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Holland campaign implies Brownback doesn’t believe in equality between the sexes

In an appeal to working women, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Kelly Kultala, released a statement today slamming Sen. Sam Brownback, the presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee, for voting against women and for his association with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell:

Last year, Sam Brownback offended Kansas women by voting against a law that helps women fight workplace discrimination.

Now, Brownback has underscored his position by having a political fundraiser with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell – a man who voted against a resolution supporting an end to wage discrimination between men and women and who once described working women as “detrimental” to the family.

When my youngest daughter was just six months old, I went back to school and later earned my college degree from the University of Kansas. I was a working mom, helping my family pay our bills and provide health care to our children. Today, I’m proud to be a working grandma. I taught my daughters to never settle for anything less than their personal best. I believe that is the message we should be sharing with all Kansans – not one of sexism and inequality.

Maybe it’s different in Brownback’s Washington, but here in Kansas, women have to make the best choices for their families during these tough economic times. Some women choose to work outside of the home and some women choose to work inside of the home; both are demanding jobs necessary to maintain families.

Tom Holland and I are offering a better choice on Election Day. We’re the team that believes Kansas men and women should be treated equally and with respect.

The most striking statement in the whole release is the implication by the Holland campaign that Brownback and company do not believe men and women should be treated equally and with respect.

The bill referred to is the Lilly Ledbetter Act which revised the statute of limitations on discriminatory pay to be 180 days from issuing of each discriminatory paycheck, not from the time of agreement on pay (Wikipedia has a primer). The ACLU and many union organizations supported the bill while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce did not.

The fundraiser with McDonnell, according to The Washington Post, will happen sometime in the “coming weeks.”

The references to McDonnell’s past come from his 1989 master’s thesis for Regent University, an evangelical school. The Post details the thesis here.

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About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.

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