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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons as he is accompanied by  Sen. John Cornyn,( R-TX)  at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
McConnell must think it's totally normal to obsess over paying women less than men
Senate Minority Mitch McConnell dismisses Democratic concerns about women getting equal pay for equal work as a "bizarre obsession":
"Instead of focusing on jobs, [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] launched into another confusing attack on the left's latest bizarre obsession," the Republican leader said on the Senate floor.
According to Mitch, the only reason Democrats scheduled a vote on legislation guaranteeing equal pay for equal work is "so they could blow a few kisses to their powerful pals on the left."

I cannot imagine why McConnell thought delivering a strange rant like that was a good idea, but if his goal is to help give the Democrats a shot not just at holding onto the senate but capturing his seat, he's doing a damn fine job. The latest evidence: A new Public Policy Polling survey showing McConnell's Democratic opponent Allison Lundergan Grimes holding a slim lead in November's election by a 45-44 margin.

According to the same poll, a majority of Kentucky voters think their state was right to accept expanded Medicaid funding, and a plurality said they would be more likely to vote for Grimes and against McConnell over the issue. Nonetheless, McConnell remains committed to repealing Obamacare—including its Medicaid expansion. Talk about a bizarre obsession.

Wed Apr 09, 2014 at  4:51 PM PT: Correction: It turns out this story was wrong. McConnell was talking about the Koch brothers, not pay equity. Unfortunately, McConnell is still opposed to pay equity legislation, however.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 11:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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