For the 2014 midterm elections, the GOP has some truly scary candidates with extreme views on women's rights, the climate, and how our government should function. Some of them proudly tout their extreme beliefs while others hide behind them, but all of them would take us a step backward should they be elected. Here are the four scariest politicians who want you to elect them to the 114th Senate.
Cory Gardner (R-CO 4th)
- This Representative from Colorado's who has been leading in every major poll recently has spent much of his Congressional career voting against women's rights at every opportunity he was given. He has voted against a bill requiring hospitals to tell rape victims that emergency contraception is available and voted in favor of a bill allowing hospitals to refuse abortions to women even if their own life was at stake. He is also a co-sponsor of the federal “Life at Conception” personhood bill that would effectively end a woman's right to have a legal abortion.
Gardner's win is no slam-dunk and the polls have been wrong in Colorado before, but Mark Udall will need to see a strong showing from women and independents if he is able to eek out a victory in the perennial swing state.
Tom Cotton (R-AR 4th)-
Cotton has been leading incumbent Mark Pryor in the polls and looks increasingly likely to unseat the Senator. That may spell bad news for women and immigration reform advocates. The staunchly anti-abortion, anti-immigration, and anti-science advocate will have a much larger platform in the Senate than he currently enjoys in the House and can help torpedo any legislation meant to deal with global warming:
"I pledge to the taxpayers of my state, and to the American people, that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (Cotton's statement when signing the 'No Climate Tax Pledge')
Quotes like that are truly scary while we are sitting back and watching our polar ice caps melting at an alarming rate.
Thom Tillis (R-NC) The Republican Speaker in North Carolina, who is locked in a tight race with incumbent Kay Hagan, would be a truly scary Senator should he claim victory. Tills believes that human life starts at conception, that states have a right to restrict access to birth control, and was instrumental in passing North Carolina's forced ultrasound law. That law has been ruled unconstitutional, but the state is appealing the ruling to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tillis' views on welfare and government assistance are even more striking:
"What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance." (WRAL, 10/11/11)
Thankfully Senator Hagan has been leading in every major poll recently, but only ever so slightly. Let's hope the voters of North Carolina think twice before deciding to send Speaker Tillis to D.C.
David Perdue (R-GA) Businessman David Perdue may be the scariest of all potential Senators in the 114th Congress. Perdue is anti-gay marriage, was recently sued for gender pay discrimination, and believes that global warming is a hoax. He also wants to make sure that clean energy companies receive no subsidies from the Government. As if that weren't bad enough, the League of Conservation Voter's lists Perdue as one of their 'Dirty Dozen' politicians who would undoubtedly side with big oil and gas over science. Did I forget to mention that Perdue gloated about his record of outsourcing jobs overseas? When asked in a 2005 deposition about his outsourcing tactics Perdue responded:
“Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that” and "sourcing was my primary responsibility in both [Singapore and Hong Kong].
You can help prevent us from being scared every day for the next six years. Get out and vote this election day!