MADISON – On a press call this morning, Mitt Romney’s campaign was asked if Mitt Romney supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Their response to the question was, “We’ll get back to you on that.” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement on the Romney campaign’s initial failure to take a position on pay equity for women.
“The first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which goes to the heart of the equal pay issue, giving women the power to challenge discrimination where they work. The President did not waffle on this issue, his position on this issue is simple: equal pay for equal work.
“The Romney Campaign couldn’t answer a basic question on whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and now won’t answer whether he supports his hero, Scott Walker, in eliminating pay equity protections for Wisconsin women, veterans, seniors and disabled workers. Romney’s continued silence on Scott Walker’s anti-family legislation removes any possibility that Mitt Romney would stand up for Wisconsin women and make a commitment to restoring middle class security. If women earn less, Wisconsin families are worse off.
“If Mitt Romney’s position on this basic question of economic fairness is uncertain, how can the people of Wisconsin take him seriously on the most pressing issues facing our country: Ensuring hard work and responsibility is rewarded, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules.
“We already know that Mitt Romney agrees with Scott Walker that we should turn back the clock on women’s health care. Romney’s refusal to stand up for pay equity in Wisconsin is one more reason Wisconsin women won’t buy Romney’s attempts to etch-a-sketch his extreme positions away.”