Primary problems: GOP women struggle to come out on top
Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on March 8.
June 4th, 2014
10:55 AM ET
5 months ago

Primary problems: GOP women struggle to come out on top

Washington (CNN) – Erika Harold, a biracial, former Miss America-turned-Harvard Law School-educated attorney in her 30s, would seem to be the type of congressional candidate the Republican Party would break its neck to back in a race.

But, as she barnstormed across Illinois' 13th Congressional District in a maverick effort to defeat first-term incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis in March's primary, Harold came face-to-face with an extreme example of the types of challenges female GOP congressional hopefuls sometimes face.

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  1. Marie MD

    Maybe it's because the teaklans still think that women should be barefoot, pregnant and have no personal rights.
    Some of the stuff that comes put of some of these Neanderthals says it all.
    They really are no more civilized than the Taliban and some other men rule women submit when it comes to women.

    June 4, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Thomas

    Like Sarah Palin said , if you can't shoot a gun , cook a good moose and have lots of younins , your not conservative enough .

    June 4, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    --I don't blame a bit, because GOP, republican sin is so ripe. Republican Party of "no" is dead for another fifty years or so.

    June 4, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    You're in the wrong party Erica. Go home, get married, have kids and make supper for your hubby and be ready and willing whenever he is. That's what makes a good GOP woman. And don't forget to add a dose of Obama is bad, that's usually good for some support. I wonder if they refer to her as a mutt like I've heard plenty refer to President Obama??

    June 4, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. rs

    I would suspect that at the heart of it, as the GOP's only accomplishments (legislatively) for the recent past have involved bills regarding women's reproductive systems and reproductive rights, and philosophical gems like "pregnancy from rape is a gift from God" go a long way to explain why, at the end of the day, they don't fully support woman candidates. Just maybe.

    June 4, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. drake mallard

    We Get It, GOP. You Hate Women. We Get It.

    they're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.

    June 4, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. just asking

    you can't run against an incumbent in a party and expect the party to help you unseat them and potentially weaken the party's hold on the seat. democrats would have done the same thing to her. she needs to get real and run for open seats. she was not being very smart about how she did things. it was about the same thing that liz cheney did and she eventually had to drop her bid.

    June 4, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Silence DoGood

    Tea Party to Women: After you read through the rules about who you cannot marry, what religion you should be, what is permitted in your private life, what you can do with your body, what the State may do to your body, please get right in line to vote for us. Hey wait, where are you going? I need you to make us a sandwich.

    June 4, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    you can't run against an incumbent in a party and expect the party to help you unseat them and potentially weaken the party's hold on the seat. democrats would have done the same thing to her. she needs to get real and run for open seats. she was not being very smart about how she did things. it was about the same thing that liz cheney did and she eventually had to drop her bid.
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    You can't? Why not? The Tea Party does it all of the time, and you always applaud the effort. What's different this time around? Did you read the article? The county GOP leader referred to Harold as a "street walker" as part of his rationale for not supporting her. Do you approve of that sort of language in politics?

    June 4, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You're in the wrong party Erica. Go home, get married, have kids and make supper for your hubby and be ready and willing whenever he is. That's what makes a good GOP woman. And don't forget to add a dose of Obama is bad, that's usually good for some support."

    Might I also add "seek out the opinions of the men who know better than she what is best her" ?

    June 4, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Silence DoGood
    Tea Party to Women: After you read through the rules about who you cannot marry, what religion you should be, what is permitted in your private life, what you can do with your body, what the State may do to your body, please get right in line to vote for us.
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    Co-signed.

    June 4, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Gunderson

    Heck No,
    Old Gunderson like women, have run and hide from them!
    rs,
    Like it or not the primary responsibility of the Congress, in the domestic sector, within the U.S. Constitution is to make the Laws as fair as possible! It isn't their job to baby sit you, or me! Because the people lost their way the last 100 years or so, now we have a 17.7 Trillion dollar federal debt with no end in sight! True some things needed to be changed, but the people still need to take responsibility for their lives as provided in the Constitution.

    Also true, some people on here as well as some of our politicians were behind the door when the brains were passed out and we do have to make allowances for them but not to the tune of giving away the store as has been the "Buck Passing" policy by the Politicians in too many instances.

    June 4, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Crystal Wright, an editor and blogger with ConservativeBlackChick.com, put it more bluntly.

    "She was black and needed to know her place," Wright said of the attitude she felt some members of the party establishment displayed toward Harold. "We complain we don't have enough female and minority candidates. Then someone with Erika's qualifications comes along and we treat them like crap. It's very disheartening to me that the party I belong to doesn't get it and is so out of touch. You get tired of beating your head against a brick wall."
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    I agree with her. Republicans just don't get it. However, because she still identifies with them, then she just doesn't get it either. She doesn't get it, not even when it is whipping her across the face.

