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The Democrats “GOP War On Women” rallying cry got a major lift from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today, with the news that the Republican darling repealed a Wisconsin law that made it easier for women to fight wage discrimination.The Huffington Post reports that Walker quietly overturned Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act last night, bowing to pressure from the state’s Republican lawmakers. The equal pay law was designed to deter wage discrimination by making it easier for workers to press charges against their employers.
Walker, who is facing a recall election over his support for Wisconsin’s controversial anti-union bill, has become a favourite among Republican party leaders. GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney praised the Governor repeatedly during campaign stops in Wisconsin last week, and even pitched in to phonebank for Walker’s recall campaign.
But Walker’s decision to overturn the equal pay law could put the GOP in an awkward position as the party tries to convince female voters that Republicans are not making a collective effort to roll back women’s rights.
The Obama campaign has already seized the issue, making it clear that they will try to tie Romney to Walker’s decision to overturn the law.
Here’s a statement from Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith:
“As he campaigned across Wisconsin, Mitt Romney repeatedly praised Governor Scott Walker’s leadership, calling him a ‘hero’ and ‘a man of courage.’ But with his signing yesterday of a bill [making] it harder for women to enforce in court their right to equal pay, Walker showed how far Republicans are willing to go to undermine not only women’s health care, but also their economic security. Mitt Romney has repeatedly dismissed the effect of Republican efforts to roll back access to contraception and other health care services, on the women’s vote, saying that he would appeal to women by talking about their economic concerns. If this is the case does Romney think women should have [the] ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?”
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