LaBarbera Award: Perennial AZ Candidate Joe Sweeney’s “Genital Drives” and Mexican Whorehouses

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2008

Joe Sweeney

It’s time to give Oklahoma a bit of a rest. Today’s LaBarbera Award winner comes from my own back yard, right here in Tucson, Arizona. And there is no better recipient than our very own 13-time candidate and zero-time winner for Congress, Republican Joe Sweeney.

Arizona has a non-presidential primary coming up on September 9, and Republican candidates Joe Sweeney and Gene Chewning are running for Congressman Raul Grijalva’s congressional seat. Sweeney and Chewning sat down with reporters from the Tucson Citizen for a videotaped interview. This was Sweeney response when he was asked to give his position on the proposed anti-marriage amendment:

Sweeney: Yeah, I wouldn’t have a problem supporting that. I think you just can’t have two generations that are so confused about their genital drive or sexuality that they don’t know whether they’re coming or going. You can’t just add to that. It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire when you let this kind of nonsense going on and on.

And it goes back all the way to Sodomite statutes they had over in England back in the 1530’s. It was a felony. They’d put you in prison for a year if you conducted that kind of behavior.

Q: Was that good?

Sweeney: Yeah. Sure, they needed to do that. Otherwise you’d have even more chaos. People get addicted to these strange ways of exercising their genital drives. Once it becomes addictive, you’ve got a real problem, social problem.

Actually, when England enacted it’s anti-sodomy statutes in the 1500’s the penalty was death. Just so you know.

But that’s not the only lunacy coming from Sweeney’s mouth. It seems that when he thinks of homosexuals, he thinks of “genital drives” and whorehouses in Mexico. I really don’t know how anyone except Sweeney himself can make any sense of this, so I’ll just leave you with this video excerpt and relevant transcript without comment. Unfortunately , the video ends before the good part about whorehouses, but you can see the full video on the Tucson Citizen’s web site.

Sweeney: Yeah, you know, this Sodomite behavior is not marriage. It’s just, you can’t go with that, I mean, we’ve got a society that was founded on the principles of Christian doctrine, and that’s what you’ve got to go with. That’s what made this country, an ideology worth repeating.

Q: Actually, the country was founded on deist principles.

Sweeney: Well, it’s a deism that’s supported by some sense of revelations. Some sense that, that well over there was witched. That’s a sense of revelation. Do you see what I’m trying to say? We’ve got dogmatic theology and theistic theology and all that, but we also have the primacy of revelation theology that a lot of times is neglected by what I call “low church,” people that don’t understand the elevation of revelation theology.

Q: So, again I’m going to ask the same question I asked Mr. Chewning. Basically, a secular reason why two consenting adults of the same sexual orientation should not be married or allowed to be married.

Sweeney: Well because it’s addictive and it creates social chaos, social problems.

Q: Just out of curiosity, what would you base that on?

Sweeney: Well I would base that on the fact that people come together with their genital drives, and they either bridle their genital drives — and that’s what a marriage contract is supposed to be about — or they just go around acting like they can go whoring down in Nogales or prostituting anywhere they want, they can do whatever they want with their bodies. They don’t have any higher responsibility other than their own gratification. [Note: The video snippet above ends here; the full video continues with the following] Hedonism, which is maximizing pleasure over pain. And that’s what happens at Nogales every night when they go down there whoring and causing all the social strife. Now they got those kids in the whorehouses in Nogales coming up here to Tucson to be anchor babies. You know I’ve witnessed that stuff.

Q: Okay, so there’s another question following that. You guys both have said marriage should be between a man and a woman. What about a transgender person who used to be a man, now became a woman and wants to marry a man.

Sweeney: Well, I’ve got a friend like that. And… you know… That’s what he wants to do with his social activity and his life, his social functioning, that’s up to him, you know? But to say that we have to validate that, the rest of society has to validate that kind of behavior, you know, let him conduct his behavior the way that he’s going to conduct his behavior. You know, I don’t agree with prostitution in Mexico, but they have laws that say it’s a way of functioning, socially functional society five feet the other side of the border that allows that to happen. We think the repercussions of that totally outweigh the responsibilities.

