Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trending Now On Wikipedia: "Pulling A Frerichs"

We asked and you guys delivered!  Thanks to a tipster for sending us this screenshot of the latest update to Wikipedia:  entitled "Pulling a Frerichs".

You'll recall, that we asked for submissions on what to call the phenomenon of a politician proposing a program that already exists.  We thought it was very similar to this episode of South Park.

We might have to cut off submissions because we're not sure anyone can top this entry:

For the full background, check out this story that details how Democrat candidate for Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs proposed something for the office that (turns out!) already exists and is implemented.
“Mike Frerichs’ lack of knowledge of the office he seeks to occupy is nothing short of staggering. Time and again the Democratic State Senator has exhibited a disturbing level of unawareness that should deeply concern Illinois voters,” said Kevin Artl, Cross for Treasurer Campaign Manager. 
“His last miscue? Frerichs announced a new program for farmers, that already exists. This comes on the heels of Frerichs calling for a divestiture of Illinois’ investment in Israel, which followed a litany of other gaffes. A clear indication of how someone will perform in office is reflected in how they conducted themselves previously, and thus far, Frerichs has demonstrated a penchant for loving every tax increase that crossed his desk and tripping all over himself on the campaign trail.”

You'll recall that this isn't Mike Frerichs' first run-in with Wikipedia.  Nope.  Not the first.  He's also had a special phenomenon named after him called "The Frerichs Vortex":

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