Palin effect leads to record number of GOP women candidates for Congress

Washington Post:

Nearly two years after Sarah Palin became the Republican Party's first female nominee for vice president, record numbers of Republican women are running for House seats, driving the overall count of women running for both the House and the Senate to a new high.


The jump in female GOP candidates mirrors the enthusiasm of Republicans in general, said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who leads efforts to recruit female candidates for the NRCC. "I just think overall candidate recruitment is going well for the Republicans after two cycles where it's been more difficult for us."


"I think there could be some surprises this year," said McMorris Rodgers. Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Jan Larimer, who also heads its women's program, attributed the increase to anger over Democratic domestic policy priorities: "The policies of the Obama administration and a Congress led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have energized women to fight back. First, they were afraid and now they are angry about health care, their jobs, how to pay for their children's education."

And the example of Palin certainly didn't hurt. Women "are giving the GOP a second look and realizing that our policies, principles and vision make sense and work for their families," she said.


Texas has had many strong GOP women candidates for several years particularly in judicial races. I am glad to see more women energized to run against the evils of liberalism. Who knew Obama would be so inspirational?


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