NRSC: How many 2014 Democratic incumbents have gender pay-equity gaps?

posted at 12:41 pm on April 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, Glenn Kessler predicted that Democrats would find the 77-cent lie too irresistible to jettison. Perhaps a dose of their own medicine might cure them. The National Republican Senatorial Committee did a little research into how Senate Democrat incumbents running in 2014 do on the issue that has been tailor-made for their “war on women” campaign strategies. Five 2014 Democratic contenders for the Senate come up short — even shorter than the White House, and two of them fall below the 77-cent line:

It turns out President Obama isn’t the only hypocritical Democrat, in fact Senate Democrats have their own problems when it comes to equal pay.  We pulled the official payroll records of various offices and calculated the average pay for men and women in each office for the most recent 6 month period available. Since some employees only worked a portion of the six month period, we calculated how much each person was paid per day in order to give an accurate representation.  Here’s what we found:

  • Mark Udall pays women 91 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
  • Mary Landrieu pays women 88 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
  • Mark Begich pays women 82 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
  • Mark Warner pays women 75 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
  • Gary Peters pays women 67 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

That means on average, these five Democrats on the ballot in battleground states pay women in their office 79 cents for every dollar made by a male employee.  All Republicans support equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender or race for working families, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. Democrats, on the other hand, don’t practice what they preach.  They’re hypocrites.

Assuming this is accurate, only Landrieu and Udall even make it to the White House’s level of failure on the issue [see update below]. Warner (D-VA) pays less than the 77-cent bogus metric derided by the White House (using their same calculation), while House Democrat Gary Peters — who has declared his candidacy for the retiring Carl Levin’s Senate seat — falls a full ten cents below the national average.

The answer to this is, just as it is in the rest of the country, that men and women have different priorities and desires in the marketplace. Nia-Malika Henderson wonders when the White House will get embarrassed enough to use that in their own defense:

The White House also casts itself as a model of transparency, which is what the Paycheck Fairness Act would mandate for other employers.  Yet, it will be hard for the White House and Democrats to maintain the bully pulpit on this, given their own record, where, according to Munoz in an interview on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” women are “over-represented in entry level positions” in the White House.

Women in the same job as men in the White House do earn the same thing, yet why aren’t there more senior level women in the White House? It’s a question that has dogged this White House for some time, and is again at the forefront and finds administration officials now walking a bit of a tight rope as they try to draw a bright line with Republicans on this issue.

And now Democrats are walking that same tight rope.

Five of them are now, certainly. Nate Beeler skewers the White House on its dishonesty and hypocrisy in his editorial cartoon for the Columbus Dispatch:

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Yesterday, Ted Cruz took a shot at Obama’s “war on women” rhetoric by pointing out that the real war on women has come from Obama’s own economic policies:

“The answer is not to pass a trial lawyer bonanza,” Cruz argues, and Democrats know it won’t pass anyway. They just want political attention — but in this case, they got a little more scrutiny than they apparently expected.

Update: The NRSC updated Udall’s average to 91 cents, which I have adjusted as well as one sentence in the paragraph that follows.


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Obama is the leader of the dark red commies.
He is doing a revolution under our noses with his pen, lawlessness and with the help of the other dark red commies in the Commie Democrat Party in the House and Senate.

They have declared war on U.S. and our Constitution.

They will force a fight. Make yourselves ready. It comes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

ps
The RINO infested Republican Party will be of little help. They will kibiz from the side lines and wait for U.S. to win before they put a toe in the water.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

If hypocrisy could yell.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Nia-Malika Henderson wonders when the White House will get embarrassed enough

Um, when has this White House ever been embarrassed ‘enough’ to do anything? It is always someone else’s fault.

By the way, not a SINGLE Senate Democrat has a female COS.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The obama Labor dept. says the difference is a nickel.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Only stupid women fall for this crap.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

The Fascist-Democrats war on women continues. As does their war on Americans.

rbj on April 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

That so many women voted for obama, twice, shows how many stupid creatures there are in the land.

obama has kept minorities, women, the middle/lower classes in the gutters, unemployed, exploited for votes, dividing the land.

