Most Venal-Looking Congressman?

I have seen plenty of smarmy looking congressmen over the decades, but this photo of Rep. Bob Filner (D-Cal) probably takes the cake.

Who would vote for someone who looks like he might mug you and steal your wallet before your leave the polling booth???

Or is there somebody I missed or forgot? What other member of Congress looks creepier?


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15 Responses to Most Venal-Looking Congressman?

  1. Tom Blanton November 11, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    What is it with House Members from California? They all give me the creeps. Waxman is scarier than Nosferatu and this guy, Filner, looks like he belongs to the Hannibal Lecter Fan Club. His photo says: “I’ve screwed you and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

  2. Jim November 11, 2009 at 8:56 am #


    I am amazed that people would spend my tax dollars to put out photos of themselves that look like this. It is a sign of how out of touch with humanity they have become….

  3. Jim November 11, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    NOAH PUGSLEY posted the following response to the Facebook posting of this blog: Oh, I dont know Mr. Bovard. He almost looks sweet, like the slow kid who was just fast enough to not be in special ed. If it werent for the fact that he deals in robbery, torture and murder for a living he’d almost be likable.

    Oh, and btw, Chuck Schumer hands down the creepiest. In every picture of him I have *ever* seen he looks to be snarling … Read Moreand judging me. Watching him is like that feeling you get if you ever turn on law and order, unbridled smarmy arrogance wrapped in a NY accent and attitude. Just terrible.

  4. W Baker November 11, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    I’ll put my “representative”, Mike Rogers, in the mix. In his “official” photo, he’s not quite as clownish looking at Filner, but let me assure you that he’s every bit as venal looking in real person. He’s locally known as the “undertaker” because of his quaffed, hair-sprayed hair that is subtly – and I’m sure expensively – combed forward and glued into place just like your local mortician.

    This guys a real tool. A night school lawyer, whose alma mater was only recently recognized in other States (not all but more than just Alabama!), he spends his days split between his used car lot (no kidding) and his campaign office. His “office” is right behind his old law building which he can no longer practice out of because of House rules. Anyway, Rogers was a player in the Alabama GOP, and when our former Representative, Bob Riley, left Washington to become our governor, Rogers was the first in line to get his endorsement. And, who would have thunk it, he was elected. There were other players in the GOP who got pretty sore at Mike and Bob’s little deal. But they were soon placated when Bob and MIke handed out some real nice sinecures.

  5. Dirk W. Sabin November 11, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Its like trying to pick the most suspicious cad…or cadette out of a line-up of pirates.

  6. Thomas November 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    You are right, Bob Filner looks creepy, but I live in Oklahoma, and my congressman has got him beat!

  7. Jim November 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Photo of Tom ColeTom Cole’s photo is certainly striking- but I’m not sure he trumps Filner.

    Other nominees?

  8. Jim November 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    Here is Wes’s nominee:
    Rep Mike Rogers

  9. Jim November 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Dirk, you slander pirates. Most pirates I know don’t have 3 day work weeks.

  10. W Baker November 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm #


    That’s a “small” hair day in that photo. I’ve seen the hair hat at three times that volume. But maybe, since I’m follicley challanged, I’m just jealous!

  11. Jim November 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Wes, maybe the dude used tax dollars to hire a fashion coach who told him to avoid the Jack Kemp look – at least on ‘school photo day.’

    If you come across a ‘full hair’ photo of this dude, shoot me the URL and I’ll post it here.

  12. charlie November 12, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    Mike Winder, the new mayor of West Valley City, UT. may not be a congressman, but he certainly deserves a spot in this lineup.

  13. charlie November 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    Here is the official photo:
    UT mayor

  14. Jim November 12, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    Holy smoke!

    The dude doesn’t believe in decaf, I reckon.

  15. Dirk W. Sabin November 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    Now, I’m always suspicious of the Saints but jaysus H. this Winder guy looks like his visage would be more expected at that Dinosaur Monument over in Vernal

    I pick up a sulfurous smell that don’t portend well.
    To be honest, somebody mentioned Waxman and with him, those Boca del Inferno nostrils open onto some of the outer rings of hell to be sure.

    But Winder, he take the cake, proving suburbia (West Valley City didn’t even exist in the 60’s) is the Spawning Ground of Hell.