Olbermann names Schultheis ‘Worst Person in the World’ for HIV+ moms, babies remark

State Sen. Dave Schultheis earned a distinction he probably won’t be using in his next electoral bid — “Worst Person in the World” — from the liberal MSNBC news analysis program Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Schultheis has received universal scorn for his remarks yesterday that HIV testing for pregnant woman ‘rewards promiscuity’ and that babies born HIV positive are punishment for immoral behavior during a Colorado Senate floor debate on a communicable disease control bill.

As we reported Wednesday, the Colorado Republican Party didn’t return a call seeking comment on Schultheis’ remarks. Or those of Sen. Scott Renfroe who compared homosexuality to murder in a Monday floor debate over a bill to expand health benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.

Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry told the Rocky Mountain News that “he’s not going to muzzle his caucus.”

“People are entitled to their opinions,” the Grand Junction Republican said. “It’s not my job to go around and censure people and tell them what to say.”

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