The Young Guns: A Pattern of Abuse Against Women?
Earlier I wrote about a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ad against Jeff Perry of Massachusetts, focusing on his past scandal of illegal strip searches, in some cases performed on teenage girls.
Now it seems that the Perry ad is part of a DCCC campaign to highlight the Republican National Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns,” a group of new Republican candidates running this cycle. And, according to the DCCC, this group of men has a surprisingly antagonistic relationship with women.
House Republican Leadership have recruited, endorsed, and promoted the campaigns of Young Guns candidates with a history of contempt, violence towards women, and wildly extreme policies towards women.
A recent report about NRCC Young Gun Tom Ganley (OH-13) being sued by a potential campaign volunteer for attempted rape and sexual assault comes on the heels of recent reports about other highly NRCC touted Young Guns and candidates including Jeff Perry (MA-10), Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Brad Zaun (IA-03), Dan Benishek (MI-01), David Rivera (FL-25), Keith Fimian (VA-11), Dan Debicella (CT-04), Dan Webster (FL-08)
“It sends women across the country a chilling message when House Republican leadership promotes the campaigns of their Republican recruits with allegations of attempted rape, sexual assault, restraining orders, and other violent behavior towards women,” said Jennifer Crider, DCCC spokesperson. “Our mothers, daughters, and sisters deserve better than Republican leadership that not only tolerates this contemptible behavior, but actively seeks out candidates like this and promotes them.
Allegations of past misogyny and abuse range from anti-women policies like denying rape victims emergency contraceptives, working with groups that promote women submit to their husbands, or trying to back out of child support responsibilities, to frightening actions of domestic abuse, restraining orders, harassment and even sexual assault.
Republican leadership has not only endorsed and backed these candidates, but given them tens of thousands of dollars to help them with their campaigns.
Republicans have already tried to co-opt feminism with the likes of Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell. How much further are they intending to push their anti-women agenda this campaign cycle?