cross-posted at dKos
As most of you know, Richard Burr was one of the 30 Republicans who voted against an amendment that would require corporations to allow sexual assault cases to go to court rather than arbitration. Well, today, his opponent, Elaine Marshall, slammed him for it.
"Senator Burr has obviously been in Washington too long," said Marshall, who is one of two Democrats who say they will challenge Burr's 2010 bid for a second term. She is also a founder of a rape crisis center. "This is a clear-cut case of right versus wrong, and Richard Burr got it wrong."
Burr also got slammed by Jon Stewart--haven't been able to find video of that yet.
Burr's defense? According to his spokesman, David Ward, it would be taking money out of contractors' pockets.
But Ward, Burr's spokesman, said the Franken amendment would not protect women from rape, but would prevent contractors from getting paid. He said that the Defense Department under President Barack Obama opposed the amendment and that such arbitration agreements are nonbinding when it comes to criminal acts such as rape. Crimes can still be prosecuted by the government.
"Unfortunately," Ward said, "the Franken amendment was a cynical attempt by the trial lawyers to eliminate arbitration agreements, which limit their fees, behind the guise of protecting women."
Oooh, those evil lawyers again. And as far as Obama opposing it--I can't verify that at present. However, I find it hard to believe Obama wouldn't be behind this--for the simple fact Michelle would likely make him sleep on the couch if he did.