Rick Hill’s Woman Problem

Rick Hill's record is anything but charmingWhile Judy Martz crisscrosses the state saying assuring voters that “there is no war on women,”  Rick Hill’s record and positions prove otherwise.

He has, shall we say, a Woman Problem.  No, I’m not talking about Hill’s affair with a cocktail waitress.   Hill has a problem with women voters because of his backward beliefs and miltant anti-woman voting record.  And if he becomes governor, there will absolutely be a war waged against women from the second floor of the State Capitol Building.

One wonders if Hill, had he knocked up his waitress, would have asked her to have the baby.

When the rest of the GOP was throwing Todd Akin off the boat (because of his nutty views about rape victims), Hill backed Akin up.  Hill is an absolutist on abortion.  No abortion,  in any circumstance including rape and incest, reported the top Montana women’s advocacy group this week.

When he’s in office, therefore, Hill will do what all Republicans do on abortion.  They can’t make abortion illegal outright, so they do it by death by a thousand cuts.  Limit funding for poor women who can’t afford to feed the children they already have; pass laws requiring ultra sounds and vaginal probes; allow sham clinics, run by religious zealots rather than doctors, to fraudulently operate in a way that draws unsuspecting women in, leaving them confused and misinformed.  Forbid any state institution from performing abortions. Publicly support anti-Roe ballot initiatives. With a solidly GOP legislature, a Governor Rick Hill would be an anti-choicer’s dreamboat.  And yet on this crucial issue, such a Governor would maintain a position that 90% of Montana voters oppose.

Hill has a problem.The new report by NARAL Pro-Choice Montana also shows that during his short time in the House, Congressman Hill cast 50 votes to restrict women’s reproductive rights.  And, when the right-wing Montana Family Foundation released its voter guide recently, only two candidates in the entire state of Montana even bothered to fill out the survey.   Hill was one of them (the other is Liz Bangerter– more on that later).

When asked whether he was opposed to abortion in all circumstances (e.g. even when a woman has been raped.) Hill refused to answer.  He also refused to answer the question about whether abortion should be prohibited except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: beware when GOP candidates don’t respond to questions during campaigns.  They will screw you once they are elected.   Here is the screenshot of the questions and here are Hill’s answers.

Hill is even on the record opposing no-fault divorce–a law all 50 states have passed. Hill would have us return to centuries past, when couples were required to assign blame or fault before they could end a marriage.  The situation was especially horrendous for victims of domestic violence trapped in abusive marriages  who were left no way out without the consent of the abuser.  Hill touts his opposition to no-fault divorce in this campaign fundraising letter (PDF).

For those that are interested, here’s a screenshot of Liz Bangerter’s answers to the Montana Family Foundation questionnaire.  Here are the questions.

 

Posted: September 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

17 thoughts on “Rick Hill’s Woman Problem

  1. Butte Gal

    How terrible that the best the Repubs could do in terms of War on Women damage control is Judy Martz. If that fact alone doesn’t tell you that the War on Women is real, I don’t know what would.

  2. Publius II

    Maybe ‘poetic justice’ will prevail as Hill’s successor cruely vilified Nancy Keenan for being single, and didn’t give a hoot about her health background and hysterectomy.

  3. lisa o'conner

    Political Briefing; Some Big Thunder In Big Sky Country
    By B. Drummond Ayres Jr
    Published: May 27, 1999

    Representative Rick Hill, a conservative Republican who is sparsely populated Montana’s sole House member, won his first two elections by fairly comfortable margins of about 10 percentage points. But his third campaign is shaping up as a much closer contest — and maybe one of the most mean-spirited in the nation.

    Mr. Hill’s only challenger so far is Nancy Keenan, a Democrat serving her third term as State School Superintendent and formerly a special-education teacher and a state representative. Ms. Keenan announced her candidacy last week, accusing Mr. Hill of being a political slave to the right and predicting that she would beat him next year because, she said, she had already demonstrated exceptional vote-pulling ability by winning three statewide races in a Republican-leaning state.

    Three days later, Mr. Hill counterattacked, saying he intended to win by focusing his campaign on Ms. Keenan’s ”life style” choices and how they might affect her work as a lawmaker, a campaign issue that most candidates assiduously avoid.

