Republicans in the Senate killed the Paycheck Fairness act this week, but that didn’t stop Mike Turner, Republican candidate for Ohio’s new 10th congressional district, from appearing on Dan Carroll’s 700 WLW show today and calling the bill a “stunt”.
According to the National Women’s Law Center, full time, year round female workers in Ohio are paid 77 cents to every dollar a similar male worker makes. That’s a yearly gap of $10,575 according to The National Partnership for Women and Families.
It’s amazing to me that anyone could hear these numbers and think the Paycheck Fairness Act is just a “stunt”.
Republicans like Turner will tell you there’s no Republican War on Women, but the Paycheck Fairness Act is another clear example of how their actions and statements clearly show otherwise.
Fortunately Turner has a Democratic opponent in this race who could help take things in a different direction: Sharen Neuhardt.
In May Neuhardt won the support of EMILY’s List. They called her “a champion for women’s health” who will provide “leadership in Washington that addresses the needs of working families”. She’s also been endorsed by the Women’s Campaign Fund.
Neuhardt, not surprisingly, is a supporter of equal pay and a supporter of this legislation. And she definitely doesn’t think it’s a “stunt”. From her campaign manager Melissa Wideman:
“Equal pay for equal work isn’t politics, its simply the right thing to do. We’re calling on Rep. Turner to apologize for his remarks and to join us in supporting legislation to eliminate the pay gap.”
We wholeheartedly agree.
Fortunately for Neuhardt, she’s getting a lot more than just endorsements. On Wednesday Roll Call reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) had reserved $332,000 for her race against Mike Turner.
We’ll be keeping our eye on this race. Stay tuned.