Georgia state rep says she opposed legislation because she was ‘mad’

Georgia state rep says she opposed legislation because she was ‘mad’
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A Georgia state lawmaker acknowledged to the widow of a man who was killed by a distracted driver that she voted against legislation that would double the fine for drivers who talk on the phone behind the wheel because she was "mad."

A video of the exchange published by Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta shows state Rep. Betty Price (R) telling the woman, Mary Carol Harsch, that she voted against the measure to protest her colleagues ignoring a bill she introduced last year.

"It's a protest because they ignored my bill last year," Price, who's married to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceGreen group calls on Pruitt to pay back first-class flight costs Top Dems seeks answers from HHS on ethics lapses GOP lawmaker calls for Shulkin to resign MORE, told Harsch.


"I’m just causing trouble," she added. "I’m not philosophically opposed. I’m just mad."

Harsch's husband, John Harsch, was killed in 2016 when he was struck by a distracted driver while riding his bicycle with a group of cyclists, according to Action News. 

Price told Action News that it was the language in the proposed bill that she opposed, and brushed off questions about her comments to Harsch. 

"A lot of people say that. Don’t listen to that," she said.

"I have complete empathy for her," Price said Friday of the widow. "We're solving the problem as best we can."

It's not the first time Price has faced scrutiny over controversial comments.

She came under fire last year when she suggested that people with HIV be quarantined to contain the virus. She also faced calls to resign from Georgia Democrats earlier this month when she said that the Democratic Party's strengths is "the evolution of their women to have higher testosterone levels than many of their men," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.