FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2012
CONTACT: Juan Garcia
Women’s Campaign Fund President/CEO Sam Bennett's Response to U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe’s Decision Not to Seek Reelection in 2012
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today WCF President/CEO Siobhan “Sam” Bennett expressed profound disappointment that U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe's (R-ME) announcement that she will not seek reelection in 2012. Snowe cited the “atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies” in Congress as one of the main reasons behind her decision.
“What does this say about the current political environment when a venerable moderate like Senator Snowe, who became the first woman in history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and then both chambers of Congress, has been driven out by a culture of hyperpartisanship and one-upmanship?” asked Bennett. “Olympia is tired of being one of the few people in Congress willing to reach across the aisle to get things done. And frankly, so are we. We need to silence the extreme voices dominating Congress and replace them with women who are ready to get the job done.”
Women like Snowe are a rarity in politics today, which only goes to show how critical it is to get more women running for office. It’s proven that women politicians are more likely to collaborate than their male counterparts, and collaboration is precisely what this country needs today. Come January, Snowe’s voice will be sorely missed on Capitol Hill.
“We need more Olympias and Susans, more Kirstens and Claires. We need more women who are willing to, heaven forbid, work with members of the opposite party to get the people’s work done,” continued Bennett. “We need more women who are willing to stand up to extremists hell-bent on systematically dismantling women’s access to reproductive choices and options.”
The Women’s Campaign Fund is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of women in elected office who support reproductive health choices for all.