A couple weeks ago, we had a look at some curious resolutions that Rep. Stefani Carter got through the House. It appears that she twice officially commended her boyfriend for his hard work on her campaign (work he was paid for, by the way). Now we’ve got the video below, taken last week at a District 102 candidate forum. In the short clip, Carter says the following in her introductory remarks:
“I, Stefani Carter, your current state representative, have had two life-altering events. One is, I had a terrible accident. I could have died. And the other is, my baby sister today, a couple of hours ago, had her first child, Ethan. And both of these things have caused me to ask, again, What is the purpose of life? Do you love what you do? That moment of truth when you feel like your life could come to an end. You ask those questions of yourself. I know that our colleague here, Sam Brown, understands that. I will tell you that I have come away again saying that I do love the Legislature. And I love serving as your conservative voice in House District 102.”
That was it. She offered no further details on this terrible accident that nearly killed her and caused her to reassess her political career and decide to seek reelection. Recall, too, that in October she told the Morning News that she decided to drop out of the race for railroad commissioner and run for her House seat again because people had expressed concern over the slate of candidates. So when did this life-threatening accident happen? What sort of accident was it? I called and emailed Carter to get some of these details. She has not responded.
When she mentioned Sam Brown, she also gestured toward him. In 2008, Brown was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan. He suffered burns on 30 percent of his body and went through a hellish recovery process. He has gotten some attention for the ordeal. GQ published a 7,500-word story about him in 2012, and I tossed in a few words of my own about Brown and the District 102 race in December.
If Carter is going to compare her life-changing accident to Brown’s bomb attack, if she’s going to mention the accident in her campaign speeches, then she needs to tell the full story. I’d like to hear it.