Q: Just out of curiosity, what do you think that homosexuals have to do with whorehouses in Mexico?

Sweeney: Oh, I don’t know. We’ve got the only Southwest weekly newspaper, we’ve got more homosexuals down here than we’ve got a lot of other kinds of people.

Q: Again, what does that got to do with whorehouses in Mexico?

Sweeney: Well, what happens is you get what I call a hedonistic attractiveness to do anything and everything with your genital drive . ….

Q: Again, are the homosexuals frequenting the whorehouses?

Sweeney: I wouldn’t be surprised. Anything can happen around this town. We’ve got gay bars down on Fourth Avenue …

Sweeney ran for Congress twelve times before as a Democrat, a Republican, a Democrat, a New Alliance Party member and then Republican again, and he’s lost every time. Last year he captured the Republican nomination and the local party did everything they could to distance themselves from this gadfly. He’s just one of those people you can always count on around here to give the local elections a bit of, ah, color.

Chewning, believe it or not, may lose the primary to Sweeney this year on Sweeney’s name recognition alone. Not that Chewning is any kind of a political rocket scientist himself, if this video is any indication. Something about marrying first cousins or German Shepherds. At least Sweeney is creative.

Fortunately, the 7th is a very safe district for Rep. Grijalva.

All of you Oklahomans out there — feel better now?

a. mcewen

July 18th, 2008

what the heck is a “genital drive?”

Is it like a hard drive. If so, I need to go to Best Buy cause mine is broken.


July 18th, 2008

a. mcewen, it’s a floppy drive. Eight incher.

You made my day. I thought all the “nutcakes” (Senator Orrin Hatch’s label for us) and our very chronic foot-in-mouth diseased Representative Buttars get all Utahns labeled as weird.


July 18th, 2008

I pretty impressed with the interviewer.

Way too often, when confronted with this sort of rambling incoherence, the press allows it to slide and changes the topic.

Good for the Tucson Citizen. Loons who run for office should be given ample opportunity to “clarify” their views.

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2008

Sweeney is — how shall we say it? — a well-known local “character.” I suspect the reporters at the Citizen wanted to keep him talking just to see what gems would fall out.


July 18th, 2008

Ok, my head now hurts from reading that.

Unfortunately that makes Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann look like a rocket scientist and that is scary indeed. You have my sympathies.

Patrick ONeill

July 18th, 2008

Does anyone know if the interview is covered by copyright ?
It could make a terific stand-up comedy routine


July 18th, 2008

WELL,WELL,WELL, (as my 95 yr old G-mom used to say, lol), ALL THE NUTS are NOT in the Peanut


July 18th, 2008

He asked me to sign a petition a few weeks ago. I said, “Are you Joe Sweeney?” And he said yes, and I said, “You are a nut case!” and walked off.

Truly, he is a nutcase.

Samantha Davis

July 18th, 2008

Kirk: Sulu, go to genital speed!

Scotty: I’m sorry cap’n but the genital drive, I think she’s shot her load, sir.

Kirk: Scotty, I need more power.

Scotty: Aie, I think I can give you three minutes tops, cap’n.

Kirk: Steady as she goes!

… Or at least that how I imagined it. ;-)

John F

July 22nd, 2008

The first time I met Sweeney was back in 1973, when he was trying to start an argument at the Newman Center on the U of A campus. Physically, he hasn’t changed much since then, except for some wrinkles and mentally there also has not been much improvement. He’s a pathological hatemonger, and likes to be among hatemongers, the dumber the better. After being around Sweeney occasionally when he’s handing out leaflets downtown, I go home to my old dog and realize that the dog is smarter and kinder by a substantial amount, and also knows how to keep his genital drive under control. BTW, I strongly suspect that Sweeney is a virgin and has little knowledge of what goes on South of the border, literally or figuratively.

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