Congressman Thinks It's the 1950's & Bans 'The Misses' From Meeting

Steve SoutherlandOh good grief. Will the GOP ever learn? One Republican congressman from Florida is in some hot water over a recent fundraiser for men only. Steve Southerland hosted an intimate event last March for a "small group of concerned men," according to an invitation obtained by BuzzFeed.

The invitation, which seems to have come straight from 1953, stated that attendees should "tell the misses not to wait up" because "the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth & the issues to discuss are many."

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Just ... wow. The invitation also said, "Good men sitting around discussing & solving political & social problems over fine food & drink date back to the 12th Century with King Arthur’s Round Table."

So apparently I was wrong. The invitation wasn't from 1953, it was from 1153.

Southerland is running for re-election against Democrat Gwen Graham, who now stands a much better chance of beating the incumbent, since he is coming off like a chauvinist blockhead with his male-only whiskey and cigars party.

Campaign manager Luke Strickland has tried to brush it off, saying, "It is laughable that an issue is being made over an invitation to a private event hosted on Steve’s behalf six months ago." He said the media should be focused on Graham's advocating for Obamacare, rather than "focusing on nonsense stories about a private invitation."

I think Emily Zanotti, the Editor-in-Chief of libertarian-leaning  NakedDC.com said it best:

Dear GOP: ladies like scotch, cigars and intelligent conversation. I'd be angry you didn't invite me to your "men's only" fundraiser, except I'm sure there was no "intelligent conversation" to be found. Assholes.

Basically.

Do you think this congressman stepped in it, or was he perfectly justified in excluding women from his whiskey and cigars fundraiser?

 

Image via FL Democratic Party/Twitter

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