A Statement from Linda Chavez-Thompson on Rick Perry’s Virginia Fundraiser

Posted on 08/16/2010. Filed under: Linda Chavez-Thompson, texas politics |

“Are we headed for a 21st century or 19th economy?”

“Today, millions of Texans went to work. And once again, Rick Perry wasn’t
one of them. Instead of going to work, Perry decided to attend an out-of-state
fundraiser hosted by a Republican Governor who declared April “Confederate
History Month” (while purposefully removing any reference to slavery so it
would “increase tourism”) and who doesn’t believe women should receive equal
pay as men for equal work.

“I was the first woman and the first person of color to serve as the Executive
Vice President of the national AFL-CIO. I’ve spent my life fighting to break glass
ceilings and ensure that economic opportunities are open to all — regardless of
one’s race or gender. Rick Perry’s record of ignoring our Texas public schools
and his decision to saddle up next to Bob McDonnell — who’s adult views openly
dismiss the role of women in today’s economy — is s sobering reminder that Rick
Perry is leading Texas backwards, not forwards.”

Notes

“McDonnell’s Confederate History Month proclamation irks civil rights leaders.”
Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/
06/AR2010040604416.html

1. In 2001, McDonnell voted against a resolution calling for the end of wage
discrimination between men and women. “’89 Thesis a Different Side of
McDonnell.” Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/
article/2009/08/29/AR2009082902434.html

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