Both Garcia and Perry Share Similar Records Fighting Against Equal Rights for Women and LGBT Citizens
Manchester, NH – In a recent WMUR report, Bill O’Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed Marilinda Garcia sought private guidance from indicted Texas governor and Tea Party extremist Rick Perry while he made his trip through New Hampshire last week.
According to WMUR, "Garcia met privately one-on-one with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss border security among other topics.” The private meeting is fitting, given that the two share similar beliefs in considering women's rights and LGBT equality as second-class issues.
“It's no surprise that Bill O'Brien protégé and Koch Brothers-backed candidate Marilinda Garcia sought private guidance from indicted governor and Tea Party extremist Rick Perry, as both have troubling records of insulting and demeaning women and LGBT Americans, depriving them of equal rights,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "As a state representative, Marilinda Garcia voted against economic progress for New Hampshire women and families at every turn and called marriage an institution that makes no sense for same-sex couples. As Governor of Texas, Perry called equal pay for equal work 'nonsense' and infamously compared LGBT people to alcoholics."
Ahead of the general election, Garcia has been trying to cover her tracks by hiding her past ultra-conservative record on women's health and economic issues while playing up her frontrunner status in the GOP primary.
“As Garcia scrambles to hide her far-right record from voters ahead of the general election, news of her private mentorship from the likes of Rick Perry, who received a paltry 0.7% of the vote in the 2012 New Hampshire Primary, reinforces why her Tea Party views do not represent New Hampshire values,” continued McClain.
See below for a comparison of ultra-conservative records between Garcia and Perry
Garcia's Record on LGBT Equality and Women's Economic Issues
Garcia calls marriage an institution that makes no sense for same-sex couples
“Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican, said gay marriage should not be allowed because only heterosexual couples can unite biologically.' Marriage has to do with generativity, not love or commitment, she said. 'A same-sex couple cannot thus unite, therefore the state has no interest in regulating their relationship,' Garcia said. 'The symbolic message of inclusion for same-sex couples in an institution that makes no sense for them would be coupled with another message: That marriage is about the desires of adults rather than the interests of children. [Concord Monitor, 3/22/12]
As state representative, Garcia championed repealing marriage equality in NH: “Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, spoke for the bill saying the only purpose of same-sex marriage was to provide symbolism and a “psychic benefit” for those couples.” [Concord Patch, 3/24/12]
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-02 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]
Perry's Record on LGBT Equality and Women's Economic Issues
“Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared homosexuality to alcoholism Wednesday, arguing that both can be overcome.” [Washington Post, 6/12/12]
"Rick Perry: Equal Pay "nonsense" in Texas"
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday called the debate over equal pay for women that is lighting up the Texas governor’s race “nonsense,” saying the Democrats should focus on “substantive issues.” [Politico, 3/25/14]