Posted at 7:00 AM Apr 29, 2010By Naomi Zeveloff
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.