Where does the GOP Stand on Equal Pay?
Concord - Equal Pay Day is yet another reminder of how out of touch the New Hampshire Republican Party has become with traditional New Hampshire values - like guaranteeing equal pay for equal work. In Washington, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte voted against the Pay Check Fairness Act which would make it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. [Huffington Post, 6/05/2012] The most recent Republican gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne also voiced opposition to equal pay legislation. [ThinkProgress, 10/22/2012]
Last year on Equal Pay Day, the New Hampshire Republican Party spokesman called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay law a "handout to trial lawyers" that allows women to "sue their employers unnecessarily." [Huffington Post, 4/18/2012]
"Unfortunately, New Hampshire already knows where Kelly Ayotte, Ovide Lamontange, and the NHGOP stand: in firm opposition to equal pay for equal work. But what about the GOP's second string candidates Jeb Bradley and Frank Guinta - will they stand with their far right allies or with the hard working women of New Hampshire?" asked Harrell Kirstein, communication director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Even the NHGOP's fantasy candidate Scott Brown has taken the wrong position on equal pay - it is time for Bradley and Guinta to be honest with Granite State voters about where they stand."
When women make less than men for equal work, the economic security of their families is undermined. Over the course of her career, a woman loses hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those earnings could have been used to pay for a child's education or help a family achieve the American Dream of home ownership.
"While nationally the Republican Party has been attempting to erase some of its more out of touch positions, Kelly Ayotte's New Hampshire Republican Party with Jennifer Horn in the lead has been sliding ever farther to the extreme right," added Kirstein.