Sunday, January 31, 2010

Will Crist, Rubio Meet Answer On Equal Pay?

From FDP:

Or Will They Continue Dodge and Weave on Pocketbook Issues?

Tallahassee, FL - On the one-year anniversary of Congress passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act to require equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, age, race, religion, or national origin, Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist are oddly silent. Would they have supported or opposed the landmark equal-pay legislation had they been in Congress?

"Floridians deserve equal pay for equal work. And the people of our state deserve to know if those who wish to represent us support or oppose equal pay for equal work," Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff said. "How would Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have voted?"

In January 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed Congress with the support of Senator Bill Nelson and despite the opposition of former Republican Senator Mel Martinez.

"Facing a roomful of reporters Wednesday, Florida's Republican candidates for U.S. Senate offered a glimpse of what's ahead in their campaigns when the heat is on: dodge and weave," Reported one newspaper earlier this week in a story headlined, "Rubio, Crist practice dodge, weave with reporters." [Times/Herald,, 1/28/10]

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