    Noting that Ms. Keenan is 47 and single, the Congressman, who is 52, twice married and the father of three adult children, told Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper that specializes in Congressional issues: ”I’m a family man. I’m a grandparent. I’m a small-business man. Nancy has never been married and obviously has no children. If you haven’t been there, you don’t know what it’s like, that life style. She’s basically been working for the government all of her life.”

    Joining Mr. Hill in the attack on Ms. Keenan, Sue Aleksich-Akey, the chairwoman of the Montana Republican Party whose husband, Larry Akey, is Mr. Hill’s Congressional chief of staff, said, ”She really doesn’t fit in with the life style of mainstream Montana.”

    Ms. Keenan called the remarks by Mr. Hill and Ms. Aleksich-Akey ”ridiculous” and said they were typical of Republicans who have a ”far-right” agenda.

    ”When they can’t defend their record,” she told Roll Call, ”they immediately hit you on the life-style slander issue. I don’t think Hill knows how to deal with a smart woman.”

    Later, on Monday, Ms. Keenan told Montana reporters that she had always wanted to have children but could not because she had been forced by health reasons to have a hysterectomy, an experience she described as ”devastating.”

    ”It changes your perspective in life, so then you adopt 150,000 kids,” she added, alluding to her 25 years of service as a teacher and State Superintendent of Schools.

    Asked if she was worried that Mr. Hill might delve into her private life in search of possibly embarrassing detail — something he has said he will not do — Ms. Keenan replied that she had nothing to hide and added: ”I’m a single woman. Period.”

    For that matter, she said, she would not make an issue of Mr. Hill’s past, a reference to the 1996 Congressional race in which reports surfaced that Mr. Hill had left his first wife after an affair with a cocktail waitress and then had engaged in an eight-year legal battle over child support. His response at the time: ”I’ve lived up to my responsibilities every step of the way.”

  4. Montana Fats

    In fairness, Martz would have likely experienced the War on Women herself, but she never did anything to deserve it.

  5. Jennifer Davies

    Hill would fit right in with the 2011 Legislature. One of their wacky bills was to force mandatory marriage counseling on victims of domestic violence before they would be allowed to get a divorce from their abuser. Rep. Tom McGillvray of Billings sponsored the bill, HB 438–which Rick Hill would have signed. http://laws.leg.mt.gov/laws11/LAW0203W$BSRV.ActionQuery?P_BLTP_BILL_TYP_CD=&P_BILL_NO=&P_BILL_DFT_NO=1816&P_CHPT_NO=&Z_ACTION=Find&P_SBJ_DESCR=&P_SBJT_SBJ_CD=&P_LST_NM1=&P_ENTY_ID_SEQ=

  6. Paul S.

    The Repubs created this problem themselves, and its too late to dig out of it–even if they were able to find some more credible spokespeople. You can’t dig out of something that’s on your official voting record. You can’t say “we don’t have a war on women” when your actions prove otherwise.

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Really, Mittens? Do you REALLY not give a damn about the forty-seven percent of people in this country who are poor and are going to vote for O’Bama? Not very Christian of you, dude. Are THESE the Mormon values that we keep hearing about? You know, the one’s where Morons are good family dudes who care about their children, community, etc.? Hmmm. Doesn’t SEEM like these are American values at ALL to me!

      Bush longingly wished that “things would be so much easier if I were just a dicktater”! Mittens and Queen Anne say that “things would be so much easier if we were just royalty”! And in a sense they are, a couples of royal asses!

      Maybe Anne should ride NEKED on her dressage horse through the middle of a busy city to protest the forty-seven percent of LEECHES in this country. HEY, you may laff and say that that is a stoopid idea. But I say this to you, do YOU have a better idea to get Mittwit’s campaign back on track?

      I thought not!

      1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

        Like Nike says, JUST DO IT! Queen Anne! on her dressage horse, NEKKED, riding through D.C., PROTESTING, the unfair assualt on the Big Kockhs of this country, casting off all modesty AND her clothes, to make the statement of just how unFAIR it is that billionaires have to pay ANY taxes when there are LEECHES out there!

        Just DO it, Queen Anne! Show the world what you got! Show them what you’re made of! Show them how you’ll have to dress if the LEECHES take away all your clothes!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhRj_DaqCxQ

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