Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|Wisconsin conserative radio host Vicki McKenna, left, and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, right. (Photo: Journal Sentinel files,AP)|
Conservative Wisconsin radio talker Vicki McKenna went to Washington to testify about vaping and ended up squaring off against liberal Michigan U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
The tense exchange included allegations about conspiracy theories — and questions over why McKenna had winked at U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, another longtime Wisconsin conservative.
The dispute erupted Tuesday during a House Oversight Committee hearing when McKenna, who testified under her legal name Vicki Porter, was serving as a pro-vaping witness at the "Don't Vape" hearing.
McKenna, 51, was invited by the Republican committee members and testified about her experience as a former cigarette smoker who was only able to quit nicotine after discovering electronic cigarettes. McKenna hosts a radio talk show on WISN (1130-AM) in Milwaukee.
"It literally changed and probably saved my life," she testified. "My lungs are healthy. ... Vaping is a health miracle to me."