Republicans spew a lot of ugliness on gay rights, guns, abortion, and other subjects too numerous to name. But they usually keep their arguments against raising the minimum wage semi-wonky. Wrong, but at least not personally nasty. Not Steve Kush, executive director of the Republican Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, though! At a county commission meeting on raising the minimum wage, Kush had this to say about a 19-year-old Working America member there to testify:
So to these New Mexico Republican leaders, raising the minimum wage—an idea with 71 percent support nationally, which 66 percent of Albuquerque voters voted to do in November, and which was passed by the New Mexico state legislature only to be vetoed by the governor—is a "radical" position. And apparently, the offense of being a young woman daring to speak out publicly in disagreement with these princes among men makes you a bitch and a whore. Way to help that whole Republican rebranding effort, guys.
1:55 PM PT: The Bernalillo County Commission did vote to raise the minimum wage for the county. But millions of hard-working Americans still need a raise. Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and tie it to inflation so workers won't have to wait years for their next raise.