GOP launches new campaign targeting women

AUSTIN (KXAN) – In a campaign environment highlighting the divide inside Texas, Republicans hope a new political committee could help them win over women.

On Wednesday, a new group RedState Women launched its first video today featuring Republican Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick.

Craddick, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to statewide office in Texas, talked about the challenges of being a single mother in politics and why she is a Republican.

“My daughter was born during my campaign, so whereas my opponents were spending the night on the road, I was coming home from Dallas at 11:00 at night.” said Craddick in the video. “I had to be home the next morning for my child before I started again.”

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In the 2-minute long video, Craddick said women want to vote for women. She also discussed the advantages women have when it comes to governing.

“It’s interesting when you walk into a group of men and you’re all sitting around talking. Their egos get in the way sometimes,” said Craddick. “Women want to go in, solve a problem, fix a problem, and we don’t care who takes credit for it.”

RedState Women PAC Executive Director Cari Christman told  KXAN News that women built the Republican Party in Texas, saying they are the “hands and feet” of the party.

Christman said this group is the the next piece of the puzzle so Republicans can build a platform for women’s voices to be heard. RedState Women has done similar interviews with other women and will release them in the next few weeks.

Democrats quickly responded to news about the RedState Women campaign.

Zac Petkanas, Communications Director for the Wendy Davis Campaign, released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Republicans are worried.

“After [Republican nominee for Governor] Greg Abbott alienated women voters by campaigning with an admitted sexual predator and taking a 62% pay raise while fighting against equal pay for women, it’s no wonder DC Republicans are hitting the panic button in Texas,” said Petkanas. “However, they won’t be able to cover up the clear choice voters have between Wendy Davis’ commitment to economic fairness for all hardworking Texans and Greg Abbott’s abysmal record for women.”

Ealier Wednesday, Davis held a news conference in Houston where she talked about her effort with Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) to pass the Texas Equal Pay Act. That act would’ve given women who were underpaid 180 days from their last paycheck to seek legal recourse and back pay. Current Texas law only gives women 180 days since their first paycheck to file a complaint.

That bill passed in the Texas State House and Senate before Governor Rick Perry vetoed it. Davis’ campaign was quick to point out that Abbott did not answer whether he would have signed or vetoed the legislation during an interview on Sunday. Abbott said he would enforce Texas’ current anti-discrimination law.

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