Two Democrats who may be vying for incumbent Senator Pat Toomey’s seat in 2016 have spoken out against the Senator’s “obstructionism” towards the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Both Admiral Joe Sestak and Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro have voiced their dismay over Toomey’s filibustering attempts to strike down an act that would ensure equal pay for equal work for women.
“Women across the United States earn 77 cents to every dollar that men earn. This isn’t right,” said Shapiro. “Women are not second-class citizens and they deserve to earn the same amount as men for the same work.
“In Montgomery County, we recognize the importance of fairness and equity. That’s why we’ve promoted women to leadership positions across our county government who earn what their male counterparts earn and have been a key part of our turnaround. Let Senator Toomey know that he should follow our lead.
“Pennsylvania cares about equality and doing the right thing. Senator Toomey should as well.”
Shapiro has yet to officially announce that he plans to run in 2016, but the Montgomery County Commissioner reportedly has around $860 thousand on hand at the end of the fourth quarter, and his comments show the type of strong posturing that come with a run for office. He went as far as to ask his supporters to join him on Twitter to “tell Senator Toomey that women deserve paycheck fairness!”
Sestak likewise bashed Toomey for his actions, citing how the incumbent killed the Paycheck Fairness Act back in 2012 as well with his filibustering tactics.
In addition, Sestak shows how he has been an advocate for equal pay and women’s rights since as early as 2010. He cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he also introduced the Gender Equality Act during his time as a U.S. Representative.
“Joe is a passionate advocate for women and women’s reproductive rights and has a strong record of promoting and protecting women’s health,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said of Sestak back in 2010.
Unlike Shapiro, Sestak has been dropping bigger hints about his plans to run for Toomey’s seat in 2016. He began recruiting volunteers back in February and is accepting donations for his campaign.