Sen. Gilbert Baker, Republican, Conway, comes out for equal pay for equal work. Bully for him. I don’t suppose this has anything to do with the tendency of women to vote more often than men; the unacceptability of much of his core beliefs to many women voters, particularly in well-educated Conway, and the heavily female work force at some major public employers in his district. Or maybe I misunderestimate the female voters of Faulkner County.

Note to the veteran senator: Disparity of pay between men and women in state government didn’t suddenly get discovered this year.

UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder will join Baker’s Democratic opponent, Joe White, at a rally at 4:30 p.m. today at Faulkner County Democratic HQ, 805 Harkrider.

UPDATE II: White issues a news relese noting that Baker voted against the Equal Rights Amendment. It’s a pretty good nailing for Baker’s pandering. Back in 2005, Baker said he saw no need for the ERA because he could see no area where women were treated unequally.