I am already loving the campaign for Texas Attorney General, even at this early stage.
Barbara Ann Radnofsky (who ran a great 2006 Senate race against KBH) is starting to get her message out in a meaningful way, and her latest point packs a mighty punch. Behold:
The current Texas Attorney General is soft on crime and hard on victims, as he targets rape victims with abusive policies. Women and those who respect women will begin looking to make a change on Election Day. The incumbent party of Texas has a woman problem in the 2010 election.
Texas rape victims have long been charged for the rape kit and related costs involved in gathering and preservation of evidence. As Attorney General, Barbara Ann will eliminate this policy and the outrageous Attorney General’s practice of approving reminder letters demanding victims make payment arrangements.
The rape kit and related costs should NOT be the financial obligation of the crime victim. Period.
Charging for rape kits (evidence gathering) is a horrible policy, one that Sarah Palin was rightly criticized for in the 2008 election. It’s not civilized to make victims pay for justice.
Barbara Ann’s latest message reinforces an accurate conclusion drawn by (among others) Meredith Shiner and Glenn Thrush: the GOP has a women problem. All but the most ultraconservative women are attacked, even within their own party. Look at the way Olympia Snowe has been treated, or even Kay Bailey to a certain extent. Look at what happened to Scozzafava in NY-23.
And, look at the way that the GOP treated the Democratic women’s caucus over the weekend while the caucus talked about women’s health issues and the gender disparity in the existing health system. House Republicans acted like schoolyard bullies, but with less sense.
Serious question time: if you are a woman (or someone who cares about women’s issues) AND you’re a Republican… why? Today’s Republican Party is working harder than ever to alienate women — if not oppress them outright.
2010 will be a time to boot the GOP even further out of power. Maybe one day their Party will re-learn how to embrace worldviews other than white male privilege, but they’ve got a long way to go.
Give ‘em hell, Barbara Ann.