    June 4, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. rs

    Silence DoGood

    Tea Party to Women: After you read through the rules about who you cannot marry, what religion you should be, what is permitted in your private life, what you can do with your body, what the State may do to your body, please get right in line to vote for us. Hey wait, where are you going? I need you to make us a sandwich.
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    Wow- that sounds like the GOP/TP wants to manage the everyday lives of Americans... why, isn't that Sozializum!? :-) -Sorry, couldn't resist!

    June 4, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican rebranding efforts is a joke. Republicans just don't get it. The problem is with the message and not the messenger. Not supporting Harold because she was going up against an incumbent is a hypocritical excuse. Guess that excuse doesn't apply to Tea Partiers who unseated long time incumbents. The Republican Party is still the exclusive club of angry old white men.

    June 4, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    maybe she needs to go Grizzlie-Huntin with palin to boost her cred.

    June 4, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Tommy G

    So by all of the leftist logic in here, the Republican Party should provide party resources and help replace all Republican incumbents in primaries, especially if the challenger is a woman and/or a minority, in order to prove to the world the party likes women and minorities? Yeah, thanks for that advice lefties!!! How about YOU support primary challengers against YOUR incumbents?!! How about getting a few of those old farts out of their before they die?!!

    June 4, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    June 4, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am
    from the article:

    Crystal Wright, an editor and blogger with ConservativeBlackChick.com, put it more bluntly.

    “She was black and needed to know her place,” Wright said of the attitude she felt some members of the party establishment displayed toward Harold. “We complain we don’t have enough female and minority candidates. Then someone with Erika’s qualifications comes along and we treat them like crap. It’s very disheartening to me that the party I belong to doesn’t get it and is so out of touch. You get tired of beating your head against a brick wall.”
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    I agree with her. Republicans just don’t get it. However, because she still identifies with them, then she just doesn’t get it either. She doesn’t get it, not even when it is whipping her across the face.

    Exactly!!!!

    June 4, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. CryBabies

    Lynda....Really? I gave you the benefit of the doubt, but with that last comment (11:39) you need to think rationally about your comments. You're not only not on base, you're not even in the ball park. Bias....Plain and Simple!.

    June 4, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @Tommy G
    So by all of the leftist logic in here, the Republican Party should provide party resources and help replace all Republican incumbents in primaries, especially if the challenger is a woman and/or a minority, in order to prove to the world the party likes women and minorities? Yeah, thanks for that advice lefties!!! How about YOU support primary challengers against YOUR incumbents?!! How about getting a few of those old farts out of their before they die?!!
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    I think the GOP and its funny uncle Tea Party is way, way beyond proving anything. There have been so many misogynist position statements and quotes. I won't even start to quote them – too easy to find. It's like Dude, we can see you!

    OK – I cannot resist – can't help it – will give you one off the top of head from high priest Santorum in an interview where he said the pregnancy from rape must handled by the woman by "accepting what God has given her".

    Too late – the GOP already has its mouth open and the hits just keep coming.

    June 4, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Johnnie

    Why are all of the conservative Republican women HOT and the liberal Democrat women NOT? Must be all that hate eating them up inside.

    June 4, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Ol' Yeller

    Silence DoGood
    Tea Party to Women: After you read through the rules about who you cannot marry, what religion you should be, what is permitted in your private life, what you can do with your body, what the State may do to your body, please get right in line to vote for us.

    You left out the part about them being the Party of Freedom Lover's Freedom Party for Freedom.
    They like to talk about 'freedom', they just don't want certain people to enjoy any... just a few though.... Gays, Lesbians, People of Color, Immigrants, Women, the poor, Blue States, Dems, Vets, Women, the unemployed, Transexuals, Women, Brown folks, Black folks, Brown, Black, or poor White Women... and just a few million others (basically anyone outside the group of Christian White, Wealthy Males).

    June 4, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Filed under: "Tell us something we don't know."

    June 4, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. YoonYoungJo

    Its partly just make chauvinism. Woman can be woman and still be women. I think, but that's just my opinion. It is surprising, the GOP doesn't back her. They want to reach the female populace, check. They want to reach the younger crowd, check. The world is make dominated but that's only because of the illusion men are superior. Or perhaps that' just comes from gender responsibilities.

    June 4, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You're not only not on base, you're not even in the ball park. Bias....Plain and Simple!."

    If this comment has any meaning behind it ... I'll be darned if I can find it.

    June 4, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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