Sen. Mark Pryor today began what the campaign is dubbing a “Women for Pryor” statewide tour. Pryor is highlighting Cotton’s votes against paycheck fairness legislation and the Violence Against Women Act (all together now: the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation to do so). Pryor was joined by his mother, the former first lady of Arkansas Barbara Pryor, at this morning’s event at the Fresco Cafe in Fayetteville. Events will be held across the state to mobilize women in support of Pryor to vote.
Press release from the Pryor campaign after the jump.
LITTLE ROCK — Today, Sen. Mark Pryor kicked off a statewide tour focusing on the stark contrast in this election between his record and Rep. Tom Cotton’s on key issues for Arkansas women and families.
Rep. Tom Cotton was the only member of Arkansas’s congressional delegation — Democrat or Republican — who voted to end the Violence Against Women Act. Speaking to supporters at Bernice Gardens in Little Rock, Pryor noted the law has cut the rate of domestic violence in half.
“Clearly he is not listening to the women of Arkansas,” Pryor said. “He is listening to the billionaires underwriting his campaign. They told him to vote against the Violence Against Women Act and that is what he did.”
Joining Pryor at the event was Bobbi McDaniel, a business owner, volunteer and advocate for victims of domestic violence. McDaniel called out Cotton for being the only Arkansan in Congress who voted to end the Violence Against Women Act.
“Even though it would have consequences, Congressman Cotton did not take the side of Arkansas,” McDaniel said. “Congressman Cotton had his chance to show us where he stands on issues that are important to women, and he turned his back.”
Former first lady of Arkansas Barbara Pryor underscored Mark Pryor’s strong support for paycheck fairness for women, who earn just $0.77 for every $1 earned by a man in Arkansas. Cotton voted against equal pay for equal work, as
“When it comes to women and their families, Congressman Cotton’s record is abysmal,” said Barbara Pryor. “He Voted against equal pay for equal work. Congressman Cotton’s obligation is not to the people of Arkansas, but to the out-of-state billionaires who think Arkansas is for sale.”
Since it’s launch, the Women for Pryor grassroots coalition has been organizing women-to-women volunteer canvasses and phone banks across the states, giving supporters a platform to speak with other women in their communities about these issues and the clear contrast between Pryor on Cotton.
“The Women for Pryor coalition is doing the grassroots work that is going to help us win,” Pryor added. “Tom Cotton has the billionaires, but I have the people of this state.”