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Friday, July 20, 2012

Rob McKenna's Ladies Auxilary

Posted by on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

As Attorney General Rob McKenna explains this morning, "The national political debate sometimes oversimplifies and narrowly defines 'women’s issues.'" That's according to a press release that he didn't send to The Stranger (but he did send to other media outlets) as part of his campaign to be Washington's Republican governor. But McKenna—who opposes the Reproductive Parity Act—won't stand for that oversimplifying! As his campaign puts it: "McKenna rejects this kind of generalizing and seeks to engage women on the wide range of issues important to them and all Washingtonians."

So he's hosting a Statewide Women’s Leadership Luncheon today (theoretically with women who don't care about simplefied things like requiring insurance companies to cover services that women may need) because, his press release continues, "women will play a key role in implementing my New Direction for Washington State plan."

Isn't that nice of women to help out McKenna?

I've posted his full press release after the jump.

McKenna to Host Statewide Women’s Leadership Luncheon

The national political debate sometimes oversimplifies and narrowly defines “women’s issues.” Attorney General Rob McKenna rejects this kind of generalizing and seeks to engage women on the wide range of issues important to them and all Washingtonians – such as improving our public schools, increasing business activity and hiring in the region, and changing the culture of state government in Olympia. On Friday, July 20, 2012, at noon, McKenna will host a sold-out luncheon with hundreds of the State’s female leaders to have a conversation about their priorities. Gathering questions submitted from around the state, this unique event will give McKenna an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of women focused on civic involvement.

“Washington State has a long history of empowering its female leaders,” said McKenna. “They are our business executives, our philanthropists, our software engineers, and our elected officials. Undoubtedly, women will play a key role in implementing my New Direction for Washington State plan. I look forward to sitting down with this group of leaders and role models to hear more about their ideas and solutions to the challenges that face our state.”

The main luncheon will be held in downtown Seattle, but will also be live-streamed to 14 satellite locations around the state. Please contact the McKenna campaign to find a luncheon near you.

WHO: Attorney General Rob McKenna
Female Leaders from across Washington State

WHEN: Friday, July 20, 2012 | 12:00-1:00 pm

WHERE: Fairmont Olympic Hotelwww.RobMcKenna.org
Spanish Ballroom
411 University St Seattle, WA 98101

The event will be streamed live online at www.RobMcKenna.org

McKenna will speak at approximately 12:25 PM before answering questions submitted by luncheon participants for the remainder of the event.

 

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Lurleen 1
You should take bets on whether he'll block Stranger's URL so you can't watch the live stream.
Posted by Lurleen on July 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM · Report this
Lurleen 2
I mean IP address.
Posted by Lurleen on July 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
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You're struggling to find something askance in his position and there really isn't anything there.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
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Edited:
The national political debate sometimes allows the concerns of marginalized communities to be heard in carefully controlled ways. Attorney General Rob McKenna rejects this, particularly where it concerns issues that primarily affect women and seeks to distract women from the wide range of issues important to them. Only carefully vetted and screened issues relevant to all Caucasian, wealthy, business owning Washingtonians – such as privatizing public schools, decreasing business regulation and wages in the region, and changing the culture of state government in Olympia shall be discussed. On Friday, July 20, 2012, at noon, McKenna will host a sold-out luncheon with hundreds of the State’s female leaders to have a conversation about Republican priorities. Gathering questions submitted from churches and Tea Party gatherings around the state, this unique event will give McKenna an opportunity to connect with a conservative group of women focused on assisting the men folk achieve their goals.
Posted by Pol Pot on July 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
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3 I disagree. Seems to me that republicans in general have clearly adopted a patriarchal worldview when it comes to women's issues. McKenna doesn't want to be seen as regressive on women's issues, etc., thought of course that is what he is. Its a lose lose situation for him - either piss off the republican base or piss off everyone else. So he wants to redefine what 'women's issues' really are by getting a bunch of rich republican women together to pretend that reducing state and federal services that support families, reproductive rights, access to health care, etc aren't really important to women. Instead he wants to convince voters that ultimately women support the republican agenda of impoverishing everyone except the already super rich and letting corporations run amok with no regulations or taxes. After the luncheon he'll parade around claiming that he talked with 'real' women and ya, they don't care about reproductive rights, or the social safety net, or anything that 'liberals' support. It is a choreographed charade. His position on 'women's issues' is pretty much already decided. This luncheon is just a smokescreen.
Posted by screed on July 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
War on women holds a luncheon. How charming.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 7
What women REALLY like is luncheons! Luncheons with salads!
Posted by icouldliveinhope on July 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 8
@3: I'm not reading this as a position issue, since he didn't really say much about his positions, other than he doesn't give a shit and our teeny-tiny minds are much smaller than his so we can't possibly understand the complexity of the issues we're facing. BUT HE CAN. This is an issue of him being patronizing as hellllll.
Posted by icouldliveinhope on July 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Pick1 9
The fact that he's ignoring 'The Stranger' has got to be annoying...I guess he's trying to solidify his opinion that you guys aren't real news journalists.

To me, though, he's just saying "I'm a big baby and I don't like criticism"
Posted by Pick1 on July 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM · Report this
zombie eyes 10
He's said nothing. Politobabble- designed to make an impression on women who would admire Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman.
Posted by zombie eyes on July 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
bedipped 11
Shorter Rob McKenna:
Ask not what Rob McKenna can do for women - ask what women can do for Rob McKenna.
Posted by bedipped on July 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
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Issues important to "them" as determined by "him"? How about access to birth control? Making sure that abortion is something decided upon by a woman and her doctor, not gov't? Oh, that's right. Good Republican women don't discuss these things - they just work against their gender and prevent poor women from having access to both of them.

@4 is dead on. Fuck McKenna.
Posted by StuckInUtah on July 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Alicia 13
Did McKenna just say he wants women to implement his New Direction?

This comment brought to you by my inner twelve-year-old.
Posted by Alicia http://aliciaaho.com on July 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this

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