What’s the big deal with having a woman chair? We’ve had six of them.
That was the message of Laura Ali, who, as noted, is the sixth female to head the Morris County Republican Committee, in response to county Dems naming Amalia Duarte Monday night as their first woman chair.
“I’d like to congratulate Amalia Duarte on her election,” Ali said in a release shortly after the Dems’ convention. But then she added that it took Morris Democrats 45 years to catch up to local Republicans.
“As you can see from our dedication to women leaders, we are not the party of buzzwords and wokeness,” Ali continued. “We practice what we preach in leading with Republican policies that give women medical freedom, job opportunity, low taxes and independence.
“We certainly are not the party that would cause moms to stress and worry about having enough infant formula to feed their babies because the shelves at the grocery stores are barren. Today’s reality for women and men alike is Joe Biden’s and Phil Murphy’s America which Republicans stand in contrast to.”
Joe Biden is against infant formula? Who knew?
One has to applaud Republicans for being snide, but also a bit funny at the same time.
The release quotes Sen. Anthony M. Bucco talking about the party electing women leaders as far back as the 1970’s.
The most prominent women Republican leader in Morris was probably the late Joan Bramhall, who moved on from party chair to serve as freeholder and county clerk.
Assemblyman Jay Webber also weighs in.
“The decades-long strength of Morris County Republicans can be traced in large part to our exceptional Leaders — Chairwomen like Marilyn Cioffi, Patti Page, and now Laura Ali,” he says. “Leaders who stepped forward and earned the support of rank-and-file Republicans. Leaders who then exercised that party power with honesty, devotion to Republican principles, and eagle eyes toward winning elections for the GOP.”
Democrats may find Webber’s comments a bit amusing. As Dems like to point out,
Webber has voted against “equal pay for equal work” legislation in Trenton. He has argued that he supports the concept and that the legislation wasn’t needed.
The release also notes that there are four female Republican legislators representing at least parts of Morris County – Sen. Kristin Corrado and Assemblywomen Aura Dunn, Michele Matsioudis and Nancy Munoz.
An honest observer must point out that a year ago, the county was represented by another woman, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce.
But she lost the party’s endorsement last year and subsequently, the Republican primary to Christian Barranco, who ended up running with Webber.