Friday, August 27, 2010

Carolyn Maloney Is No Mother Teresa

I was just saying.

In The News

Styleite: Kate Spade Halle:The three-inch wedge heel starred in a New York Times article earlier this week. Reshma Saujani, a Congressional candidate, swears by them, and so do two of her campaign staff members and various women with political influence. Suajani said she got the tip from someone who works for Hillary Clinton.

The Lower Down NY: Reshma Saujani Makes Her Case For Change: The former Wall Street lawyer taking on Rep. Carolyn Maloney has had no trouble attracting mainstream media attention. But these sorts of events are arguably a lot more important to an insurgent candidate than any article in the New York Times...... After the forum, I got the chance to ask her a few additional questions, as she walked back to her apartment .... Having shaken a Maloney campaign operative videotaping her every move, Saujani also ditched the high heels (see today’s New York Times), and we were on our way..... she emphasizes her middle class upbringing, as well as centrist positions on most issues. ..... she is in favor of requiring developers to set aside 20-percent of each residential building for residents who can’t afford market rate rents. ....She does not have a policy position on the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, the 7 acre development site adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge. Saujani supports charter schools as a way of increasing innovation in education...... Saujani has made a major issue of her opponent’s rejection of multiple, televised debates. This week, both campaigns meet to discuss ground rules for their upcoming radio encounter..... In the meantime, Saujani is keeping up a busy schedule of campaign appearances. She’ll be on the Lower East Side again Thursday night. There will be a “meet and greet” at the Roots & Vines coffee shop, 409 Grand Street, at 6pm.

Jezebel: A Defense Of Writing About Female Politicians' Shoes: Reshma Saujani, who's running against Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney, and attorneyneral candidate Kathleen Rice are fans ..... Even with the meta-analysis, it's hard to shake the feeling that it all is a sexist distraction, even when done by a woman who knows how to talk the talk. This is not about some sort of gag order imposed on tiptoeing journalists. It's a small but vocal pushback in a world where until very recently, Hillary Clinton's pantsuits and "larger bottom" were considered valid subjects to debate..... We all know voters want candidates they can relate to. ("Beer summit," anyone?) But women who just magically walk around all day, every day, for hours at a time, in heels, without ever limping, complaining, or bandaging their blisters, and *never* talk about their shoes? Not relatable...... I also think it's awesome that these same women not only have pretty good taste in shoes but are also out there spending 99.9998% of their time on things of tremendous substance and significance.
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