The Myth of Mitch McConnell

by Adrienne Kimmell, Executive Director

Senator Mitch McConnell’s recent campaign maneuver—tapping into the powerful women’s voting block—is the type of patronizing lip service that exemplifies why he is a trusted steward of the Senate GOP’s anti-woman agenda.

In today’s New York Times, McConnell’s chief of staff for Kentucky operations offers this reassurance about the Senator: “The long and short of it is, we’re going to be very aggressive in making sure people don’t mischaracterize what his record is, especially when it comes to women and women’s issues…Not only are we not afraid of it, we’re very proud of it.”

The fact is that McConnell’s voting record speaks for itself. He voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act. And that’s just in the past four years of a nearly 30-year Senate career.

Sorry, Senator, but having a wife and hiring women does not a women’s advocate make. (Just like saying “I have a gay friend” does not equate to advocating for LGBT rights. I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard that cop out). I’m glad the Minority Leader is married to a strong, smart woman and elevates qualified women to key staff positions. But let’s not confuse this with being an advocate for all women.