For Immediate Release
August 26, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on Shocking and Vile Comments Made by Rep. Brian Mast
WASHINGTON, D.C — Yesterday, the Sun Sentinel released a shocking report of Rep. Brian Mast’s (FL-18) offensive and disturbing social media posts in which he jokes about rape and sex with underage girls. In response, Karen Defilippi, vice president of federal and gubernatorial campaigns at EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“Comments like Rep. Mast’s are not made purely in jest, they come from the deep-seated misogyny that plagues the Republican Party today. These comments are shocking, vile, and inexcusable, but they are not the only time Rep. Mast, who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, has deeply disrespected the women and girls he was elected to represent. Brian Mast's behavior shows he is unfit to serve in Congress and we look forward to helping elect Pam Keith in November.”
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