#3 - The Bullhook Bill
Representative Diana Urban of North Stonington and Representative Steve Fontana of North Haven share a romantic relationship, and a deep love for animals. This led them to crusade against the ankus, or "bullhook," an instrument used by circus personnel to manage elephants.
The use of the bullhook, they said, was abusing the elephants. The reality was that this was the safest and most humane way to handle elephants which are animals large enough to crush a human handler that is without an appropriate tool of motivation. The real aim of these two was to keep circuses from using any animals at all. Thus, in the state of P.T. Barnum, we stood the real possibility of circuses being a thing of the past if they got their way.
The proposal was so incredibly stupid that even Speaker Jim Amann refused to let it come to the floor of the House.
Despite what these two think, people don't go to the circus to see the Human Slinky or Slavic men in leotards fly through the air. A few people might go for the midgets, but most want to see animals! They want to see dancing bears. They want to see a tiger that might go Roy Horn on its tamer. And the children want to eat cotton candy and hot peanuts, and laugh when they see an elephant take a giant dump. They love it! That's the circus experience.
For failing to realize that, and for being glazed over with ill-advised animal fanaticism, I award these two the 3rd Dumbest Thing Done by Connecticut Democrats in 2007.