March 28, 2018
Former Secretary Clinton:
We are writing you to express our disappointment in your recent comments regarding women voters that were most unhelpful and, frankly, insulting.
The votes we women cast here in Maine are not determined by our husbands, our fathers, or our sons. We determine them. We are Republicans because we believe in strong Maine families, economics that lead to prosperity instead of misery, and a strong national defense that will keep our country safe.
Republican values are not male or female—they are American. Further, Maine Republicans have led the nation in electing women to high office. You may recall that one of America’s early female Senators, Republican Margaret Chase Smith, was from Maine. We also repeatedly elected past Republican colleagues of yours to the U.S. Senate—former Senator Olympia J. Snowe and current Senator Susan M. Collins. Do you believe these great leaders were forced by men to be Republicans?
Sadly, you have blamed one outside force or another for your loss in 2016. In truth, there is nothing and no one to blame but your campaign and yourself.
Suggesting we women are dictated how to vote by men is deeply offensive. We are strong, independent women in Maine, and your suggesting otherwise only shows one of the many reasons so many women did not find you to be a compelling candidate.
We sincerely hope you learn from your mistakes and learn to have more respect for our gender. It is sorely needed.
Maine Republican Party
Androscoggin County Republican Committee
Sagadahoc County Republican Committee
York County Republican Committee
Aroostook County Republican Committee
Laura B. Parker
Kennebec County Republican Committee
Cumberland County Republican Committee
York County State Committeewoman
Anne M. Page
At-large State Republican Committee
School Board Chair and Candidate for House Seat #108
Mary Kay Santoro
Cathy Lynn Bryant
Leslie T. Dubois
Candidate for Maine House District 60 and former Lewiston City Councilor
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