Women, Republican Rep. Richard Hanna (New York) wants you to give your money to the Democrats. During an Equal Rights Amendment Rally this week, Hanna said, “I’ll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side — my side — has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can’t succeed without your help.” The Representative was the only GOP lawmaker at the rally.
Hanna amends that he has absolutely nothing against the Republican party; after all, he is one of them. However, he is a unique kind of Republican, considering that he is pro-choice. He also reportedly co-sponsored the ERA bill which the rally supported.
Later on during the rally, Richard Hanna also stated that:
“If equality had been enshrined in the Constitution … I wonder if we would still be hearing today from right-wing presidential contenders that women should not serve in combat … that women should not use birth control, and that women who do are called names that are not fit to repeat here.”
Hanna also urged women to make their voices heard about the Equal Rights Amendment. He rallied them, saying,
“This is a dogfight, it’s a fistfight, and you have all the cards…I can only tell you to get out there and use them. Tell the other women, the other 51 percent of the population, to kick in a few of their bucks. Make it matter, get out there, get on TV, advertise, talk about this. The fact that you want [the ERA] is evidence that you deserve it and you need it.”
The Equal Rights Amendment was originally passed in 1972 as an amendment to the Constitution. However, it has not yet been ratified by the required 38 states. It states simply that equality under the law, “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.”
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the legislation this year, hoping that it would finally become a part of the Constitution.
Huffington Post asked the Republican if he was betraying his party by encouraging women to support their rivals. Hanna responded by saying that, “I’m trying to help [the GOP]…I think it’s the appropriate thing to do.”
What do you think of Republican Rep. Richard Hanna’s advice to women?
Check out Richard Hanna’s comments at the rally here: