Former Massachusetts Republican Party Executive Director Beth Lindstrom is seeking her party’s nomination to take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in November, and she thinks she can unseat her. Her reasoning: men find Warren’s voice irritating.
Lindstrom, who was a cabinet secretary during Mitt Romney’s (R) lone term as governor, joined Fox & Friends on Thursday. There, she said that Warren (who enjoyed a 54 percent approval rating as of January), is disliked, especially by men.
“Truly, when I’m out across the state, women say… they just hug me and say, ‘Thank you for running. We have got to get rid of her. She does not have the same values.’ Men, three times a week they’ll say, ‘It’s like nails on a chalk board,’ truly.” she said.
Asked what issues were most important to her, Lindstrom responded tersely by mentioning “the economy,” before immediately returning to her sexist argument that men dislike Warren. “It’s truly, in Massachusetts, when she won in 2012, Obama won by 23 percent of the vote. She won by 7. So she’s a flawed candidate. But she did win the women’s vote by 20 percent.”
It is Lindstrom’s logic that is flawed. President Obama easily re-won Massachusetts over her former boss Romney, who had left the governorship with just a 34 percent approval rating after traveling around the country bashing his then-home state. Romney did not seriously contest Massachusetts and is currently seeking a Senate seat in Utah. Warren, who had never held elected office before, defeated an incumbent U.S. Senator in what the Washington Post dubbed “the most closely watched Senate race in the country.”
After suggesting that that gender gap in Warren’s 2012 victory over Scott Brown would make her a stronger candidate than the man she is running against for the 2018 GOP primary, Lindstrom then urged voters not to vote for her based on gender. “Don’t vote for me because I’m a woman. Vote for me because I’m qualified. Because of my background, where I stand on issues.”
Like, apparently, “the economy.”