That’s a direct quote from a newsletter sent out by a county Republican party in Ohio, where Betty Sutton is running for a third term in the 13th CD. The county party chair admits sending it out, and is sorry if (!) it offended anyone. The Republican candidate, Tom Ganley, apparently had a paid ad in the mailer, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason to think he knew about the “kitchen” remark. Sutton, naturally, is kicking up a fuss, and implying that Ganley had more responsibility that seems to be the case.
The mailer was supported by funds from a Republican multimillionaire challenger by the name of Tom Ganley who has decided he wants to take my place in Congress. Ganley placed a huge advertisement in the flier to build support for the campaign to – how did they put it – oh, yes, to get me “out of the House and back in the kitchen.”
In the absence of evidence that Ganley knew the offensive sentence was going to appear in the mailer, it’s not fair to link it directly to him; candidates don’t control county party committees, and shouldn’t be held to account for those committees’ stupid pet tricks. Equivocation on that point doesn’t do Sutton’s campaign any credit.
But Ganley, having even unwittingly helped pay to send that garbage out, is now stuck. Obviously he doesn’t want to say that a county GOP chair is a witless misogynist, but that’s the case, and he absolutely has to say so, and in stronger terms than this:
“I don’t believe in stereotypes of any kind,” Ganley said in an e-mailed statement. “Clearly the words used were inappropriate, but with unemployment over 11 percent in Ohio we need to stick to the issues.”
“Inappropriate”? Man, that’s harsh! And I’m sure all the women in OH-13 will be glad to know that misogyny is no longer one of the “issues.”