By Ann Corcoran, August 18, 2020
So Mainer Sara Gideon, Democratic nominee for the 2020 U.S. Senate election and who, as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, blocked bills that would have outlawed female genital mutilation, is the candidate the fake Republicans of the Lincoln Project are supporting?
(See my post about how the Lincoln Project is pouring money into the Pine Tree State to defeat U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, because she “has inadequately fought back against Trump.”)
True to form, these so-called champions of women’s rights run in fear when immigrant advocacy groups generally tell them to run. Maine has a huge Somali population thanks partly to Catholic Charities, the refugee resettlement agency that has worked in the New England state for decades to diversify Maine.
Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon repeatedly killed bills to outlaw female genital mutilation during her tenure as the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. Gideon leveraged her leadership position in the Democrat-controlled legislature to kill two separate bills that would have criminalized the practice of severing the clitoris of infant girls and sewing their vaginas shut. Instead, the Democrat supported a different law that would have funneled $150,000 to her political allies to educate Mainers about the practice instead of criminalizing it, according to a former state legislator who spearheaded the push to stop the mutilation.
Under Gideon’s leadership, Maine Democrats argued that the bill was racist toward the state’s large immigrant community from Somalia, a country where the practice is “nearly universal” according to the United Nations.
Gideon’s efforts have helped make Maine one of only 12 states that have not banned female genital mutilation. Such a legacy threatens to complicate her cultivated image as a champion of women’s rights, one built on her consistent support for abortion access and the #MeToo movement.
There is much more; please read the entire article by Yuichiro Kakutani.
BTW: The MEGOP has noticed that Sara “#BelieveHer” Gideon is dead silent on the Tara Reade assault allegations against Joe Biden.
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