Hoeber, Vogt Spar on Women’s Issues

The war of words in the 6th Congressional District is heating up as Amie Hoeber and Delegate David Vogt traded attacks today.

Hoeber was first out of the gate, claiming that Vogt’s campaign was attacking Hoeber for her involvement in the House of Ruth:

“I was deeply disappointed to learn that the campaign of David Vogt, one of my primary opponents, is calling voters throughout the Sixth District to disparage my lifelong advocacy for women’s advancement and opportunity.

I proudly serve as a board member for an organization, the House of Ruth Maryland, whose sole purpose is to help women and children escape abusive relationships by providing shelter and legal support. And I have long volunteered my time as a mentor to women in business, including advancing opportunities for women in the military.

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These are not political pursuits or liberal dreams. I simply believe in helping women, children and families.

Delegate Vogt’s campaign of dirty tricks and tactics is contemptible.

Does Delegate Vogt believe that women and children should remain in abusive relationships? Does he oppose the advancement of and equal opportunities for women in business and the military?

Rather than attack my accomplishments, Delegate Vogt should share his own track record on women and children and tell Marylanders how he has helped strengthen families.

I call on Delegate Vogt to immediately denounce and cease the immature, ugly tactics of his campaign. The people of Maryland deserve better. ”

There are far too many instances where women are abused by spouses and boyfriends who engage in physical violence, stalking, or worse. Hoeber’s involvement in helping to protect women from those who would commit domestic violence is noble. Yes, the House of Ruth is involved in some liberal causes, but Hoeber’s involvement in the House of Ruth is nothing to be ashamed of.

Where Hoeber’s statement loses credibility, however, is when she goes on a bit of a verbal safari trying to imply that David Vogt is anti-women. It is certainly not the first time that Hoeber and her supporters have trained to paint political opposition to her candidacy as being “anti-woman.”

Vogt responded in-kind to Hoeber’s accusations, and focused more on Hoeber’s support of abortion:

“I am pro-life, period. Amie Hoeber refuses to say the same, and 6th District voters are concerned with her record of directing the National Women’s Political Caucus, a liberal group that supports pro-choice candidates. Republicans overwhelmingly want candidates who will stand up and fight for the right to life. Amie Hoeber has instead fought for a liberal group that believes only pro-choice candidates are qualified to represent women.

I am proud of my record of supporting women and fighting for pro-life policies in the House of Delegates. I co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Women’s Late-Term Pregnancy Health Act last session. This session, I have introduced Lynette’s Law, a bill that supports and advocates for victims of sexual abuse.

During my time as a Marine, I was awarded for my work in ensuring that equal opportunity and fair treatment were instilled within the US Marine Corps and Department of Defense.

My record is clear – I have been an outspoken advocate for women and conservative pro-life policies.

I commend Amie Hoeber on her work to support women in abusive relationships. I just wish that she would be as outspoken in the fight to support pro-life policies instead of chairing liberal pro-choice groups and donating to liberal pro-abortion Democrat Martin O’Malley.”

Hoeber, as everybody knows by now, refused to answer my questions at the 6th District Congressional debate about whether or not she supported abortion, a debacle that the media had a field day with. We also covered Hoeber’s support for Martin O’Malley yesterday.

The race in the 6th is clearly engaged. Expect both sides to throw punches from here on out.

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