A press release distributed by Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign at a “Women for Team Mitch” event on Friday brags about the Senate Minority Leader’s support for the Violence Against Women Act, even though McConnell voted against the measure in 1994, 2012, and 2013.By "original" Violence Against Women Act, the McConnell team appears to mean the 1991 version, not any of the more recent iterations. When you have to go back over 20 years to come up with an anti-violence-against-women vote you've taken, you may be fudging things a wee bit; McConnell has since that time become a reliable critic on women's pay equality and other issues, or at least a reliable vote against them, so Team Mitch seems to be going with the "vote for me, I was much more reasonable 20 years ago" approach.
“Mitch was the co-sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act — and continues to advocate for stronger polices to protect women. I am proud to call him my senator,” the document quotes a voter as saying.
Joe Sonka, a staff writer for Louisville’s Alt-Weekly first tweeted a copy of the release, hinting at the contradiction and noting that McConnell didn’t address women’s issues at the event or take any questions from women.
Or, more likely, they are hoping to capitalize on voters who haven't been paying attention for over 20 years, or as Mitch calls them, his base.