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Monday, October 24, 2016

Washington GOPSusan Hutchison, the new chair of Washington’s Republican Party, is warning that her party has provided a clear example of the “war on women” by paying her about $20,000 less than her male predecessor, according to a report in the Seattle Times.

Hutchison makes about $75,000 a year — significantly less than the previous chair, Kirby Wilbur, who made $95,000. When she requested a pay raise last weekend, she was shot down by the state GOP executive board — and then criticized the decision in a memo obtained by the Times:

Hutchison argued that vote had violated the party’s bylaws and could be viewed as “discriminatory and vindictive” — and even play into the hands of Democrats who have talked up the GOP’s problems among female voters.

“The pay cut defies the concept of equal pay for equal work, playing into the ‘war on women’ narrative against Republicans,” Hutchison wrote. She added she’d personally raised $22,000 from 18 non-Republican Party donors from her personal list of contacts — “which more than covers” the $20,000 pay raise.

“I left the meeting demoralized, and so did my hardworking staff. I heard that some of you felt beat up and angry, while others were very pleased. This kind of division over something so minor is not what will move us forward,” Hutchison wrote.

Hutchison’s problem is far from unique; on average, American women make only 77 cents for each dollar a man makes.

The Times further reported that other party leaders were “dismayed” at the frank language in Hutchison’s memo, presumably fearing the negative publicity that could accompany it. “There is no war on women,” one anonymous GOP source told the newspaper.

It makes sense that Washington Republicans would be sensitive to accusations of sexism. After all, Kirby Wilbur — Hutchison’s predecessor — is arguably best known for dismissing immigration protesters as “left-wing witches and hags” who “look so old and ugly.”

But, much like the national Republican Party, the Washington GOP’s concern is misplaced. To them, the problem isn’t that Hutchison makes $20,000 less than her male predecessor; it’s that she’s talking about it out loud. Sure, it would have been helpful for Republicans if Hutchison had kept quiet. But they would be even better off if they neutralized the “war on women” argument by supporting policies that actually support women. Maybe the Paycheck Fairness Act would be a good place to start.

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  • Independent1

    The Times further reported that other party leaders were “dismayed” at the frank language in Hutchison’s memo, presumably fearing the negative publicity that could accompany it. “There is no war on women,” one anonymous GOP source told the newspaper.
    Of course GOP party leaders were dismayed about Hutchison making a fuss over being shortchanged in her salary and an ononymous GOP source said “There is no war on women”. Because male Republicans really believe that America is still back in the time before women could even vote – right after WWI – a time when very few women even worked outside the home (unless it was as maids), much less earn money equal to a man. It’s all part of the GOP’s efforts to set America back about 100 years in virtually every aspect of the country.

    • ralphkr

      I must take exception, Independent 1, to your statement that GOP wishes to turn back the clock 100 years. In actuality, 100 years is not far enough because of all the terrible things that Teddy Roosevelt (a Republican In Name Only) to make things better for the non-wealthy. The moderate Republicans (also RINOs) wish to return to the late 19th Century while the TEA Party, the ONLY true American Patriots, wish to return to the glory days of the 18th Century when only property owners were allowed to vote and women and people of color were basically considered chattel.

      • Independent1

        I can’t disagree that they may be trying to push America back even further in time. All I can see is that they’re trying to undo almost every bit of progress America has made since progressing beyond feudalism – some GOP legislators act like barbarians.

  • Dominick Vila

    One of the greatest social changes that have been taking place in recent years, and one of the most under reported, is the fact that approximately 60% of college graduates are women, and that many are pursuing careers in hard sciences, an area that until recently was dominated by males. An increasing number of women are applying and getting lucrative jobs in the high tech sector, earning six figure salaries. It will not be long before men are relegated to lower paying jobs, and women run the show. I wonder what the GOP will do and say when that happens….

  • elw

    I think this is what you call poetic justice. Perhaps Susan Hutchison should have chosen a different Party to lead or have at least read what the GOP stands for before she chose to run for a leadership position. Did she believe that she was not going to be bitten by the unfair and hateful policies of the GOP? She now knows first hand what happens to many millions of women in this Country, everyday. Chew on that Susan.

    • Allan Richardson

      This reminds me of a Unity minister I once knew who had previously been a Catholic nun. She became disillusioned with the fact that she could never have become a priest. So, if your company doesn’t treat you fairly, change companies.

      • elw

        Or don’t go that way in the first place.

  • LotusJoan

    Typical GOP they have no empathy or understanding unless it affects them directly.

  • Allan Richardson

    They are living up (or down) to their principles. They believe discrimination on the basis of sex (among other conditions) is perfectly OK, and they put that principle into practice. So what’s the problem? They want the general election voters to BELIEVE that they do not approve of discrimination, in order to get their votes.

  • mandinka

    Maybe that’s all she is worth

    • jnap

      You posted crap now go beat your wife.

      • BillP

        Not sure you should encourage someone to beat their wife especially mandinka, a man of very limited knowledge and no discernible way of expressing it

  • ThomasBonsell

    Wake up, little Susie; you spent several years as a TV news anchor and a reporter before that. If you didn’t learn the personality of the Republican Party in all those years, were you really doing your job?

    It might be easy to be misled by a handful of decent Republicans, like Dan Evans, but surely Slade Gorton, John Carlson, Kirby Wilber, Reagan Dunn’s mother (can’t remember her name) Dino Rossi, Pam Roach and the rest of the GOP crew had to clue you in that there was something terribly wrong with that outfit.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    If we can make use of more knowledge than we actually know, we can overcome our natural ignorance & create useful things.

  • Montesquieu

    If those who worship at collectivism’s altar were not selfish, they would not defend the superstitions, illusions, and utopian fantasies conjured up to justify collectivism and the plunder upon which it depends.