I came across this article on Huffington Post today that just perfectly nails Tea Party Congressman Tom Cotton's (R. AR) role as one of the biggest foot soldiers in the War On Women:


FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks at a meeting of university officials in Little Rock, Ark. Former Chief Justice Jack Holt Jr. Holt, a Democrat, filed an ethics complaint questioning Cotton's work for a management consulting firm claiming the freshman lawmaker violated House rules by not identifying any of the clients for whom he provided services in excess of $5,000. Republican Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) ORG XMIT: ARDJ102
Tom Cotton's condescending attitude toward women dates back to his college days, where in a bizarre article for the Harvard Crimson he criticized feminist organizations and female divorcees, arguing that divorced women will "slide into material indigence and emotional misery," and that a woman's worst fear in life is being left by her man.

In Congress, Cotton was a lead supporter of legislation to completely ban common forms of women's contraception. And perhaps most alarmingly, Tom Cotton is the only U.S. Senate candidate in the country who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act every chance he got - even the House Republican version.

It might surprise you to learn that Tom Cotton has acknowledged a pay gap exists between men and women in the workplace, but yet he still voted against allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act to even be considered for a vote in Congress. He actually cited the 1963 Equal Pay Act as evidence that nothing more needs to be done to ensure equal pay for women. Either Tom Cotton is living in the past, or he actually believes that nothing has changed since the 1960s.

Despite the fact that three-fourths of minimum wage earners in Arkansas are women, Tom Cotton has refused to endorse the state's 2014 ballot initiative to raise Arkansas's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour. And when it comes to women's health care, well, where do we even begin? He wants to repeal health care reform, which in Arkansas would immediately kick over 200,000 people off of their private insurance plans. For women, Cotton's reckless agenda means returning to the days when insurance companies charged Arkansas women anywhere between 21% and 55% higher premiums than men. How does Cotton counter? He argues that the Affordable Care Act hurts women disproportionally because of "Obamacare's tax on tanning salons." Seriously.

Tom Cotton is challenging Mark Pryor, Arkansas's incumbent Democratic senator whose record supporting women is, in short, glowing. Pryor co-sponsored both the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. He strongly supports raising Arkansas's minimum wage and has worked hard to ensure the ballot initiative becomes law in November. Not only did Pryor support passage of the Affordable Care Act - a politically courageous vote in a state like Arkansas - but he's actually embracing it, blitzing the television airwaves in his reelection bid with an ad that reminds viewers that, thanks to health care reform, no one can ever again be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition or have their plan cancelled when they get sick. - Huffington Post, 9/4/14

This is just a friendly reminder of how awful Tom Cotton really is and why he has to be defeated in November. Click here to get involved and donate to Senator Mark Pryor's (D. AR) campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 11:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and This Week in the War on Women.

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