Michael Gaynor
Opponent Wendy Long refutes Senator Gillibrand's bogus "War on Women" charge
By Michael Gaynor
April 12, 2012

If Bob Turner and George Maragos do not follow the good example of Rick Santorum and drop out of a race that is unwinnable for them, it will be up to Republican primary voters to demonstrate that Gillibrand's "war on women" charge is bogus and make Long New York's first female Republican United States Senate candidate.

There was a bogus rape charge, not a rape, in the so-called Duke lacrosse rape case, and the truth eventually prevailed, despite the wishful thinking and the efforts of the radical political correctness crowd.

Likewise, the charge that Republicans are at war with women is bogus.

New York's junior United States Senator, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, is running for reelection on that bogus claim.

Republican Wendy Long is running against Gillibrand for a full term as a United States Senator and demonstrating that the real war on women is being conducted by Gillibrand and her political allies, not Republicans and Conservatives.

"You may have heard that the 2012 election cycle is going to be about a war on women," Long said as she accepted the nomination of New York's Conservative Party."Well I'm here to say there is no war on women in the New York Conservative Party. Here they respect us for our ideas and our heart, and our commitment to America and to New York.

Long added: "Senator Gillibrand might want to ponder that next time Harry Reid calls her 'the hottest U.S. Senator.' So much for liberals respecting women for their minds."

Then Long succinctly explained what her campaign isn't and is about.

"I'm not running for the 'hottest senator,' thank goodness," she said. "I have a few principles and a few ideas. As a candidate, I don't have to look far for the principles I advocate, because they're all in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."

Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long (no relation) analyzed the race this way: "Most people really understand clearly that if you're going to do battle with Kirsten Gillibrand, you're much stronger doing battle with an articulate female candidate that can handle herself, debate Senator Gillibrand, and offer a very strong alternative in philosophical beliefs. And there's no question, you heard it, you were here, there is clearly a philosophical break between Gillibrand and Wendy Long. There's no fuzziness here."

Long and Gillibrand agree that there IS a "war on women," but not on who is waging it.

After Republicans charged that President Obama was waging a war on religion, based on the HHS mandate, Gillibrand simply disregarded the First Amendment and countercharged that Republicans are waging a war on women.

"I think the Republican leadership here in Washington has waged a war during the last few years that has really not stopped, with the first bill to defund Title X, to make sure at risk women couldn't get breast exams and prenatal care," Gillibrand said on Current TV's The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. "I think their focus on undermining basic protections for women has been outrageous and I'm mystified, I cannot believe that they now are trying to attack women's ability just to get basic health care."

"I don't believe bosses should be able to determine what kind of health care their employees have access to," Gillibrand added.

In response to Senator Marco Rubio's proposal to grant an exemption to any employer who claims to have a religious objection, Gillibrand claimed to be incredulous. "I think it has no chance of passing," Gillibrand said. "I can't believe that today... in 2012, we're talking about basic access to birth control, basic reproductive healthcare. It really is an attack on women and I think it will fail."

By "access," Gillibrand means free access or access provided by employers despite their religious beliefs.

Surely Gillibrand knows that abortifacients, sterilization and contraceptives are lawful throughout the United States.

Gillibrand wants employers to pay for them, the religious beliefs and consciences of those employers be damned.

When there were calls for Nancy Brinker to resign from the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the aftermath of their temporary stoppage of funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, Long defended Brinker, saying "In 1982 Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever and since has raised almost $2 billion in that crusade. It's time for the liberals to end their politically motivated attacks on the Komen Foundation and let them get back to what the do best: raise money and awareness for breast cancer."

Gillibrand was Honorary Chair of the 17th 2011 Annual Race for the Cure in Albany, New York.

Long publicly called upon Gillibrand to "help[] to end the unrelenting attacks on the Komen Foundation" and asked, "Isn't it time for liberals like Senator Gillibrand to call off their 'War on Women'?"

On Good Friday, Long issued the following press release chiding Gillibrand for her "war on jobs" for women and men.

Statement from US Senate Candidate Wendy Long

Gillibrand's "War on Jobs" Means Less Opportunity and More Poverty for Women and All New Yorkers

Senator Gillibrand's Twitternomics lesson of the day: "#Only once we unleash the economic potential of #women will we be able to out-innovate & out-educate the rest of the world.##"

Albany, New York -"The best way to 'unleash the economic potential of women' and all New Yorkers is to reverse the job killing polices advanced by Senator Gillibrand and President Obama. Whether its Obamacare and medical device manufacturers, Dodd-Frank and Wall Street or the XL Pipeline and gas prices — everyday Senator Gillibrand is engaged in a war on jobs and entrepreneurship that hurts all New York families.

Tweeting aspirational, women friendly bromides doesn't create jobs, increase lending or fuel investment and it certainly won't buy another quart of miilk or another gallon of gas. It's time for Senator Gillibrand to get 'off the sidelines' and advocate for sensible economic policies that create jobs and opportunity not just for women but for all New Yorkers."

Below are some links demonstrating just how well women are faring under Senator Gillibrand's failed economic policies.

"The Poverty Rate Among Women Rose To 14.5 Percent Last Year, Up From 13.9 Percent In 2009-The Highest Rate In 17 Years."(Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

Since Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.0 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

The Extreme Poverty Rate — Income Below Half Of Federal Poverty Line — Is The Highest Ever Recorded Among Women."The 'extreme poverty rate' among women was the highest ever recorded, climbing to 6.3 percent in 2010 from 5.9 percent in 2009. 'Extreme poverty' means that your income is below half of the federal poverty line-and by 2010, more than 7.5 million women had fallen into that dire category." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

More Than 40 Percent Of Single Mothers Live In Poverty."As usual, single mothers are having the hardest time of all. More than 40 percent of women who head families are now living in poverty. With more than half of poor children living in female-headed families in 2010, the child poverty rate jumped to 22 percent." (Leslie Bennetts, "Women: The Invisible Poor," The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

Capital Tonight, New York's only statewide political program, commented (www.capitaltonight.com/2012/03/long-calls-on-gillibrand-to-end-war-on-women/); "Long is engaged in a primary battle with Republicans Bob Turner and George Maragos, and some insiders say one reason they think she would be a better candidate than the two men is because she can confront Senator Gillibrand on women's issues more effectively. So, expect to see more comments like this because it will serve the dual purpose of trying to weaken Gillibrand for the general election while also making Long's case that she is the best candidate to take on the Senator."

If Bob Turner and George Maragos do not follow the good example of Rick Santorum and drop out of a race that is unwinnable for them, it will be up to Republican primary voters to demonstrate that Gillibrand's "war on women" charge is bogus and make Long New York's first female Republican United States Senate candidate. (At the New York Republican Convention, Long won nearly 50% of the vote, while Turner and Maragos each qualified to run in the primary by winning at least 25% of the vote.)

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Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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