Wake up already. You’re all being scroomed, Forward and from all angles. He is a charlatan, who’ll exploit you always, while he/his become billionaires, on your backs.

The obamas don’t even take care of their own family.

You might have to pay for this witch/moocher’s funeral too.

Leftists, you are a laughing stock.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The democrats do not have binders full of women.

birdwatcher on April 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 19h

For every $1.00 earned by a man, OFA interns make $0.00.

davidk on April 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I’m expecting Boner to propose a law in the House to address this instead of fighting the bogus statistic

Brock Robamney on April 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

If women make less than men for doing the same job, why would a capitalist ever hire a man?

Retweets 392
Favorites 136

3:33 PM – 30 Apr 2012

davidk on April 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Click on Breitbart.

davidk on April 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

You have to actually make a dollar before it can be compared to another dollar.

IndieDogg on April 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I like this!!

Could it be that the republicans are beginning to play hardball like the democrats? Only difference is that the GOP is telling the truth and democrats lie. Democrats lie all the time, even when they do not have to.

Obama and the democrat party are really conducting a war on women, minorities, and children.

jukin3 on April 9, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’m expecting Boner to cry propose a law in the House to address this instead of fighting the bogus statistic

Brock Robamney on April 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

PatriotRider on April 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

For every dollar a woman makes the federal government steals 50 cents.

jukin3 on April 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Click on Breitbart.

davidk on April 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

What are you trying to convey?

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

If women make less than men for doing the same job, why would a capitalist ever hire a man?

Retweets 392
Favorites 136

3:33 PM – 30 Apr 2012

davidk on April 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Random thought, if more men would just go ahead and get their gender reassigned, the government could save a lot of money.

Fallon on April 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Tell the UN to fly something, not a flag.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM

This picture is fake.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM

The democrats do not have binders full of women.

birdwatcher on April 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

But are their women IN binders?
You usually have to pay extra for that…..

dentarthurdent on April 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

If women make less than men for doing the same job, why would a capitalist ever hire a man?

Proof right there that obama and his latrine-rats are not Capitalists.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I’m expecting Boner to cry propose a law in the House to address this instead of fighting the bogus statistic

Brock Robamney on April 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

PatriotRider on April 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

He used up this week’s tears yesterday at Taco Bell.

climbnjump on April 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

He used up this week’s tears yesterday at Taco Bell.

climbnjump on April 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

My gawwwwd what a wuss.
Maybe if they were screening Old Yeller or something….

At least claim you accidently got too much of the fire hot sauce or something…

dentarthurdent on April 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The bitter hag is full of crap, again.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Meltdown of obama’s genderhawks

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Genderhawks are feminist chickenhawks. They demand “equal pay” for women, practice militant identity politics based on chromosomes and purport to wage an all-out government war on gender inequity. Yet, they personally refuse to hold themselves and their lousy male bosses accountable for their own gender-based failures and delinquencies.

— Michelle Malkin

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

The most dangerous place to be is between Chuck Schumer Ted Cruz and a camera.

JQA on April 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I’m expecting Boner to propose a law in the House to address this instead of fighting the bogus statistic

Brock Robamney on April 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I’d totally do that. I’d go right to the Dems and negotiate, LIVE on TV if at all possible.

Here is what I think I’d lead the discussino with, just to get the ball rolling:

Your statistic showing 77 cents for women is a serious issue.
Seeing as it doesn’t factor in hours worked, or jobs worked, it simplifies the possible solutions; I see only three.
1) Pay every worker at every job the same, regardless of hours worked or the job in question.
2) Force women against their will to work higher paying jobs AND longer hours.
3) Ban men from working certain jobs at all, knowing that work will not be done as women choose not to do that work.

What is the Democrat approved proposal for a true fix to this problem that I can put before the House as the Democrat approved solution?

Pick one and let me know, I will schedule a vote quickly so this problem may be resolved as soon as you’ve chosen your preferred solution.

But I’m kind of a b***ard like that.

gekkobear on April 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

C’mon, give ‘em a break, the Dems got NOTHING else.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Heh “volcanic” indeed

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM