That is what a lot of local Republicans must be feeling today after reading of Congressman Richard Hanna's comments at an Equal Rights Amendment rally in the Huff Po article: Richard Hanna, GOP Congressman, Tells Women To Give Their Money To Democrats.
"I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault," he told the crowd of mostly women. "I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side -- my side -- has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can't succeed without your help.""Precarious times for women?" Women aspire to the highest office in the land and head some of the nation's largest corporations. Some would say these are the best of times for women. .
"So many of your rights are under assault?" Exactly which "rights," Mr. Hanna? Please be specific.
"You need to remind people that you vote" ... Really? In this day and age of minute-to-minute polling that slices and dices voting data among gender, age, racial, ethnic, sexual and political orientations?
There are reasons why after 40 years the Equal Rights Amendment still has not been ratified by the required 38 states not the least of which are (1) it is not needed and (2) it will be used to distort rational decision making by elevating gender over other considerations. But this post is about Mr. Hanna and not the ERA.
When HuffPost asked Hanna after the rally whether he was bucking his party by encouraging women to give their money to "the other side," he said that he wasn't.Mr. Hanna, you were nominated for your office by local Republicans as their standard-bearer with the full knowledge that you were an independent thinker and would not always "tow the party line." However, your nomination and election should not be confused with a willingness to be lectured by you as to what Party members should believe.
"I'm trying to help [the GOP]," he said. "I think it's the appropriate thing to do."
You were elected to represent the people of this district in Congress, not to "help" the Republican Party. Telling women to support Democrats is not "appropriate" because it undermines the Republican Party and many of your supporters rather than "help" them. If you undermine your supporters, why should they continue to support you?
Mr. Hanna, you may have just lost Utica-Rome's seat in Congress to someone from Binghamton.