As the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s especially true in politics.

The most recent example of the limits of good intentions is that of Lissa Lucas, who is running as a Democrat for West Virginia Legislature. On Feb. 9, Lucas traveled to Charleston to voice her opposition to a bill that aims to boost oil and gas development in the state. To make her point (which, according to her, was to emphasize how “the people who are going to be voting on this bill are often also paid by the industry”), Lucas stood in the legislative chamber and read aloud a list of lawmakers who had received support from oil and gas industry PACs. The spectacle took a dramatic turn when Lucas was removed from the chamber, allegedly for making improper personal remarks.

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