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One Republican aide thinks talking about funding for STD research is gross.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 29, 2009 3:15PM (EST)

Wednesday, I wrote about Republican opposition to a provision in the stimulus bill that provides for money for STD education and prevention, and how the funding would actually end up saving the country money down the line. But at least one Republican senatorial aide doesn't want to hear about that -- it's icky.

From Thursday's Washington Times:

"Senate big spenders will never be overbid in wasting tax dollars. But how in the world does STD research create jobs? Wait. ... Don't answer that. I don't want to know," said Wesley Denton, an aide to Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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