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EMILY’s List Statement on Congressman Taylor’s Latest Sexist Comments

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2020

EMILY’s List Statement on Congressman Taylor’s Latest Sexist Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C — Former Rep. Scott Taylor (VA-02), whose 2018 campaign is still under investigation for election fraud, recently lobbed another round of sexist and unfounded attacks at Congresswoman Elaine Luria, claiming that she “overplays the female card” just months after he referred to several women veterans and former CIA officials as “girls that have national security backgrounds.” In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:

“Scott Taylor’s sexist attack against 20-year Navy veteran and Congresswoman Elaine Luria is the latest in a long, shameful history of remarks that once again prove he is unfit to represent Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Republicans talk about reaching out to women voters, but Taylor’s remarks align perfectly with his party’s culture of misogyny and intolerance. Scott Taylor should spend more time answering for the election fraud indictments in his own camp and stop disparaging the service of a veteran and accomplished congresswoman.  

Elaine Luria is a devoted public servant whose record speaks for itself: in just under two years, she has cosponsored 538 pieces of legislation and authored three bills that have been signed into law. Virginians know they deserve better than Scott Taylor, and EMILY’s List looks forward to helping them deliver that message for a second time in November.” 

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