Mon May 7, 2012
Two female candidates running for top state office
There currently are two female governors in the country. They serve in North Carolina and Washington state. Neither is seeking reelection in 2012. Supporters of Kathleen Falk say she could fill that void if elected governor of Wisconsin.
In her campaign for governor, Kathleen Falk has touted her experience as a state environmental lawyer and county executive. Days before the May 8th primary, she's focusing on gender, pointing out she was Dane County's first female executive in 1997, "When they wondered, 'Could a woman balance a budget? Ah, you know my line, 'I love balancing a budget.' "
The other woman in the four-way democratic primary is state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, of Alma. Wisconsin needs a female governor says Falk supporter Rep. Chris Taylor to fight laws making it harder for women to prove pay discrimination, additional restrictions on abortion and Medicaid cuts that affect women and children, "Now more than ever we need a champion on those issues. And Kathleen Vinehout has not been that for women. And I’m sorry to say that. She's very inconsistent on these issues."
Vinehout's campaign points out the senator did vote with women on a number of issues, including pay equity, funding for Planned Parenthood and comprehensive sex education. In 2007, Democratic critics were angered when Vinehout offered a bill amendment allowing pharmacists not to dispense birth control because of religious or moral objections.