BY WESLEY P. HESTER
For two days, Democrats have hammered on Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen for his position on The Paycheck Fairness Act before congress, a bill introduced by five female senators to update the Equal Pay Act signed into law a half-century ago.
The Democratic Party of Virginia held a conference call Thursday blasting Allen for not having taken a position on the bill, which many Republicans claim is unnecessary because of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which is already law.
State Sen. Louise Lucas and former Virginia Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner took turns blasting Allen’s record Thursday and lauding Democratic nominee Timothy M. Kaine for his support of the legislation.
Democrats are hoping to maintain their current advantage with female voters by prolonging the so-called “War on Women” they claim Republicans have been waging for months.
Now, Allen has answered Democrats’ call. Sort of.
“There is no question George Allen supports pay equality for women and will stand as the strongest advocate for women struggling to keep their businesses and households afloat under the failed economic policies Tim Kaine championed in Washington,” said Emily Davis, a spokeswoman for Allen.