— by Zach Hudson, NSDP Communications Director
Remember Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate in Missouri who talked about “legitimate rape?” Akin’s comments were ignorant, insensitive, and out-of-touch. Which is why we were disappointed Nevada Republicans seem to be taking their cues on women’s health from Todd Akin.
Last week, the Republican nominee for Nevada Controller, Ron Knecht, wrote an op-ed where he essentially said new guidelines to prevent sexual assault on college campuses are an example of federal overreach. He even blamed programs to prevent sexual assault for the increase in college tuition!
Ron Knecht’s comments were moronic, but unfortunately not surprising. Whether it’s Sen. Dean Heller’s support for restricting access to contraception, Rep. Joe Heck’s votes to ban abortion for rape victims and to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, or Nevada Republican Senate Leader, and former Tom DeLay operative, Michael Roberson, supporting “personhood” measures which could outlaw forms of birth control, Nevada Republicans time and time again demonstrate they are completely clueless when it comes to women’s health.
Fortunately, Nevadans have a clear choice in the election for State Controller. While Ron Knecht is focused on criticizing programs to help sexual assault victims, Democratic nominee Andrew Martin will focus on managing the state’s finances.