Still a boys club
by Tom Sullivan
Still image from Greg Murphy campaign video.
Democrats sent nearly 40 women to Congress in last fall's elections. Republicans, only four. That's quite a ratio.
The Hill reports:
Democrats are again looking to put Republicans on the defensive in 2020 after a string of GOP legislatures passed a number of actions restricting abortions, including in Alabama where the procedure was banned under almost all circumstances.They will have to work harder to prove themselves in North Carolina.
It is a lesson that Republicans have absorbed this year, as they look to prove they are a big tent party and look to dispel the notion it’s the party of old white men.
GOP consultants and candidates acknowledge their recruitment and resources lag far behind Democrats. And no centralized group exists to provide hiring advice, social media guidance, press training, or messaging tactics to candidates. Democrats, on the other hand, have the behemoth EMILY’s List network, as well as groups focused on recruiting immigrants, women of color, female veterans and more.Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) refocused her leadership PAC (E-PAC) this year on electing more Republican women. Stefanik and a new super PAC "Winning for Women" turned their eyes to pediatrician Joan Perry in NC-3 after Brown finished a distant fourth in NC-9 to state senator Dan Bishop of "bathroom bill" fame. Bishop faces Democrat Dan McCready on September 10.
Yet according to recent data collected by The Associated Press, just 38 of 172 declared Republican House challengers for the 2020 elections were women, or around 1 in 5. That compares with 84 of 222 declared House Democratic challengers, nearly 2 in 5.Meanwhile, over half of Democrats' 2018 freshman class in the House are women.