August 10, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss female politician success in the primaries, the #MeToo movement and a shift within the Democratic Party.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump; Fmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Jo Ousterhout, Consultant & Strategist, Women’s Leadership; Patrice Lee Onwuka,Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Voices

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Breaking Records

Female politicians are breaking records in the Primaries.

  • Donna Edwards: “Don’t count (Stacey Abrams) out, its a red state, but a lot of people who haven’t voted before, who are mobilized- Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico, Kate Brown in Oregon, these are women who can run and win these elections.

  • Ann Stone: “Republicans have 31 governorships for a reason. We’ve been found by people in most states to be very competent as executives at the state level and it hasn’t nothing to do with (President) Trump.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “A Democrat told me a couple of weeks ago that the House districts are all gerrymandered and really, Democratic women are running- even though they got the nomination, they’re running in districts that were written by state lawmakers to elect Republicans.”

  • Jo Ousterhout: “Stacey (Abrams) appeals to independent voters. There are a lot of independent voters and white women who are moving away from (Brian) Kemp because he is far over to the right. So, I do think that she has the potential, if anybody does, in the south, she has the potential to turn this thing around.”

  • Patrice Lee Onwuka: “A lot of people don’t just vote based of the President alone, they vote based off of what is happening in their district and the issues that are important to them.”   

#MeToo Movement Fizzle?

Is the #MeToo movement losing steam?

  • Donna Edwards: “ The ultimate check on the (#MeToo movement) is going to be on the viewers and advertisers in television and film, come back with (the accused). It’s going to be voters who are going to say yes to that guy who had to step away under that controversy.”

  • Ann Stone: “If somebody had the background of being fairly, I won’t say misogynistic, but at least had that aura was not as unexpected versus the ones that always put themselves out as the paragon of virtue when it comes to women-two different things.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Why is the guy in Kentucky running for office again? Why didn’t the women of Kentucky say he’s been reprimanded by an ethics committee? Why is he still in politics?”

  • Jo Ousterhout: “People are starting to realize that (sexual harassment) is an endemic problem in society. It is not just Hollywood, it is not just media companies. It is everywhere.”

  • Patrice Lee Onwuka: “For the Hollywood women, everybody has kind of come out of the closet (about sexual harassment) - they’ve shared their experience, but is the women who- don’t have that platform there continuing to get the support they need?”


Progressive Democrats

A shift in the Democratic Party.


    • Donna Edwards: “(Rep.) Maxine (Waters) speaks to a particular energy around the Democratic Party. When you hear what Nancy Pelosi has to do, her job is to run and win in all of these districts. I think it is a different kind of challenge. What I look at is what Julie (Kohler) was discussing. What do people care about and what used to be “left” a long time ago really is not, it is mainstream.”

    • Ann Stone: “Black support for (President) Trump is rising.”

    • Bonnie Erbe: “When you stand on the floor of the Democratic convention as I have done many times you feel like a minority, there are so many people of color there. And when you stand of the floor of the Republican convention there are hardly any people of color - the vast majority are white people. The Democratic Party has it over the Republicans in that regard.”

    • Jo Ousterhout: “I agree with (Julie Kohler), people want to see a bold movement and a bold  change and I think whoever brings that, in that district will be the winner.”

    • Patrice Lee Onwuka: “The issues may be right, but the solutions that the left is bringing are wrong, particularly socialist.”

    • Julie Kohler: “I think that Maxine Waters was stepping up  into a position of rightful and appropriate critique of this administration. I think that we need to really stand behind our leaders that stand up for the values that are supposedly espoused by the Democratic party and by the larger progressive movement.”