Target: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Goal: Stop claiming past support for the Violence Against Women Act
A tough re-election campaign should be no reason to let the truth slide. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently released a new campaign ad claiming that he supported the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) when it was first proposed and that he has continued to support the measure since then, according to the Huffington Post. While such a position would be commendable, the fact remains that Senator McConnell has been no friend to VAWA. According to The Rachel Maddow Show, the senator has been against VAWA every time it has come to a vote since its creation.
VAWA is a comprehensive and far reaching set of regulations. According to the White House, it has improved how the criminal justice system treats rape, stalking and domestic violence, drastically improving the lives of thousands of women. In recent times, conservatives have been accused of waging a “war against women”, and touting support for a very important woman’s rights bill might seem like a good way to deflect criticism. This strategy only works, however, if the lawmaker in question actually supported the bill. If Senator McConnell wants to prove his support for women’s issues, he shouldn’t have to mislead voters as to his past activities.
Senator McConnell is fully within his rights to support or oppose any legislation that he desires to. There should be no reason for him to attempt to fool people into believing he supports laws that he obviously does not. By signing this petition, you will urge the senator to come clean and be truthful about his past opposition to VAWA.
Dear Senator McConnell,
A recent ad released by your re-election campaign seeks to portray you as a staunch supporter of the Violence Against Women Act. However, the truth of the matter is that you have opposed the Act each time that it has come to a vote. While you are certainly allowed to support or oppose any laws that you wish, misleading voters as to your position is wrong.
Transparency and openness are integral parts of our democracy, and you should be perfectly honest about the laws you have voted for and against. I urge you to retract your ad and be truthful about your past votes against the Violence Against Women Act.
[Your Name Here]
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