Bill O'Brien Protégé and Koch Brothers-Backed Candidate Garcia Can't Be Trusted to Stand up for New Hampshire Women and Families
Manchester, NH – Bill O'Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed candidate Marilinda Garcia is desperately attempting to cover her tracks and hide her extreme record on women's health ahead of the upcoming general election.
Heading into the final stretch of the GOP primary, she is already attempting to deceive voters by walking back her past ultra-conservative record and shaking off her Tea Party credentials for the general election, as made clear in last night's Monadnock debate.
“As she plays up her frontrunner status, Tea Party extremist Marilinda Garcia is attempting to coverher tracks and hide her past radical views that are wildly out of touch with New Hampshire women and families,” said Julie McClain, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director. “Given Garcia's ultra-conservative record that includes voting to completely defund Planned Parenthood, restricting a woman's choice when it comes to her personal health decisions, and recently celebrating the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision that allows bosses to come between a woman and her health care decisions, Granite State women and families can't trust that she will stand up for them in Congress.”
In addition to her harmful views on women's health, Garcia has also sided against the priorities of New Hampshire families, including opposing Equal Pay and Paycheck Fairness legislation that support middle-class families, the Violence Against Women Act, and raising the minimum wage that would largely benefit low-income female breadwinners to support their families.
In January 2012, Garcia voted to defund Planned Parenthood of New England: “The House voted 207-147 Wednesday to prohibit any organization that performs elective abortions such as Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and some hospitals to receive any state or federal funds.” [Union Leader, 1/19/12; HB 228, Vote #45, 1/18/12]
In 2012, Garcia voted to consider restrictions on women's health services: “The House voted 189-151 to send House Bill 1659, the Women's Right to Know Act, to the Senate. The bill would require pregnant women to wait 24 hours and certify they have been given information on fetal development before getting an abortion. Women would also be required to receive explicit information about the fetus and to view pictures and a video on the issue. Violating the law would be a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Violating the law would be a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.” [HB 1659, Vote #148, 3/14/12; Portsmouth Herald, 3/15/12]
Garcia opposes Equal Pay: At a campaign debate, Garcia said: “I’m sure there are a lot of factors why--if it is true that women do earn less than men, that could be the case--but in general I don’t support things that basically, allow for a more litigious society than we already have and I think this puts the employer at a disadvantage.” [NH CD- 2 Primary Debate, 2/06/14]
Garcia opposes Paycheck Fairness: "On the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to litigate allegations of gender discrimination in the workplace, Garcia said imposing 'what can somewhat be arbitrary standards of fairness ... puts the employer at a disadvantage' when it comes to hiring." [The Hill, 6/09/14]
Garcia “thrilled” about Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby: “Nevertheless, some conservatives and Republicans in the state hailed the Supreme Court’s decision, which established for the first time that corporations can express religious views […] Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican vying for Kuster’s seat, said she was “thrilled” at the outcome.” [Nashua Telegraph, 8/1/2014]