Medina GOP: send Betty Sutton “back to the kitchen”

This document is purportedly a copy of a mailer from the Medina County Republican Party. Look for the section headed by “Had enough hope & change?” and read the second bullet.
Medina County GOP mailer on Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH)
Here’s the text:

  • Let’s replace Pelosi’s Puppet John Boccieri with a good solid conservative. Let’s see — he was against ObamaCare before he was for it!
  • Let’s take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen!
  • Let’s fire Harry Reid from his job as Senate Majority Leader by putting Republicans in the majority!
  • Let’s put Governor Strickland in the unemployment line by electing a fiscal conservative who will tear down the barriers to job creation in Ohio!

If this is a real mailer, then the people who approved it need to be tossed out on their ears. This is 2010, geniuses, not an episode of “Mad Men.”
First of all, homemakers deserve honor and respect. Wise cracks about sending a woman back to the kitchen are just plain offensive. Claiming that a move from Congress to “the kitchen” is a demotion has it precisely backwards. To say that I have more respect for the average homemaker than for the average congresscritter is an understatement on a par with saying I prefer strawberry ice cream to cockroach soufflé.
Second, this is just dumb politics. Only an oblivious tool would think that the contents of a public mailer will never get into the opposition’s hands. Even internal documents (especially the stupid ones) find their way to the press. This was a public mailer, you morons. Way to play right into the Democrats’ stereotype of Republicans as knuckle-dragging misogynists. All they need is one juvenile and insulting wisecrack from you and they’ve got ammo for attack ads all summer long. Never mind that the conservative movement is home to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Liz Cheney, Laura Ingraham, Star Parker, Anita MonCrief, Michelle Malkin, Jill Stanek, S.E. Cupp, Kathryn Jean Lopez, and millions upon millions of women just as independent and hard-working as they are. The media and the Democrats are longing to play the victim card to defend Betty Sutton’s uncertain seat in the House, and now they think they have an excuse.
Way to go.
4/29/10 Update: It took him a week, but Tom Ganley finally responded to the uproar.

Instead of talking about creating jobs, Betty Sutton wants to talk about a newsletter sent out by the Medina County Republican Party. I’m sure you all have heard about the newsletter and the idiotic comment about Betty Sutton included in the newsletter. For the record, I had nothing to do with the newsletter or the comment. My campaign, along with several other candidates, paid for an advertisement in an insert included in the newsletter. No one involved in our campaign saw the comment until it appeared in a Plain Dealer article last week. This is the equivalent of buying an ad in a newspaper and then being held responsible for the editorial content the next day. Further, we have not been endorsed by the Medina County GOP or the Chairman Bill Heck, and we have made it abundantly clear to them we do not support this kind of inappropriate language.
I believe the comment was very offensive, and I do not support it. I also think it was offensive how Betty Sutton’s first response was to send out a fundraising letter. I hate stereotypes, and I do not tolerate them. As I am not an elected official or a member of the Central or Executive Committees and do not have any influence over the Medina County GOP, I cannot control what they decide to do about this situation. The only thing I can control is how my campaign conducts itself, and I am very proud of the race we are running. This will serve as our last comment on this subject. We should be talking about creating jobs, not this fake outrage.

Good reply, but way late.

2 comments

  1. Dai Alanye

    I suggest you worry less about political correctness. As I see it, few potential Republican voters will take offense at this.
    If it turns out to be a practical mistake I’m sure the Medina Repubs will be rapidly notified by actual voters.