It’s probably not smart political strategy for a male politician to make misogynistic comments about his female challenger a few weeks before his recall election. But that’s exactly what Republican Senator Scott Fitzgerald did on Saturday. According to Clay Barbour, Wisconsin State Journal, Fitzgerald had this to say about his opponent:
For the record, Fitzgerald said he doesn’t buy Compas’ Pollyanna image. He knows some people are painting the race as a David-vs.-Goliath contest. But Fitzgerald said he thinks her husband is one of the main forces behind her campaign, as well as unions and protest groups.
“I don’t for one minute believe she is the organizing force behind this whole thing,” he said.
But, true to form, Lori Compas, after recovering from the initial shock of those ridiculous statements, responded with dignity, grace, and fire:
“That is pretty insulting, but it does seem in keeping with his general views on women,” she said. “He doesn’t seem to have a lot of respect for them. That’s OK; he can keep underestimating me.”
Compas said that if Fitzgerald really doubts she is a serious candidate, he should accept her invitation to debate. “I have challenged him to five debates,” she said. “If he thinks I can’t handle myself, he should come out and face me.”