Today, State Assemblywoman Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D-NJ-6) and Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons called on Republican Congressional candidate Garry Cobb to renounce his support for positions that would harm the women and children of New Jersey's First Congressional District. Throughout the campaign, Cobb has adopted the far-right positions of national Republicans and sought the support of Tea Party Republicans like Allen West, who has a long history of making anti-women statements.
"If Garry Cobb wants the support of the women of the First Congressional District, then he needs to back policies that support them and their families, not toe the line of the national Republican Party" said Assemblywoman Lampitt. "From opposing a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions to wanting to get rid of the minimum wage, which supports so many women, to even criticizing an invaluable program like Head Start, Garry Cobb's positions are far outside of the mainstream and unacceptable to the women of New Jersey's First Congressional District."
Cobb has repeatedly backed far-right policies, including:
Opposing a woman's right to choose. In 2006, Cobb wrote, "it will have to be people of faith who stop the atrocity of abortion and lead a resurrection of family values to their rightful place in black communities nationwide." That same year, he also wrote, "if the leaders of the Christian church are not in favor of protecting the unborn then they need to get on their knees and seek the Lord and find out what is wrong with the fellowship between their heart and the Master." [www.ablackconservative.com]
Slamming programs that benefit woman and children. Repeatedly, Cobb has slammed critical public programs like Head Start that have helped tens of thousands of children. Head Start, created as part of the Great Society, helps children learn earlier and do better in school. The Tennessee Tribune, 12/07/06; www.ablackconservative.com]
Desiring to "put an end to" minimum wage even though 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women. . In an interview with NewsMax, Cobb stated his opposition to the minimum wage, stating, "we want to put an end to that." According to the National Women's Law Center,women "represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers. Twenty-two percent of minimum wage workers are women of color." [NewsMax, 8/9/14; National Women's Law Center, 3/28/14]
As further evidence of Cobb's far-right, anti-women agenda, Freeholder Simmons pointed to his decision to seek the endorsement of national Tea Party Republicans like Allen West. Cobb appeared with the former Congressman recently and even touted it on his campaign Facebook page.
"What kind of message does it send to the women of the First Congressional District when Garry Cobb is seeking the support of Allen West, someone who has a long history of making sexist comments about women?" asked Assemblywoman Lampitt. "We need a representative in Congress who will stand up to the far-right wing, not be a proud member of it and join its efforts to strip women and children of their rights."
In addition to opposing a woman's right to choose -- West sponsored the "Life at Conception Act." West also strenuously objected to allowing women to serve in military combat roles. West has repeatedly been caught making inflammatory and sexist statements. In April 2011, West told a conservative women's conference that liberal women "have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness -- to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That's what we need you to do. Because if you don't, then the debt will continue to grow deficits will continue to grow." [Library of Congress, accessed 11/10/11; Fox News, 6/18/13; Think Progress, 4/25/13]
Cobb also touted his recent attendance at an Americans for Prosperity conference in Dallas, Texas -- a group supported financially from the far-right Koch brothers. One of the featured conservative guests included Texas Governor Rick Perry, who wants to outlaw abortion, including in cases of rape and incest.
"Governor Perry openly opposes equal pay for women. Why does Republican Cobb flaunt his association with extremists like this? How does Cobb's radical agenda benefit South Jerseyans who are working harder than ever to stay afloat? Obviously Cobb's priorities just aren't ours," said Freeholder Simmons.
"There are just nine weeks remaining before the election," closed Freeholder Simmons. "The families of the First Congressional District need to hear from Garry Cobb that he won't support the extreme agenda of national Republicans -- that he'll support us."