By voting against the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Raul Labrador clearly demonstrates his cruel and callous disregard for the safety and protection of women. His vote also confirms his unwillingness to insure protection and justice under the law for our Native American women. These sexist and racist attitudes are not to be condoned. They do not represent the values of the majority of our citizens as we strive to build a fair and humane society.
Labrador defends his vote against the bill by expressing his disapproval about the procedures used to bring the bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote saying, “It’s a huge concern.” The bill was rightfully brought to the floor and passed with bipartisan support.
When parliamentary procedure and political maneuvering takes precedence over the vastly more important concern for the welfare of women, it is time for Idaho voters to replace Labrador with someone who will promote the general welfare of women and minorities.