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A #MeToo PAC launched to hold candidates accountable

Committee to raise funds against politicians who have a 'poor track record' on sexual violence

Days after the campaign to recall Aaron Persky successfully unseated the Santa Clara County judge this summer, the group of women who led the recall decided what they would tackle next: politicians across the country who have not stood firmly against violence against women.

They decided to form a political action committee to target local and state elected officials and candidates who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct or have expressed views contrary to women's rights. (They recalled Persky for what they saw as an unjust and lenient sentence for former Stanford University student Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault.) They wanted to harness the energy of the recall campaign, which chair Michele Dauber said motivated voters — especially young women, people of color and low-income voters — to have a nationwide impact.

"The point of the PAC is to make violence against women a voting issue," said Dauber, a Stanford University law professor and now chair of the Enough is Enough Voter Project. "We need to find a way to get information at an early stage to voters, to make sure voters are fully informed and give them an opportunity to hold candidates accountable for their views on sexual violence."

The political action committee was inspired in part by research on the political implications of the #MeToo movement, Dauber said. Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster, found millennial women are likely to vote against candidates who have been accused of sexual misconduct or do not take sexual violence seriously.

The committee's launch coincides with a riveting example playing out on the national stage, as Judge Brett Kavanuagh's Supreme Court nomination hangs in the balance after Palo Alto professor Christine Blasey Ford testified that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

The political action committee's focus will remain on hyperlocal and state legislative races, Dauber said, conducting research, providing public information and fundraising against politicians who have a "poor track record" on sexual violence.

The committee is focusing on five candidates for 2018, all Republicans, including Steve Von Loor, a North Carolina Republican Congressional nominee who has been accused of domestic violence; Minnesota Congressman Jason Lewis, who is running for re-election and has made demeaning statements about women; and David Byrd, a Republican incumbent state representative in Tennessee who has been accused of sexually abusing his former high school basketball players.

The committee is eyeing Democrats for the next primary, Dauber said.

She said they're being selective in which candidates to highlight, choosing races in which there is a better option for voters — a candidate who has a record of respecting women's rights. For candidates who have been accused of sexual misconduct, they're also taking into account the credibility of the allegations, requiring that they have been vetted by an independent body, whether it be the courts or a "very credible piece of investigative journalism," Dauber said.

The Enough is Enough project website invites voters to report local candidates and elected officials by sending links and documents for the committee to review. The committee will not be conducting its own investigations into allegations, Dauber said.

The committee hopes to raise a minimum of $250,000 by the Nov. 6 election.

"Women are 51 percent of registered voters in this country," Dauber said. "We really do not have to accept a institution in which this kind of harm is not taken seriously."


The women who organized the judicial recall with Dauber are now leading the Enough is Enough Voter Project. The group is also working with Women's March Sister Network, Feminist Majority, Orchard City Indivisible and Joseph Trippi, a Democratic political strategist who was chief media strategist for the candidate who beat out Roy Moore, accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, in an Alabama Senate race last year.

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34 people like this
Posted by Target-Repblicans-Not-Democrats
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Interesting that all of those targeted for elimination are Republicans.

Keith Ellison, a high-ranking member of the Democrat Party does not seem to be on this group's radar:

Keith Ellison Accused of Domestic Violence
Web Link

Of course, why would a group formed to advance the Democrat agenda ever target one of their own?


44 people like this
Posted by Enough
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm

I am a woman. I am a 'feminist' depending on how you define the word. I had an extremely successful career with a Fortune 100 company for many years. I saw the "good old boy" network....I worked it, I managed it, I got around it.

I am concerned about the current environment wth women's rights, sexual assault accusations, equal pay, all those things. I firmly believe we need to continue to call for equality in these areas and we need to come out about sexual assaults. But beware the extremes of these issues. I fear these radical attempts will set back women's rights accomplishments decades.

Fight the fight but not through accusation. Fight it by showing our value, showing our fortitude and ability to contribute, show it by making ourselves irreplacable in the work place. I cannot tell you how many friends I have in senior management who are looking to older "back-to-work" women for their open positions. They tell me this demographic is proving to be excellent for the work force. They're strong with time management, multi-tasking, interpersonal skills, negotiations. I truly hope some of these accusations and demands by radical groups don't take away from all we built, all the opportunities we opened up. I fear that many men may become hesitant to hire women for fear of accusations.


26 people like this
Posted by Crossing Party Lines
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm

> Interesting that all of those targeted for elimination are Republicans.

Because in many cases, Democrats are above certain lowly and puerile actions. In areas of question (i.e. Clinton/Lewinsky) there was mutual CONSENT between two participating adults.

Only after the Republicans have learned to overcome and acknowledge their pervasive hypocrisies, will people begin to take take them more seriously.

Until then, they will remain the party of sanctimony.


18 people like this
Posted by Make America GREAT again
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

"Keith Ellison, a high-ranking member of the Democrat Party does not seem to be on this group's radar"

Ellison's accuser has claimed over and over to have video evidence. She then gave three different stories as to why she was unable to produce the video (in storage, on a usb drive, etc..) and never produced her evidence.

