Republicans in Ohio Sure Are Classy!
Wow. Somehow I had completely missed this. According to Representative Betty Sutton (D-Ohio):
Tom Ganley, who wants to take my place in Congress, has shown his true colors by funding a campaign mailer that reads: ‘Let’s take Betty Sutton out of the House and send her back to the kitchen.
According to a news blip on the Daily Radar, the Medina County Republican Executive Committee was responsible for the flier, and the committee has since issued an apology. Sutton has refused to accept the apology. Good for her. I’m certain that the committee knew exactly what they were doing when they issued the ad; and I’m just as certain that they aren’t actually sorry for it. After all, the county’s chairman, Bill Heck, told Talking Points Memo that
“I’m not sure that it was intended — in fact I’m positive that it was not in intended to be sexist. In fact, it was speaking to the people of that district, and not intended to be a sexist comment.
I mean, I have a wife that was elected twice to county office, and once was a judge. I’ve got two daughters. It was not authored by me, but it was published by the Republican Party of Medina County. We are just trying to get the attention of the voters. It is rhetoric that I think is very common in all elections, of sending people somewhere — either to the House or back from the House. And we certainly apologize for any offense that anyone would take from this.”
He has daughters! Listen to him, ladies! He has daughters! Also, he’s sure that the committee wasn’t intending to be offensive. Rather, they were just “speaking to the people of that district.” So in other words, he’s saying that they themselves aren’t sexist. But their constituents sure are!
Your intentions, or the committee’s intentions, don’t matter, Mr. Heck. What the flier said IS SEXIST. No argument. Thanks.