Repub­li­can of­fi­cial to the GOP: Court women

Texas comptroller scolds party lead­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY SETH MCLAUHGLIN

The top elected woman in Texas gave the Repub­li­can Party a scold­ing Wed­nes­day, say­ing her party showed in this week’s off-year elec­tions that it can be clue­less when it comes to con­nect­ing with women vot­ers.

Speak­ing with ed­i­tors and re­porters of The Wash­ing­ton Times, Texas Comptroller Su­san Combs said Repub­li­cans need to re­think the way they have courted women vot­ers and rec­og­nize that there are three ba­sic things that make women tick: their fam­i­lies, their jobs and their fu­tures.

“Tell me that you give a flip about women’s in­ter­ests,” Mrs. Combs said. “If all you want to talk about is my biology, ‘Gee what hap­pened to my brain?’ That is my point. It is not all south of the waist­line.”

Ms. Combs, 69, of Austin, is in her sec­ond term as comptroller.

Her com­ments fol­lowed the gu­ber­na­to­rial races in New Jersey and Vir­ginia, where Terry McAuliffe rode to vic­tory af­ter knock­ing Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken­neth T. Cuc­cinelli II on hot-but­ton so­cial is­sues like abor­tion and gay mar­riage.

Exit polls sug­gest the strat­egy paid off, as Mr. McAuliffe out­per­formed the Repub­li­can by 9 per­cent­age points among fe­male vot­ers in the Old Do­min­ion.

Democrats also tried to paint New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as anti-woman, but the charges did not stick. Exit polls there showed that Mr. Christie beat his fe­male op­po­nent, state Sen. Bar­bara Buono, by 13 points.

The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee warned in its post-elec­tion anal­y­sis — called the “Growth and Op­por­tu­nity Project” — that the party must do a bet­ter job of con­nect­ing with fe­male vot­ers and that, when it comes to so­cial is­sues, the party must “in fact and deed be in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing.”

“If we are not, we will limit our abil­ity to at­tract young peo­ple and oth­ers, in­clud­ing many women, who agree with us on some but not all is­sues,” the re­port said.

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