Republican legislators in Michigan tried to prove they understand women by showing that they read women’s magazines. The result wasn’t what the lawmakers had hoped for.
On Thursday, Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Jake Neher tweeted a picture of state Reps. Roger Victory, Peter Pettalia and Ben Glardon reading Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar.
“Don’t say we don’t understand women,” Pettalia said, jokingly, according to Neher.
— Jake Neher (@GJNeher) June 5, 2014
According to Neher, Pettalia said it a few times.
Pettalia later said that the joke was taken out of context.
“During a short break on the House floor, Republican Rep. Gail Haines, a leading advocate on women’s issues in the Legislature, gave some of us magazines to read and asked to take our photo with them,” Petallia said in a statement.
Democrats in the Michigan legislature pounced though. The Michigan House Democrats’ twitter account tweeted a picture of a number of lawmakers reading legislation rather than magazines.
— MI House Democrats (@MIHouseDems) June 5, 2014
Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer (D) also weighed in.
— Mark Schauer (@MarkSchauer) June 5, 2014
Republicans in Michigan have struggled on gender issues. Earlier in the year former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), who’s running for U.S. Senate, released an ad arguing she understands women’s issues because she is a woman. That ad followed video footage surfacing of Land saying that women prefer flexibility in a job over salary.