Washington State Republican chairwoman Susan Hutchison claims that the $20,000 reduction of her salary from that of her male predecessor “play[s] into the ‘war on women’ narrative [used] against Republicans.”
According to a memo she sent to the state GOP executive board, when she tried to convince the state party to return her pay to the $95,000 earned by Kirby Wilbur, the conversation turned “ugly.”
Hutchison argued that the vote to reduce her salary had violated party bylaws, but more importantly, would seem “discriminatory and vindictive,” especially given the party’s recent problems with female voters.
“Please, for the sake of the Party, put this issue to rest and don’t let it fester going forward,” she wrote. “I particularly don’t want persons outside the party to hear about the quibbling as it will undermine our fundraising efforts among major donors.”
Fellow Republicans toldThe Seattle Times that many within the party were upset that Hutchison even mentioned “the ‘war on women’ meme” in her memo.
“There is no war on women,” once source told the Times.
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