Spotlight on Leadership:
Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate (NV)
Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families.
Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General and became well known for her integrity and leadership on behalf of Nevada families, women, and seniors.
A lifelong advocate for women and children, Masto worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. She helped pass a bill that established the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allowed victims to receive assistance, and gave them the right to sue their traffickers. She also took steps to protect children from sexual predators by passing new laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders.
THE FINE PRINT: Just the Facts
May 15, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign recently launched “The Briefing”, a fact-checking resource to call out inaccurate attacks on the presidential candidate. Its first installment? A video and clear rebuttal to the unsubstantiated claims made in the book Clinton Cash.
Regardless of political affiliation, for women candidates, setting the record straight is make or break.
Barbara Lee Family Foundation research shows that women candidates can and must respond directly to negative attacks, telling voters what they will do for them. We also know that women are walking a tightrope on the campaign trail – there is little room for misinformation when their every move and message is under scrutiny. It’s important to correct negative attacks immediately and clearly.
We’ve seen women candidates quickly responding on both sides of the aisle and up and down the ticket: Current presidential candidate Carly Fiorina does it as she defends her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen did it through a “fact check” section of her website during her re-election campaign. Women must bounce back immediately from setbacks and call in validators to vouch for her qualifications and integrity.
That’s why laying out the facts in something like “The Briefing” is not only fair to voters – it’s smart strategy.
Clip of the Week
Watch Hillary Clinton as she discusses small business and lending communities in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (5/19/15)