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Last week a talented, young woman full of promise came to me with a flier her family received in the mail from the Republican Party. As she handed me the mailer, with a sense of disappointment and hurt, she pointed to a line in the flier that read, 'Let's take Betty Sutton out of the House and send her back to the kitchen.'
Heck defended the flyer's overall message, telling CNN it was intended to educate and engage voters. And he dismissed Sutton's call for his resignation.
"If there's going be a change that's going to come from the Medina County Republican Party," Heck said.
But Heck acknowledged the "back in the kitchen" line was in poor taste. "I agree with her 100 percent," Heck said of Sutton's complaint.
"I think it was a mistake on that choice of words," he said. "This piece of rhetoric was certainly not meant to be offensive."
Heck noted that he has two daughters and his wife had previously run for elective office.
"So the words themselves weren't intended to be offensive or sexist," he said.
Originally posted by nunya13
As if derivatives weren’t hard enough to comprehend— and regulate — add a little gender politics.
That’s what surfaced in last Thursday’s closed-door Democratic Policy Committee meeting when Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called out the Senate old boys for seeming to brush off the new girl on the financial reform block: Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.).
“It was tough, pointed,” said one observer. “It was about jurisdiction but also gender.”
Asked about the treatment of Lincoln, Cantwell singled out Geithner: “The treasury secretary didn’t meet with her until after the bill was passed out of the committee… It’s important to go back and realize that we deregulated the derivatives, preventing the CFDC [Commodity Futures Trading Commission] from doing their job, and a big part of getting this right is to go back and make sure derivatives are properly overseen by that agency.”
“So why someone would skip out, not talking to her about it. It seems to me that would be a mistake.”