How does a Senator with a record like this close the sale with Kentucky women?
- opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay
- voted repeatedly to kill the Violence Against Women Act
- rejected the Paycheck Fairness Act
- voted to restrict contraception access
It is a tough sale. America is at the tipping point when a woman is likely to become President of the United States. It is a time when the national initiative is likely to breakdown the last barriers to inequality for women. It is also a time when American voters need to address the unequal representation that women have in Congress.
Kentucky women have a choice:
- Elect a woman to the Senate
- Elect a male incumbent who has not supported women
It isn’t just about gender in office, of course. It is about what the Senator, in this case, is fighting for.
Take a look at the Senator’s voting record to see a great majority of “Nay” votes. Read it here:
He voted for the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013.
“Authorizes a chief of staff or commandant of the Armed Forces to permit a commissioned officer to determine whether to court-martial the trial of a military member who has allegedly committed, conspired, solicited, or attempted an offense that has a maximum prison sentence of more than 1 year including, but not limited to, the following offenses (Secs. 2 & 3):
- Rape and sexual assault;
- Stalking; or
- Other sexual misconduct.”
On the other hand, he doesn’t like the “Paycheck Fairness Act”.
He voted in favor of allowing:
“a woman to breastfeed her child on federal property if she and her child are authorized to be at the location (Division D, Sec. 727)”.
Part of McConnell’s closing pitch is that women should reject the candidate who supports protecting women in the workplace, helping women have more educational opportunities, and preserving women’s reproductive rights. Does that make sense?
Mitch McConnell allegedly plays sleight of hand, sometimes. Here is an example.
“Mitch McConnell Touts Support For Violence Against Women Act, Which He Repeatedly Opposed
Posted: 08/05/2014 12:44 pm EDT Updated: 08/05/2014 12:59 pm EDT
WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled a new campaign ad on Tuesday that gives an incredibly misleading account of his record on the Violence Against Women Act, a bill he has voted against repeatedly — most recently opposing it over its expanded protections for victims of domestic abuse.
In the ad, called “As If,” McConnell’s wife defends his record on women’s issues against “desperate” attacks from his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. A narrator’s voice says McConnell co-sponsored the original VAWA and has “always supported its purpose.” In fact, the narrator says, McConnell voted for “even stronger protections” than President Barack Obama advocated, though it’s unclear which protections that refers to.
But the ad only tells a small piece of the story.
McConnell did co-sponsor the original bill in 1991, which never got a vote, but hepulled his sponsorship when it came up again in 1993 and voted against the versionthat became law in 1994. More recently, McConnell voted against reauthorizing VAWA in 2012 and then again in 2013. Instead, he pushed for a scaled-back GOP version of the legislation that left out protections for LGBT, Native American and undocumented immigrant victims of domestic abuse. Democrats ultimately prevailed, winning over other Republicans to back the broader bill.
McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore declined to comment on the misleading nature of the ad. Instead, she pointed to some of McConnell’s past actions in support of VAWA, including his co-sponsorship of the original bill in 1991 and his support for VAWA in 2005, when the Senate reauthorized it with an unrecorded voice vote.”