• Former Astronaut Sued for Calling Himself an Astronaut

    With the economy on the mend and the GOP failing at its war against women, it's not a great time to be running as a Republican. So some GOP reps are doing whatever they can to ensure victory in 2012.

    Like suing a rival for rightfully bragging about being an astronaut

    In a pointed new challenge, a Sacramento law firm is asking a judge to block [Democratic congressional candidate Jose] Hernandez from describing himself as an "astronaut/scientist/engineer" on the June ballot. The lawsuit notes Hernandez has left NASA.

    "Hernandez's attempted use of 'astronaut' violates the Election Code's unambiguous requirement that a candidate's ballot designation reflect one's current profession, vocation, or one held during the previous calendar year," the lawsuit states…

    "In the same disclosure to Congress, [Hernandez] reported that he received no income from NASA in 2011," the lawsuit states, adding that "astronaut is not a title one carries for life."

    America: Where politicians don't just lie, they sue people for telling the truth.

    As Politico notes, the law firm behind the suit has "an extensive relationship with his Republican opponent," Rep. Jeff Denham. That's Jeff Denham, not to be confused with the popular ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. One guy plays with a dummy on stage and the other just is one.

    Even if Hernandez manages to beat the lawsuit, he may still have a hard time marketing himself as the consummate astronaut-politician. Everyone knows Newt Gingrich is the undisputed President of Space.

    Photo by Abid Katib/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: California, Democrats, NASA, Republicans, Science & Technology


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