Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz apologized today for her criticisms of Gov. Scott Walker’s policies, which she compared to him “giving women the back of his hand.”
The national Democratic leader faced criticism after she described Walker as “giving women the back of his hand” and “grabbing [women] by the hair and pulling us back” during a women’s convention in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said today she regrets using words that she “shouldn’t have,” although she said her word choice should not lessen her view that Walker’s policies have hurt women.
“Whether it’s mandating ultrasounds, repealing an equal pay law, or rejecting federal funding for preventative health care, Walker’s record speaks for itself,” Schultz said in a statement.
State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, called Wasserman Schultz’s comments “insensitive” and “beyond uncalled for.”
“These over-the-top remarks have no place in political discourse,” Vukmir said in a statement. “Shame on her for trying to gain political points at the expense of victims of abuse. She is using victims of domestic violence as political pawns.”
Vukmir and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also both called on Mary Burke, who’s running against Walker, to denounce Wasserman Schultz’s comments, saying the Burke campaign reaction wasn’t enough.
“That’s not the type of language that Mary Burke would use, or has used, to point out the clear differences in this contest,” Burke spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.