We don’t do a lot of talking about Rep. Chris Smith around here. He’s the typical white bread Republican who manages to slide through every two years due more to the sheer power of incumbency than his own merit. He hasn’t faced a re-election campaign where he did less than 61% since 1982.
Even a group that formed against him, District 4 Coalition for Change, has seemed hardened to the idea that he’ll never go away, focusing on getting the apparently risk-averse Smith to be more transparent and accountable to his district – debate more, meet with more constituents, respond more to press.
But today, we have this video from them, focusing on his dismal record representing the rights of women in his district. He really has an appalling record, which should outrage women particularly (but certainly not only). This year Smith led the 41st annual “March for Life” rally in DC, wrote HR7, HR 7 would take the which aimed to use the tax code to penalize individuals and small businesses purchasing coverage for abortion services through the ACA. As Chair of the Congressional Pro Life Caucus, Smith was influential in both the Hobby Lobby and Buffer cases ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court. And he voted Against Equal Pay for Women and VAWA which, the group points out, he didn’t mention in his newsletter. Here’s what they put together:
Smith’s opponent is lawyer Ruben Scolavino, about whom I know very, very little. I find no website for him. This is his Facebook page, with 265 likes. Well, 266, with my click. He doesn’t seem to be on Twitter.