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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2013

Contact: Pat Davis, (505) 750-0012

 

Republican Party officals attack working women as protitutes and 'radical bitches' in Facebook rant

Albuquerque – The local chairman of the Republican Party and the group’s former executive director and land commissioner candidate labeled a female supporter of a minimum wage increase a “radical bitch” and described another as a prostitute in a Facebook thread describing their testimony to the county commission overnight.

Steve Kush, the chairman of the Bernalillo County Republican Party, attended the meeting after Republican Commissioner Wayne Johnson issued an “urgent” call for opponents of the proposal to increase the county’s minimum wage to attend.   In a Facebook post from the meeting, Kush described a 19-year old volunteer member of Working America as a “radical bitch.”  

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Working America members testified in support of the measure.

Less than a minute later, Kush posted “Uh oh another Working America chick…nice boots…” describing the organization’s director who was also in line to testify.   Bob Cornelius, the county party’s former executive director and former state land commissioner candidate, replied in comments:  “Maybe she used those shoes to walk Central…” a reference to Central Avenue, portions of which have been identified as hubs for prostitution.

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“If the Republican Party wants to know why they have such a hard time connecting with young women, they should start by examining the very public way their leaders feel about young working women,” says Pat Davis, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico, a non-profit progressive organization active in New Mexico politics. “Mr. Kush, Mr. Cornelius and the Republican Party owe these particular women an apology as public as the forum where they chose to attack them.”

“In a state run by one of the country’s most high-profile Republican women, the party’s leaders appear to see nothing wrong with misogynistic statements towards working women time and time again.  Mr. Kush should resign." adds Marsha Garcia of ProgressNowNM.

Public attacks on women are not new for New Mexico Republicans, the same party which sponsored legislation to prosecute rape victims for tampering with evidence if they terminated a pregnancy resulting from rape.

Late last year two high-profile Republicans in the state caused controversy for statements against women.  In October, ProgressNow New Mexico and a coalition of women called for the resignation of Republican County Sheriff Dan Houston after he called female civilian employees in his office “a couple of fat whores” and described another as “not pretty enough to sexually harass.”  The Republican Party refused to denounce Houston’s statements.

The Republican Party’s National Committeeman, Pat Rogers, was forced to resign his high-profile lobbying job when emails showed a pattern of disrespectful behavior towards women, Hispanics, gays and Native Americans.

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