Conservatives have succeeded in providing Democrats with more than enough material to fight against the right-wing when it comes to women’s issues. From Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) discussing rape and pregnancy during a Judiciary Committee hearing, to House Republicans passing a 20-week abortion ban, to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) placing blame on “hormones” when it comes to military sexual assault. These are the some of the sensitive issues that GOP lawmakers have recently brought to the table that could possibly turn away many female voters.
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) is hoping to avoid such cultural issues during his re-election campaign in 2014. Rigell only won his last election by a mere 1,000 votes. He will be running against a Democratic woman, Suzanne Patrick, next year and plans to focus on more economic issues, as opposed to social issues.
“I look at it this way — I wake up every day not thinking about the social issues. I sought office because I know we can do better on job creation and I’m also concerned about our fiscal trajectory.”
It should be noted that Rigell was the only Republican in the lower chamber to vote against a government spending bill to defund the Affordable Care Act. Despite his efforts to kind of support the ACA, it seems that Rigell is still living in the dark. Focusing on economic issues while being a part of the least productive congress in history that has yet to offer any legislation on creating new jobs may be difficult to tackle.
Perhaps Rigell should spend a little time to waking up every day to focus on social issues such as poverty, crime, unemployment, income inequality, education, and finding ways to better the lives for all Americans.