MNGOP Rep. Andrea Kieffer takes heat for saying pro-equality women sound like "whiners" [AUDIO]

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Rep. Andrea Kieffer
Over the weekend, the liberal Alliance for a Better Minnesota blasted Rep. Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury, for remarks she made about the Women's Economic Security Act during a House hearing last week.

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"These bills are putting us backwards in time," Kieffer said. "We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners."

Here's raw audio of Kieffer's "whiners" remark:



The Women's Economic Security Act is actually a package of measures. Information on the House of Representative's website outlines the key ones:
-- Closing the gender pay gap, requiring private businesses that contract with the state to report on pay equity within their workforce [On average, women make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to House-provided info].
-- Increasing income for working women and their families by increasing the minimum wage to $9.50.
-- Expanding access to high-quality, affordable childcare.
-- Expanding family and sick leave for working families, including paid sick and safe leave and expanding unpaid leave under the Minnesota Parental Leave Act.
-- Enhance protections for victims of domestic violence.
-- Encouraging women in non-traditional, high-wage jobs and support growth for women-owned small businesses.
In a press release, the ABM's Steph Fenner says "there's nothing 'whiny' about fair pay and economic security for Minnesota women." (ABM is circulating a petition denouncing Kieffer's remarks -- you can sign it here.)

"Demanding that women get equal pay for equal work and a fair shot in Minnesota's economy isn't whining. It's common sense," Fenner writes. "Women deserve the same economic opportunities as men, it's as simple as that."

Kieffer, who was one of four House Republicans to vote in favor of marriage equality, didn't respond to a voicemail and email seeking comment. In November, she announced she won't be seeking a third term in office, in part because she has a daughter with mitochondrial disease.

Meanwhile, the Women's Economic Security Act -- which was authored in the House by Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, the same legislator who is leading the effort to legalize medical marijuana -- is scheduled to be the subject of a House Jobs and Economic Development Committee hearing this Thursday.

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ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

BTW, this piece was in all of the national political blogs. 

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Rep. Andrea Kieffer is on the Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy and the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs. Good thing a Democrat Chairs those Committees. The real reason she is not running for reelection is because the MN Regressive Party screwed the pooch so bad the last time they ran the joint. She realizes MN Regressives will be in the minority for a really, really long time.  

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Think we're missing something, any quotes from the dumb cunt Sheila Jackson Lee? 

Really Dem minions defend her comments against what Keifer has said.

Don't hide behind the MN shield, if you're going to attack a moron at least accept you have plenty in your own party.

Tim Blase
Tim Blase

Did anyone else notice she sounds like Bachman. I live In Woodbury but proud to say she is not in my district.

Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek
Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek

Gosh what is it with the GOP do they have women in office to be their "beards" and once the men are running things the GOP Women run back home to their kitchens and crafts. Really what kind of message is this sending.

Sarah Engen
Sarah Engen

Assume the submissive position Mrs. Woodbury, I'll show you whining.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

What about equal treatment for dwarf amputees? Slippery slope is a bitch, fools.

Charles Jennings
Charles Jennings

Who let her out of the kitchen? Isn't she supposed to be barefoot and pregnant?

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@CinBlueland.........  Your mother must have raised you to use the "C" word when referring to women. She must be so proud of you. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

So you advocate rape against another woman who's beliefs you disagree with. Telling.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  Stupid bigots like you love the slippery slope argument when you have absolutely no other arguments.  Remember how you tried to use it on the gay marriage debate stupid?   Since bestiality is still illegal I'm fairly certain human beings are capable of passing a law to help fix an issue in society and not worry about the sudden crushing economic burden of dwarf amputee favoritism.    Seriously, how stupid are you?   You do realize when you say something this stupid its a slippery slope to people thinking you are the stupidest person on the planet.  


Are you so dumb you don't remember what an absolute failure the slippery slope argument was on gay marriage?    Are you so dumb you thought you'd try that failed dumb argument again.    You are stupid.  Embarrassingly stupid.  Just don't comment stupid.  

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Well......... somebody had to say it. How ever I will confess to thinking it.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @mingtran  I never used the slippery slope argument for gay marriage, I'm pro gay marriage. These issues are completely different. You're far too inferior to understand the difference so I'll explain: gay people were withheld a natural right which was guaranteed to everyone else, while this bill government mandates special privileges not guaranteed to  the other 50% of the population with a penis. Everything you have is based on lies and projection, that's why you'll always look like a fool. Remember trick, my profile is set to public and anyone that cares to can see what I've said in the past. Yours is still set to private. What. A. Bitch.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann: so mad? It's funny how much I control you. I goad you with every comment, and every return comment reveals further and further how inferior you are. Right wing websites would hate me too. If there was a Twin Cities "alt weekly" that wasn't controlled by Hoffman and Rupar, I'd def be there. It's fun coaxing you into revealing to the CP blogosphere how stupid you are and the systems/policies you support are. Keep giving me material, you inferior little butthole.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  ha ha ha ha ha ha It's funny knowing you get so mad.   I mean all you wanted to do is type some stupid sexist bullshit and the mean liberals pick on you.  I'm sorry stupid ming.   You should just fuck off back to some right wing website where all the other stupids will call you smart for your bigoted nonsense.. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

WHAT. A. PUSSY.

vitajex
vitajex

OMG, you guys! How cute is that? This thing thinks it has wits- ADORBS!!!

But to be honest, I wish you would go back to writing that Rand Paul fan fiction. That's not an insult- it really was pretty good! That one you wrote where the two of you went off on a sexy getaway to Ibiza? SUPER- erotic!!!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@vitajex  You've definitely proven your clowniness. You can't logically defend your position (as per usual with clowns) and only name call. Fail. Your attempt at humor is insulting to humor, as are your insults. You must be a masochist then you stupid clown fool. You're an inferior model and will never beat me in a game of wits.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland @MicheleBachmann @mingtran  Ming says racist things.  Ming says homophobic things.  That's why he is a racist bigot.  He's a racist for saying racist things and a bigot for saying hateful things.   Is that simple enough for you to understand?   He's also a liar who says racist homophobic things on one story then whines when called racist or homophobic on other stories.  Just like you.  

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @mingtranJust checking.. how does being anti gay equate to bigotry? Are gays the same as minorities who have been enslaved for their stature and color?

I'll admit, didn't care one way or another on the gay marriage issue. Just not sure how that's racist. Plenty of minority gun owners out there. 

Old adage, The cops are only a few minuets away.. from the threat at your door.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran   I'm sure a big Michele Bachmann supporter like you was pro gay marriage.  lol.   You are so full of shit.  You are a racist bigot.  We pay attention to what you say shit head.  You are always on the side of conservative shitty politics.  Why would we ever believe you were pro gay marriage?    You are a liar ming.  A stupid bigot liar.  

vitajex
vitajex

Would you mind just going back to eating goats, please?

You're not even a troll- you're Troll 2; you make no sense, you're poorly-made and only masochists have any interest in engaging with you.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

You mind enlightening us as to the special privileges that are being sought with this bill?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You would be confused. I bet you'd hate it if everyone got free food EXCEPT for people named "Vitajex". Projecting is for stupid clowns. Stop projecting and you won't be a stupid clown.

vitajex
vitajex

I'm confused...

You're saying dwarf amputees should NOT have equal treatment?

I also think it's fairly telling that you compare women to people with natural disadvantages.

The expression of your thought is nearly as inelegant as the thought itself.

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