Campaign 2010

Apr 28, 2010

Note to Tom Ganley: The Outrage Among Ohioans Is Real, Women’s Contributions at Home & the Workplace

Note to Tom Ganley: The Outrage Among Ohioans Is Real, Women’s Contributions at Home and the Workplace are Important

Republican candidate Tom Ganley (R-OH-13) is so out of touch he does not understand why women and men alike are outraged over the Medina County GOP’s offensive mailer directing voters to “take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen.”  In response to the chorus of disapproval coming from Democrats and Republicans alike, a campaign spokesperson said the outrage displayed was “fake” and Ganley made clear he did not believe the contributions women make inside the home and workplace rise to the level of an important issue.

“The offensive remark targeted at Betty Sutton was a direct insult to the women of Ohio who juggle raising their children, providing for their families, and securing affordable childcare,” said Gabby Adler, Midwestern Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “These are issues that affect women and men alike, and if Tom Ganley doesn’t understand this, he is bad for Ohio families and bad for Ohio workers.  The fact that Tom Ganley is not outraged shows voters just how out of touch he is with Ohioans.”

BACKGROUND:

In response to the outrage over the Medina GOP mailer, Tom Ganley dismissed the issue discounting the work women do inside the home and workplace saying “we need to stick to the issues.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/24/10]

Tom Ganley’s campaign called the response to the mailer “fake outrage.” [WEWS-TV, 4/26/10]

Republican House Minority Leader William G. Batchelder was “delighted” to respond to the attack, saying “The chairman's statement is idiotic…. I frankly cannot imagine what would possess anyone to make a statement such as the one made by the chairman of the executive committee.” [Columbus Dispatch, 4/27/10]

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