Friday, September 5, 2014

'Ladies Listen Up: Why Tom Cotton is not on your side'

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 7:17 AM

NO LADIES MAN: Adrienne Elrod on Tom Cotton's anti-woman voting record.
  • NO LADIES MAN: Adrienne Elrod on Tom Cotton's anti-woman voting record.
Adrienne Elrod, a native Arkansas and long-time Democratic worker now heads communications for the American Bridge PAC, which works to elect Democratic candidates. She's partisan, yes. Also trenchant.

She writes here for the Huffington Post on the many solid issues that make Republican Tom Cotton a poor choice for a woman's vote.

Forget opposition to the farm bill and student loan support. Look to his record, back to student days at Harvard, for weird notions on the role of women. Look at his leadership on legislation to make it harder to get common forms of contraception. Look at his opposition to the paycheck fairness act. Look at his vote against the Violence Against Women Act. Look at his opposition to minimum wage increases, an issue that hits women hardest. The Affordable Care Act, which expanded health coverage (an important issue for family-conscious women voters)? Cotton continues to rabidly oppose it.

Pryor's refusal to back down on health care reform, in contrast with Cotton's senseless support for repeal, should be especially noteworthy to women because until the new law's enactment, every single woman in Arkansas saw higher premiums than men in equivalent plans.

Cotton can find all sorts of reasons to explain individually why he cast all these votes. But the overarching pattern is clear: A voting record inimical to women. Writes Elrod:

Regardless of whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, think hard about the type of senator you want to be setting policy or representing your voice in Washington. Do you deserve someone who believes in advancing and protecting women's rights, or someone who seems hell bent on holding women back every step of the way?

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