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Wed Feb 12, 2014, 06:15 PM

Women Prepare Their Revenge for Mitch McConnell Voting Against the Minimum Wage 15 Times


Women Prepare Their Revenge for Mitch McConnell Voting Against the Minimum Wage 15 Times
By: Sarah Jones
Wednesday, February, 12th, 2014, 3:17 pm

Why do Kentucky women hold Mitch McConnell in such contempt? His favorables with them are a negative 26 percent, and his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes leads him with women by 12 points, according to a recent independent Bluegrass Poll.

Perhaps it’s in the policy. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Voted Against Paycheck Fairness Act twice. He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, calling it a “special interest vote.” McConnell and Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill calling for equal pay in the workplace.

McConnell voted against raising the minimum wage 15 times, when over 250,000 Kentucky women would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, according to a new report from the National Women’s Law Center. They report that 7 in 10 minimum wage workers are women working long hours to provide for their families in Kentucky.


Let’s not forget that Republicans shut down government in a fit of pique over people getting access to healthcare via Obamacare, which meant that rape centers around the country closed due to lack of funding, and rapes investigations were obstructed. Meanwhile, Republicans continue to lecture American women about turning rape into lemonade and assuring them that they must bring a rapist’s baby to term because real rape “shuts that down”.

McConnell made a huge mistake by making women angry. In 2008, he beat his opponent among women. Even though Republicans seem to hold women in contempt, they need women come election time and he’s not getting much love this time around.

“McConnell’s votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Violence Against Women Act appear to be a serious drag on his ability to win over Kentucky women,” Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said Wednesday. “Unless McConnell explains why he has voted against women’s interests time and time again, he will fail to gain an ounce more of support. This November, the Commonwealth will elect Alison Lundergan Grimes its first female U.S. Senator and finally be able to count on a leader who fights for them.”

Apparently the women of Kentucky aren’t fooled by McConnell’s finger pointing distractions. They are not so worried about the fictional “evils” of Obamacare, but they are very worried about actual reality that they deal with every day. Things like a fair minimum wage, fair pay, and keeping women safe — these are the things that Kentucky women care about.

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