Stringer and Spitzer Seek Votes of Women
By Kate Taylor
Eliot Spitzer and Scott M. Stringer are battling it out as they are opponents for the Democratic primary race. However, one key thing sticks out the most. Instead of marketing towards the average Harlem citizen, they have another strategic plan. They are looking to receive the attention and hear the voices of women. As we know, political races are seen as popularity contests. In this case, both candidates are winning over the audience’s attention with their focus on women’s rights. It seems as if this campaign season, it’s all about women only. These two men are stirring up an uproar.
Women are a crucial battleground, not only because Mr. Stringer sees Mr. Spitzer’s history of patronizing prostitutes as a vulnerability, but also because women are expected to make up about 60 percent of the voters in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.
These candidates are neck and neck in votes with supporters from different organizations. Mr. Stringer has the National Organization of Women supporting him while Mr. Spitzer has fought to protect women’s health rights including abortion rights and paid family leave. In both cases, these men sure know what they are doing to receive the votes from women in order to get their seat for the primary. I just hope that whomever wins, continues to fight for women’s rights and not let it be a publicity stunt just for a vote.
It is one thing to grab the attention of women and speak about inequality but it is another if you do not continue to fight for those rights. I am skeptical about this race. I honestly wonder, are these two men committed to this movement or is just for votes to win a race? Are women’s rights being used a pawn for popularity or is the nation really moving forward and paying attention to women? Either way, this campaign season has changed history entirely.