Tuesday, November 14, 2017

McSally Silent on Roy Moore Accusations

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The stampede of Republican lawmakers retreating in horror from Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is quite the spectacle. Moore, who appears to have crawled straight from the pages of a particularly icky Stephen King novel, has become so toxic that GOP senators can’t tweet out their disapproval fast enough. Both of Arizona’s senators have called for him to exit the race. (and Flake has even said that he would vote for the Democrat in Alabama!) Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he believed the women making accusations against Moore.

But there’s a possible Senate candidate in Arizona who has yet to say anything regarding Moore. According to well-sourced press accounts, Congresswoman Martha McSally has told colleagues that she’s getting into the Senate race but she has yet to announce her plans. (C’mon, Martha, it’s time to get this fucking thing done, don’t you think?)

McSally has a lousy record on women’s health, having repeatedly voted to restrict abortion rights and to deny low-income women the ability to choose their own healthcare provider (if that healthcare provider happens to have the initials PP). But she has held herself up a champion of women’s rights and has chaired the House of Representatives’ Women in the 21st Century Working Group, a panel McSally launched in July 2016 to “dig into the root causes of barriers that women face.”

Well, given what we’ve heard in recent months, we think there’s a “root cause” that could use some discussion the next time the working group gets together to discuss barriers in the workforce. (That doesn’t happen often; in the 15 or so months since it was formed, the working group has had two meetings in which they have heard testimony from companies that expanded opportunities for women. There’s been no associated legislation and McSally herself has said that she’s not sure government even has a role in this arena. And given that she's likely moving on to that Senate race, we're guessing this House of Reps dog and pony show has about run its course.)

Anyhoo: We reached out to McSally spokeswoman Kelly Schibi yesterday to see if Congresswoman (and possible Senate candidate) McSally wanted to comment on the creeper who was reportedly hanging out at malls in his mid-30s to pick up high school girls, but she didn’t get back to us.

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