Democrat candidates for governor Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley appear to be in a footrace to the far left as they compete for their party’s nomination. Both appear to be vying for the feminist vote and in so doing have made “free,” mandated insurance coverage of birth control central to their candidacies.
“I’m not feeling like they [Republicans] feel like I’m a full citizen when I walk into that State House,” Hassan stated on Thursday. Hassan does not work at the State House. She was turned out of office in the 2010 election.
Not to be outdone, Jackie Cilley, who was also voted out of the State Senate in 2010 by the people of her district appeared to advocate protests and mob rule.
“Our grandmothers marched in the streets and suffered untold humiliations to win us the right to have a say in governing ourselves,” said Cilley. “Ladies (and pro-equality gentlemen), it looks like it is time to take to the streets again!”
Hassan and Cilley’s position pits them against the Catholic Church and, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, the majority of Americans.
The challenge for Hassan and Cilley is to continue discussing this issue in terms that mask what it is really about. Republicans oppose government mandating that insurance companies cover birth control, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization from free because Republicans generally oppose mandates of any kind, they realize that private products are never really “free” (someone needs to pay, and in this case the costs would be padded into the premiums of other customers of the insurance company), and they respect the rights of certain religiously-affiliated employers not to violate their conscience under threat of government force.
Hassan and Cilley are playing a dangerous game by putting religious liberty in danger for the purposes of winning the Democrat nomination for governor. Voters will not be impressed.