Harpers Ferry, WV – Today, a group of women from across West Virginia sent a letter to Congressman Evan Jenkins and Don Blankenship, condemning their repeated attacks on Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s wife in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.
The 100-plus women include elected officials and Republican and conservative activists from across the state. The women urged Rep. Jenkins and Mr. Blankenship to apologize to Mrs. Morrisey and to keep the political attacks focused on the Senate candidates on the ballot. They also argued that inappropriate attacks are an insult to women and unbecoming of a U.S. Senate candidate.
A copy of the letter is below.
Congressman Evan Jenkins
P.O. Box 727
Huntington, WV 25711
Mr. Don Blankenship
3010 Parchment Ct.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Dear Congressman Jenkins and Mr. Blankenship:
We write to you as proud Republicans, West Virginians, and women.
As active Republican women, we are no stranger to the heated nature of political campaigns, but this passion should be directed at the candidates on the ballot, not their family members.
As women who have worked hard to build our own careers, we are extremely disappointed by your recent attacks on Patrick Morrisey’s wife – who is not currently and has never been a candidate for office.
To be sure, Mr. Morrisey’s positions and time in public office are fair game, but Mrs. Morrisey’s career and her political opinions should be off the table. Of course, we would expect the same basic courtesy from Mr. Morrisey vis a vis your family. It would be just as ludicrous and offensive for Mr. Morrisey to research your family members’ background, jobs, or political positions and lob attacks at them.
The Republican Party is often accused of being unfriendly towards women, and it is exactly attacks like these that push women away from our party.
As strong and independent women ourselves, we want to be judged by our own records, not by our husbands’. As mothers, we encourage our daughters and other young girls to pursue careers they are passionate about. We teach them that hard work and commitment will be rewarded, that they will be judged on their own merits. Don’t you agree?
Senator Patricia Rucker (Jefferson-16)
Delegate Dianna Graves (Kanawha-38)
Delegate Jill Upson (Jefferson-65)
Patti Adams, Upshur County GOP Chair
Betsy Plumer, Hampshire County prosecutor
Commissioner Elaine Mauck (Berkeley County)
Betty DeHaven, President of Concerned Women of America, Martinsburg Chapter
Carrissa Sellards, WVFCR Second Congressional Vice Chair
Pamela Bonar Dillion
Michelle Graves Carpenter
Mary Ann Head
Viola G. Johnson
Renee Ayala Jones-Wagner
Billie C Sipes