A Republican women’s organization blasted New Jersey Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci who told Republicans not to donate to Rosemary Becchi’s congressional campaign.
In a joint statement, Jennifer Pierotti Lim and Meghan Milloy, co-founders and executive directors of Republican Women for Progress and Ariel Hill-Davis, the group’s Policy Director, and Kodiak Hill-Davis, its Political Director, warned Republicans were ignoring their own advice on women candidates.
“It’s embarrassing for Palatucci and the rest of the party leadership that we can’t even listen to our own advice on outreach to women. Changing demographics in the country and the GOP’s continued active dismissal of women and minorities are incompatible with future success,” the four said in a joint statement. “If the party is going to compete in the future, we need more women like Rosemary in the halls of Congress – women with real world experience that actually want to work for the betterment of their constituents.”
On Thursday, Insider NJ reported Palatucci was emailing Republicans telling them not to donate to Becchi’s campaign.
Becchi, who brought in just shy of $390,000 by the end of 2019’s third quarter — including $130,000 of her own money — is running against State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean for the Republican nod. Kean raised close to $1 million for his race against Malinowski.
Palatucci reportedly wants that gap to grow wider, and the Republican women’s organization doesn’t appreciate it.
“Just a few short months ago, leadership again swore the party was committed to running and supporting more women. Oh, how quickly we forget. Right now there are 21 members of Congress named John, but only 21 TOTAL Republican women serving in the House and Senate. That is not ok,” the women said. “What’s even worse, is that men in Republican leadership are now actively bullying the women who are stepping up to run for office.”
The vast majority of Republican office holders are men. Since State Sen. Dawn Addiego defected from the GOP in January, the party has only one women in the legislature’s upper chamber and only five in the Assembly.
No Republican women hold congressional office in New Jersey, though the GOP lost all but one of its New Jersey House seats in 2018.
“If we want to see the GOP crash and burn, then by all means, continue relying on cronyism and the old boys club rather than supporting strong women,” the women said. “These attempts to bully qualified female candidates out of the field must end.”