The Lady Politic: If you can't stand the heat...

Posted at 7:00 AM Apr 29, 2010

By Naomi Zeveloff

Meet Tom Ganley, Republican candidate for United States House of Representatives. A native Ohioan, Tom met his wife when they were 10 years old. Soon after, he opened a car dealership called the Eastway Rambler. Things were going well for Tom and his young family, until one day, a man came into his office and asked him if he'd like to purchase an Oldsmobile dealership. Tom pursued the deal. But then the man came back to him with a bill for a $500,000 finder's fee. Turns out, the man was part of a major crime ring. Tom contacted the FBI, which set up recording devices all over his office. Over the next 2 years, he dutifully recorded several instances of illegal extortion, enduring threats to his wife and children, until there was enough evidence to land the suckers in prison.

That's all to say that Tom has been through a lot. But of all the scary things that Tom has withstood, nothing comes close to what Tom is doing right now: challenging a female incumbent for a Congressional seat. That's right, Tom is up against Democrat Betty Sutton, a longtime Ohio politician and lawyer with 3 years in Congress under her belt. And, word has it, he's shaking in his shoes.

Why else would Tom place an ad in a flier calling on voters to "take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen"? The mailing, which went out to 15,000 voters, also made its way to Betty's office, where a young female supporter cried, "I can't believe that this is how some people value women....I don't know why I even went to college; if this is how people treat you, what's the point?"

When asked for a response, Tom, who said he bought the ad without seeing the mailer, didn't apologize. After a little hemming and hawing, Tom came up with this: "Clearly the words used were inappropriate, but with unemployment over 11 percent in Ohio we need to stick to the issues."

Sounds sensible enough. But remember, in Tom's world, we're talking job creation for men. A woman working outside of the house? Why, it's as scary as a tussle with a crime king.


BorgQueen said:

"Tom, who said he bought the ad without seeing the mailer..."

BULL-FUCKING-SHIT. I am sooo tired of these politicians blaming some underling who was probably only taking orders... HIS orders.. for their own stupidity. Nut up and call it what it is, dude, a cheap, sexist shot for your own gain. Asshole

comicshopgrl said:

It's hard to believe that some people can be so blatantly sexist in this century. Does this guy not realize that women can vote now?

Andrea said:

Comicshopgrl, the worst part is that many women WILL vote for this asshole. Ugh.

Nicki E. said:

Wow. Just wow.

Bobbyskizza said:

I hate that no matter where you go in the world you routinely find people with these backwards veiws on the world in major political parties. Bleagh

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