Two outside Democratic groups are taking aim at incumbent Republicans they say are “worst for women,” in the hopes that voters will oust them in November.
American Bridge and Ultraviolet put two GOP senators and 13 GOP House members on a new “ Worst for Women” scorecard that details their voting record on policies that impact women. The campaign includes a five-figure digital ad buy that will run on Facebook and link voters to the scorecard microsite.
The groups built the scorecard by analyzing the voting records of the 114th and 115th Congress, and limited the list to those who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Those on the list also voted in favor of the GOP tax plan, against a minimum wage hike and backed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
The two super PACs also included members who’ve made derogatory comments about women, including Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., who lamented not being able to call women “sluts” and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who blamed contraception for a “dying civilization.”
“Women are poised to play a key role in November. We don’t intend to let that opportunity slip by,” Shaunna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet PAC said in a statement. “Each and every one of these Congress members is an active threat to women in every respect, whether in their access to health care, fair workplace protections, or protections and recourse for survivors of gendered violence.”
The targeted Republicans include Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Dean Heller of Nevada. House members on the list include Republican Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Taylor of Virginia, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
“If you are a member of congress putting women’s rights, livelihoods, and actual lives at risk — start making plans for a long vacation after election day, because your political career ends in November,” said Bradley Beychok, president of American Bridge.