The "I Was Raped Too!" Election Scandal [Corrected]
|Benacquisto's new ad comes days before the election.|
The contest in District 27 is between Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Wellington) and Kevin Rader (D-Delray Beach). And this week, Benacquisto and a female Rader supporter began competing for the title of Most Sympathetic Rape Victim.
Somewhere, Susan B. Anthony is pouring herself a very stiff cocktail.
Here's how it went down: A Rader campaign ad
Not to be outdone, Rader supporter Tracy Pafford -- who is the wife of state Rep. Mark Pafford -- came forward to say she was raped as a teenager and had an abortion. And she was "extremely offended" by Benacquisto's commercial.
Call me old-fashioned, but wouldn't most women be nauseated by a political candidate who uses rape to win votes -- for either side?
Outside of election season, rape victims are regularly shunned and shamed into silence. Those who seek abortions because their father or uncle or family friend attacked them don't have the luxury of TV cameras and political donors supporting them. They must have watched Benacquisto's slick confession -- and Pafford's response -- and felt their stomachs lurch.
If female pols can now use rape as a tool to get elected, what was the point of all that marching and bra-burning our mothers and grandmothers did? May as well stay home and let the men do the politicking. At least it wouldn't feel like such a betrayal.