Ohio GOP Wants Congresswoman ‘Back in the Kitchen’

April 23, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The Medina County Republican Party apparently is still run by the good ol’ boy network, perpetuating the 1950s world view that women have no role in the workplace or elected office, and they should be chained to their kitchens. A recent mailer sent to 115,000 Ohio households declared that Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH) would be defeated and sent “back to the kitchen.” The newsletter was sent by Party Chairman Bill Heck, who responded to criticism about his Party’s choice of words, by stating, “it was not not intended to be sexist.” But Rep. Sutton isn’t amused. She issued a statement on her official website, calling for Heck to resign, saying “The statement in the mailer is an insult to all women…”

The Republican spring newsletter urges supporters to “slow the pace of President Obama’s slippery slide down the slippery slope toward a more socialistic society.” And the document also calls for the replacement of “Pelosi’s puppet John Boccieri.” The sexist comment about Rep. Sutton is apparently a lame attempt at a play on words between House and kitchen:

For the record, Rep. Sutton has a long distinguished career in public service and has a law degree. She is right where she belongs.

A portion of her statement is below:

“The statement in the mailer is an insult to all women regardless of whether they work within the home raising families and managing households or work beyond the home, providing for themselves and others. Women play a vital role in every facet of this great nation from nurturing our children, caring for their families and aging parents, managing households to managing small businesses, protecting our communities and nation, and everything in between. The comment made in the flyer not only devalues women and all that they contribute to the strength of our nation, but it is also an unconscionable statement of belief about the potential of our girls and young women. A young woman who brought me the mailer shared her pained disappointment about it, saying, ‘I can’t believe that this is how some people value women. And, even if they do, I can’t believe that they would feel comfortable promoting it in a flyer like this.”


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