicular manslaughter. I can think of several high profile instances of both, but very few where well known elected officials are killed in traffic accidents.  

If you assume that a member of Congress has an equal chance of dying in a car accident as the average American, you’d expect one member to die in car accident every 15-20 years.  So if it hasn’t happpened in over 50 years, I guess that is unusually rare.

However, auto deaths are significantly more common among younger people than older people, and members of Congress are definitely old…so in that sense MCs should be less likely than average to die in a car accident.

The fact that they are more likely to die in planes is entirely unsurprising.  There have been almost zero deaths on domestic commercial airlines in recent years, and the number of Americans that ride on more dangerous private planes on anything like a regular basis is minuscule.
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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2022, 12:00:07 AM »

However, auto deaths are significantly more common among younger people than older people, and members of Congress are definitely old…so in that sense MCs should be less likely than average to die in a car accident.

Members of Congress almost never drive themselves though, they usually have staffers do it when they're doing work-related stuff. And given that staffers are mostly on the younger end, I'm frankly surprised it doesn't happen more often.
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2022, 12:26:38 AM »

Very sad. May she rest in peace.
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2022, 01:08:15 AM »

Horrifying way to go, RIP and prayers for her and the other victims' families.
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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2022, 04:16:02 AM »

Read earlier that her last campaign stop before getting on the road was an anti-abortion "reproductive consulting center". I guess she died doing what she loved. Maybe the Indiana State Legislature can honor her by putting a referendum or constitutional amendment on the ballot this November.
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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2022, 06:49:13 AM »

RIP
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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2022, 06:53:31 AM »


I’m not sure what this achieves on an RIP thread. Do you think we need an additional thread about abortion?
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« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2022, 08:25:50 AM »


I’m not sure what this achieves on an RIP thread. Do you think we need an additional thread about abortion?

You'd think she would want to be remembered for her "accomplishments," no?
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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2022, 08:35:35 AM »


I’m not sure what this achieves on an RIP thread. Do you think we need an additional thread about abortion?

Not to compare this place to the cesspool (or Eden, depending on the day) that is Reddit, but I think the Reddit thread on her death under the news sub handled this properly:  posters were allowed to criticize her legislation, her votes, her political agenda, but they were not permitted to openly celebrate or praise her objectively tragic demise.  

It's a very thin line, but it's a line that CAN be established. 
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