If Ellison is the best ya got, then ya ain't got nuthin'...

Anyone bringing up Ellison is just copy and pasting from Brietbart and Alex Jones, ie... worthless noise to deflect rather than address important issues.


20 people like this
Posted by wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 1, 2018 at 6:52 pm

Dauber is a piece of work! I'm sure she is creating all this noise because he/she/them, will be running for office sometime soon and is creating a platform to run on.


2 people like this
Posted by High ranksq
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 1, 2018 at 7:25 pm

"a high-ranking member of the Democrat Party"

How about that Trump guy? Dozens of victims, untold number of payoffs to pornos and other sex workers; isn't he high ranking enough for ya?


16 people like this
Posted by R.Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm

QUOTE: How about that Trump guy? Dozens of victims, untold number of payoffs to pornos and other sex workers;

*picturing the POTUS putting on a CD by James Brown. As it plays in the background, he reflects...*

"This is a man's world." (slow beat)
"This is a man's world." (slow beat)
"But it wouldn't be nothing..." (violins)
"Nothing... without a woman or a girl."


6 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2018 at 8:33 pm

I am no expert, but from the hearsay of both men and women in the 70s, 80s, 90s, I would strongly suggest that sexual activity took part a great deal in the hiring, promotions and deal clinching between men and women in business and other types of professional (and not so professional) capacities and I would venture to go further and say that women were willing participants to this sexual activity possibly even the protagonists.

It is very easy with hindsight for a woman to say that she felt it was necessary to further her career or to get the deal done or even to be the winning the contract. However, it was a different era and sex was used to sell and promote everything, from cars and auto accessories (through calendars, etc.) to board room deals and political (with a small p) appointments. The world worked with an unwritten sexual code and although it was possible to succeed without it, sexual activity was part and parcel of life.

For this reason, I would say that there are probably very few successful male and female professionals over the age of 45 who did not partake or witness such events.

I suspect the lawyers are going to get a Bonanza from all these cases and media is going to drop to an all type gutter.


49 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm

@Resident - I've been a business person for 35 years, all over the US. I never saw or partook in anything like you describe or suggest. The idea that exchange of sexual favors was a common and consensual part of "doing business" or "getting ahead" is completely foreign to me and frankly disgusting.


22 people like this
Posted by Derek Logue of OnceFallen
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2018 at 12:10 am

[Portion removed.] MeToo is a cult. Just like any other religious group, MeToo has their mantras and dogmas, and to question their believes is pure heresy and blasphemy. Facts and science that contradicts their believes is anathema. It values feelings over facts. Their tenets are based on faith rather than reason.


7 people like this
Posted by Hypocrites
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2018 at 9:48 am

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2 people like this
Posted by TheVoiceofGod
a resident of Community Center
on Oct 2, 2018 at 10:23 am

TheVoiceofGod is a registered user.

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4 people like this
Posted by ys
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 2, 2018 at 10:25 am

Without getting into whether I agree or not with the detailed strategy, I wanted to comment about the "We are 51%". I'm a man and a husband and this is not just women's fight so 'you' are more than 51%.


15 people like this
Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2018 at 10:35 am

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

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11 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2018 at 10:50 am

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9 people like this
Posted by News of the Day
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm

OK I suppose...providing the movement doesn't amount to a witch hunt based on innuendos and unproven allegations.


8 people like this
Posted by Room With a View
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm

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7 people like this
Posted by Hypocrites
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm

^ Blasey Ford could not come up with proof. But you belive her no matter what.........

Pot meet Kettle


8 people like this
Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

@ Hypocrites.....when liberals are accused of rape, like Bill Clinton, or sexual assault, like Bill Clinton on multiple occasions, as well as many other democrat politicians and celebrities, the left screams "right wing conspiracy" or ignores the allegations.

When a conservative is accused of sexual assault without any corroboration, he is guilty and the accuser is to be believed without reservation or any consideration for facts, truth or the lack thereof.

Dr. Ford came across as credible during her testimony, but there was hesitation and a lack of certainty regarding her recollection of the events surrounding her allegations. [Portion removed due to factual misstatements.]

Judge Kavanaugh also came across as credible with his denial of the allegation but did fall into a trap designed to focus on "beer" and the painting of him by democrats as a drunken frat boy.

Dianne Feinstein was complicit in withholding information given to her by Dr. Ford regarding the allegation, despite her desire for anonymity and timed the release/leak of it to throw the whole process into a frenzy, when she could have simply handled the charges privately six weeks earlier, an investigation could have been done and Dr.Ford would have not had to endure the stress of everything she has gone through surrounding this circus. It'sad that she was thrown under the bus for political gain.

So the FBI will get testimony from the individuals named and present the information to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If there's no substantiation of Dr. Ford's claim he will most likely be appointed to the Supreme Court, much to the dismay of Senate Democrats and Ford supporters.

Sadly, Judge Kavanuagh will have this cloud over his head for the rest of his life and the effects on his family may last a lifetime as well.


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