Monday, July 21, 2014 | 5:05 p.m.
The head of the Democratic National Committee bashed Republicans and rallied support for a key group of Nevada women facing tough general election opponents during a roundtable discussion with local activists at the party’s Las Vegas headquarters today.
DNC leader and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was in the company of Nevada Rep. Dina Titus, congressional hopeful Erin Bilbray and Lieutenant Governor candidate Lucy Flores.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision that limits female workers access to birth control, Wasserman-Schultz blamed Republicans for not working across the aisle and using it as fodder on the campaign trail.
“Our side of the aisle looks like America,” she said. “Their side of the aisle looks like a white-male senior citizen center.”
Wasserman-Shultz described Nevada’s upcoming general election as a battle of the sexes where women’s reproductive rights and wages are on the line. She said it is “absolutely critical” the three Democratic candidates, all of whom are facing male, Republican opponents, win election.
The DNC chairwoman comes to Nevada as two of the three candidates gear up for the heart of the general election. Bilbray is considered a long shot against Nevada Rep. Joe Heck and Flores will have to win what’s expected to be a tough fight against Gov. Brian Sandoval’s hand-picked candidate, Mark Hutchison. Titus is expected to coast to re-election.
As tough as the races may be for the two candidates, Wasserman-Schultz isn’t fazed by the obstacles.
“Our ability to organize in Nevada is unmatched,” she said. “We’ve beaten the Republicans consistently in elections in Nevada both statewide and on the ground in single member districts and we’ll do so again.”