How does Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic champion of working women and closing the gender pay gap, feel about Ann Romney, newly-anointed champion of stay-at-home motherhood? She thinks she’s, well, mostly irrelevant.
“The election is not going to be about Ann Romney or any comments any politician has made,” Gillibrand told BuzzFeed Shift today at an event today, where she was supporting “Equal Pay Day” at New York University’s Law School. It’s going to be about the record of our president versus what the goals of Mitt Romney are. He’s a guy who says the Governor of Wisconsin is his hero, he just ended equal pay laws there.”
Gillibrand has been an outspoken advocate of equal pay for women, as the sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act and an early supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In her defense of President Obama, she’s been quick to point out that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first Act that he signed off on during his presidency, while implying that equal wages for women is not a priority for Romney”
She added: “When [women] look at how President Obama has fared in fighting for women and economic opportunity, versus what Mitt Romney’s been advocating, they will overwhelmingly support President Obama.”