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Gulf of Mexico? Try 'Gulf of America'

First, there were Freedom Fries.

So, of course, it makes sense that someone somewhere would try this – renaming the “Gulf of Mexico,” what else – the “Gulf of America.”

That’s exactly what Mississippi state Rep. D. Stephen Holland, a Democrat, is proposing.

According to a bill he introduced in the Mississippi Legislature, as of July 1, 2012, H.B. 150 is an act to provide that for all official purposes within the state of Mississippi, the body of water located directly South of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties shall be known as the ‘Gulf of America’; and for related purposes.” (Here’s the pdf of the bill.)

The bill is now before the Marine Resources Committee and is expected to get a hearing. It was referred to the committee Tuesday.

Holland’s office could not be reached for comment.

Holland, a former aide to late-Rep. Jamie Whitten (D) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R), appears to be a brash, blunt pol. (See videos here and here.)

The news was first reported by the BestofNewOrleans.com website.