A powerful New York teachers union is being criticized for pushing the idea of a Republican “War on Women” in a manner that even some Democrats think goes too far.
Outrage ensued after the political fundraising arm of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union sent out campaign literature featuring an image of a battered woman and using it to imply that Republican candidates for the New York Senate would not protect the woman pictured from her abuser.
"MARK GRISANTI WON'T PROTECT HER FROM HER ABUSER," one version of the mailer declares.
The mailer is being circulated against Republican State Senate Candidates in three districts.
While the three targeted Republicans support nine out of the ten planks in the bill, they are opposed to the tenth plank which deals with abortion access, not domestic violence.
41st Senate District GOP candidate Sue Serino, who was the target of one of the ads, recently, got support from local Democrats who called on Serino’s Democratic opponent to condemn the ad.
Despite the bipartisan outrage the teacher union is standing by the ad.
"The graphic on the mailers may be disturbing, but what's even more disturbing is the Republican record on women's issues," said Carl Korn, a spokesman for NYSUT. "By blocking a vote on the full Women's Equality Act, the Republicans stopped an important program that would have protected victims of domestic violence. It's important that voters know that."
Hat Tip: The Mental Recession