May 30, 2013 — The Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee enthusiastically endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor and calls on all fair-minded Virginians to reject the extremism of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
McAuliffe will be a dynamic leader in ending the Republican “War on Virginia Women” that is not only threatening Virginia women’s sense of security but also discouraging businesses from locating here. He will move us forward on economic growth, jobs, good schools, quality health care for our fragile families, and safety from violence in our homes, on our campuses and throughout our communities.
Virginia NOW – dedicated to advancing women’s rights and social justice for all – is fed up with cruel policies aimed at our state’s girls and women. We need a governor who works for solutions, not stalemates. McAuliffe’s focus on creating good jobs, educating the workforce and closing the pay gap between women and men is what Virginia needs.
Virginia’s current political leadership has turned our state into a national embarrassment. The Cuccinelli-McDonnell record on women’s progress is zero and their attempts to undermine women’s access to health care are calculated and heartless. The number of Virginia’s woman-run businesses is precariously low and Virginia ranks among the worst states in the nation in terms of equal pay for women. McAuliffe’s commitment to a thriving economy, fairness and justice is the right way to build Virginia and appeal to businesses and families.
In the tradition of Senator Tim Kaine, McAuliffe understands that women’s issues are family issues and economic issues. He has pledged to take action against the economic discrimination that results in women making 78 cents to a man’s dollar for the same job and to ensure that Virginians have comprehensive health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Cuccinelli has fought a losing battle against making health insurance more affordable and available and is a leading foe of the ACA requirement that insurance policies cover contraception as basic preventive health care (he calls it a “sterilization mandate”).
We deserve a better Virginia than the narrow-minded, regressive leadership of Ken Cuccinelli and his Tea Party allies. We need the common-sense, bipartisan leadership that Terry McAuliffe will provide as governor.