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Brown-Waite sees problem for women in bruising N.Y. congressional race



The withdraw of Dede Scozzafava from a Republican House race in upstate New York left many conservatives cheering but not Florida Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite.


The Brooksville Republican -- and Albany native -- was in New York recently to help Scozzafava raise money along with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

In an interview last week, Brown-Waite said Scozzafava was being unfairly maligned and had a solid Republican record. Scozzafava ran into troubles with her base -- including Sarah Palin -- for supporting gay rights and abortion rights and was perceived as not tough enough on fiscal issues. "I resented that here was a woman whose stand is so similar to John McHue's (who resigned the seat to become President Obama's Army Secretary), and yet she's being attacked."

"For a purely selfish reason I don't want to see females in the Republican Party saying, 'Wait a minute, they're going to destroy me, they're going to distort every vote I've ever taken,' and that's really why I felt so strongly about going up there."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:25pm]


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