Mitch McConnell, Asshole of the Day for April 23, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Mitch McConnell is running for reelection this year. And while he still has to get through a primary against Tea Party asshole Matt Bevin, he’s more focused on Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election.
And since she’s a woman, Mitch McConnell is trying to convince people that he has a good record on women’s issues. Last summer he tried to tout his support for the Violence Against Women Act, except it turns out he supported it a long time ago, but has voted against it in 1994, 2012, and 2013.
Then in November he claimed he “worked his entire career” for equal pay, but again it turns out he voted against equal pay the last 5 years.
And now he’s claiming he stood up for women in a Senate sexual harassment scandal, but it turns out he actually sabotaged it when he had the chance:
Talking about the Packwood scandal this past week, McConnell noted that he was chair of the Senate ethics committee when Packwood resigned. In a Tuesday interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, McConnell said he had taken “the toughest possible position.” The newspaper reported that McConnell had “offered himself as an example of how elected officials should handle situations when a member of their own party is accused of sexual harassment.”
But the bulk of the ethics probe against Packwood took place when the committee was chaired by a Democrat. When Republicans regained a majority in the Senate after the 1994 elections and McConnell became chair of the committee, he transformed the Packwood investigation into a partisan mess.
…With Republicans now in the majority, McConnell, as chair of the Senate ethics committee, took control of the Packwood inquiry. And the investigation suddenly slowed down. As the committee missed its projected deadline for voting on public hearings by several months, McConnell dodged questions about where the investigation stood.
In mid-May, the committee announced it had acquired sufficient evidence to hold public hearings on the allegations. Its investigation had substantiated “18 instances of kissing, grabbing, groping or propositioning women,” often by force, the New York Times reported.
It was unprecedented for such serious ethics charges not to result in public hearings. But McConnell battled to keep the ensuing proceedings against Packwood closed. With Democrats demanding public hearings, McConnell canceled an ethics committee vote on holding such hearings without explanation. In the following weeks, he allowed committee debates over whether to hold public proceedings to drag on without a vote.
Despite calls for public hearings, McConnell blocked them. And when it came up for a vote on a public hearing, McConnell filibustered. Filibustered. He does a lot of that.
Mitch McConnell played along with an investigation against a fellow Republican while he was in the minority and couldn’t really stop it. But once he had power, he sabotaged the investigation and public hearings. That’s not standing up for women; that’s standing up for the harasser.
So, for trying to rewrite his record on women’s issues, which says the opposite of what he claims, Mitch McConnell is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Mitch McConnell's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for his crocodile tears over filibuster reform even though he had exactly the opposite position when he was in the majority.
Full story: Mother Jones