Thursday, October 2, 2014
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DENVER: Today, working women met to discuss their concerns about Congressman Cory Gardner’s record on issues that impact their lives.

Businesswomen gathered at local restaurant Maria Empanada owned by Lorena Cantorovici to discuss the economically crushing policies that Cory Gardner has supported in Congress. While he has tried to hide or even run from his votes, the record is clear: Cory Gardner’s positions hurt women and families in Colorado.

To watch the press conference video, click here, or listen to an audio recording here.

Business leader Patricia Barela Rivera opened the program by saying that, “Women know better than to trust Cory Gardner because he is hurting Colorado’s economy.”

Shayla Sanders, a recent graduate from the University of Denver and a working mom, said she went to school to provide a better life for her child. “I was appalled out find out that Congressman Cory Gardner voted to double student loan rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, he voted to cut spending for Pell Grants, and he eliminated student loan subsidies, making higher education less affordable for students. Women know better than to trust him to help students get ahead.”

In a recent debate and television interview, Congressman Gardner has made statements that mask his record of creating economic loopholes for corporations at the expense of Colorado families who are trying to get ahead. A recent poll found that 79% of Coloradans would be more likely to support a candidate who wants to close tax loopholes and use the money to create jobs.

“At a time when hardworking Colorado women need better paying jobs, Congressman Gardner voted against equal pay for equal work. Women know better than anyone that he has opposed pay increases. Time and time again he makes decisions that are making the American dream of working hard and getting ahead impossible for Colorado families,” said Josette Jaramillo, Pueblo resident, President of AFSCME Local 133.

Leah Capritta, an attorney and working mother of two, explained the politician’s recent pandering to women voters. “Cory Gardner thinks that, as a politician in Washington, D.C., he gets to decide the healthcare choices that we make. That just doesn’t make sense. Being able to decide how and when to have a family is not just a health issue, it’s an economic issue for women. It makes a difference. This is money out of our pockets.”

The election is less than five weeks away, and as it gets closer it is becoming clear that Colorado women will be a major factor in this election. Colorado elections are now more convenient than ever to take part in, which is particularly important for Colorado’s workingwomen. Ballots will be mailed October 14th, and all eligible voters will receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots must be dropped off at the nearest Voter Service & Polling Center in the voter’s home county or received by mail no later than 7pm on November 4th.