And Take Her Shoes & Impregnant Her, I Suppose?

Lest you had any doubt that sexism thrives in the GOP . . .

Hat tip to Emily’s List for scanning and posting this page of the spring, 2010 issues of the Republican Review, a publication paid for by the Medina County (OH) Republican Executive Committee.

Listing the local races in which they hope to replace elected Democratic office-holders, they note:

Let’s take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen!

Really? Are seventh grade boys running the Medina County GOP?

It appears, consulting their website, that at least half of the Medina County GOP Executive Committee are women. So, no, it isn’t seventh grade boys, it’s Phyllis Schlafly disciples. (Women belong in the kitchen—except us!)

Betty Sutton represents the 13th District of Ohio in Congress, a seat she first won in 2006. She’s served the community from numerous elected positions, starting as a city council representative for Barberton, a seat she won during her first year of law school, the first of many elected offices she has held. In addition to her extensive legislative experience, she worked as a labor lawyer, representing first responders, nurses, teachers, and others.

Running against her are three men: one is the owner of a collection of car dealerships, another is an IT manager with a page on his campaign website dedicated to his faith. Both men quote Ronald Reagan extensively in their materials, and both are Republicans. The third, whose campaign website identifies him as a Democrat, explains at great length his involvement with the Tea Party movement. And that’s the most coherent part of his website!

To strike a blow for equality, good government, and keeping pro-choice Democratic women where they truly belong, in the House (& Senate), consider donating to Betty Sutton’s campaign, either through her website or through Emily’s List.


The chairman of the Medina County GOP committee that sent out the offensive newsletter doesn’t seem to understand what all the fuss is about.

“I know Democrats said that kind of thing about Sarah Palin, but maybe the reference to the kitchen wasn’t the exact word,” said Heck. “It was another sexist female task or location.”

Alaska, Mr. Heck. We said she should go back to Alaska.

Also, the local Fox affiliate up in Ohio reported on the Plain Dealer’s story, which I guess was easier than reporting on the story directly. It does mention that 4 Republicans are competing in the primary to replace Sutton, but does not mention the Tea Party Democrat.

I googled, but didn’t find any better info than what I have above, so forgive the shortcomings in my post about the candidates running against Sutton. Suffice it to say, a full field of nutballs has assembled.

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1 Response to And Take Her Shoes & Impregnant Her, I Suppose?

  1. Anneliese says:

    As a colleague commented on Heck’s response below: “This just in: being married to a woman means you cannot be sexist.”

    County GOP: Get Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton Out Of The House — And ‘Back In The Kitchen’

    A recent newsletter from the Republican Party in Medina County, Ohio, flagged by EMILY’s List, contains a specific attack on Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton: “Let’s take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen.”

    County GOP chairman Bill Heck told TPMDC that the newsletter was “an attention-getter” in terms of its political rhetoric. “I’m not sure that it was intended — in fact I’m positive that it was not in intended to be sexist,” said Heck. “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,” Heck added. “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.”

    Heck said that it was more important for people to take the targeted elected officials to task, rather than focus on the phrases used. “I think to say that it’s sexist is really diverting the issues around Betty Sutton. The voters should really be up in arms about her performance as a representative for the district, as opposed to the idea that she is being singled out or characterized as someone who should go back to the kitchen as a woman.”

    Although Heck said he did not author it — he said that it came from the party’s communications committee — he confirmed that he does approve all literature that is sent out.

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