Dem Accused of Waging War on Moms in Michigan Senate Race
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Republican National Committeewoman Ronna Romney McDaniel leapt to the defense of GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land in Michigan Oct. 10 after Land was ridiculed for pointing out several times during a Michigan Public Radio interview that she is a mother with children.
Land answered the first question in the 50-minute program — a caller asked what she would do about ISIS — by referring to her children.
Land criticized President Obama for a lack of action in Syria and then said, “Safety and security is a huge issue. I am out there talking to voters all the time. I’m a mom. I have two kids and people are very concerned.”
A few minutes later, Land mentioned her children again as part of her answer to a follow-up question about putting U.S. combat groups into action against ISIS.
“Again…I am a mom, I have two kids, I have a son. To put combat troops on the ground is a very serious decision,” Land said.
And her references to her children went on from there, sparking a firestorm of Twitter activity.
The tweets lampooning Land flew fast and furious, primarily from Sam Inglot, a spokesman for a left-wing group known as Progress Michigan, and from Haley Morris, the campaign spokesman for Land’s opponent in the Michigan Senate election, Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.).
Haley Morris @haleymorris “Nope. But its an odd pivot when not talking about how to address ISIS RT @hswift: Being a mother is a bad thing acd to dems #MISen #MICalling”
He followed that tweet with a series of tweets attacking Land for mentioning her parental status.
Progress Michigan @ProgressMich
.@hswift "I'm a mom" is not an answer to Qs about Ebola, military strategy or how to reduce carbon emissions. Moms are awesome. I have one.
Heather Swift, spokesman for the Land campaign, opened the Oct. 10 tele-conference by accusing the Peters campaign and Progress Michigan of waging “a sexist war against Land.”
Ayotte said she thought it was ironic to have to respond to criticism of Land proclaiming her parental status on the same day that First Lady (and First Mother) Michelle Obama was scheduled to be in Detroit campaigning for Peters.
“We admire Michelle Obama as a great mom, and we believe Michelle Obama would not condone the rhetoric that is being used against Terri Lynn Land,” Ayotte said.
“I am a mom in the U.S. Senate. We have 20 women in Senate. We don’t have enough people who have children and can bring that perspective to the U.S. Senate, who would make the world safer for children and future generations,” Ayotte added.