GOP anti-abortion activist Karen Handel angrily quits Komen, contradicts CEO Brinker

Good riddance.  Now what about CEO Nancy Brinker, who hasn’t exactly been contrite the past week?

The AJC has her letter of resignation, and Handel is ticked – and full of herself. Here’s a snippet of her letter:

I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it. I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology. Rather, both were based on Komen’s mission and how to better serve women, as well as a realization of the need to distance Komen from controversy. I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and highest standards for how and to whom it grants. [emphasis added]

What was a thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision – one that would have indeed enabled Komen to deliver even greater community impact – has unfortunately been turned into something about politics. This is entirely untrue. This development should sadden us all greatly.

Woah, Nelly. So Nancy Brinker is a liar?  That’s what Handel is saying?  Because Handel just said in her letter that the decision to drop Planned Parenthood was in fact motivated in part by “the need to distance Komen from the controversy.”  Yet Brinker said the other night, in her infamous YouTube address, that this was simply a matter of Komen no longer funding pass-through grants.  So is Handel a liar?  Is Brinker a liar?

One more thing.  Handel, Ms. “I will defund Planned Parenthood” GOP Activist, is suddenly complaining about other people bringing politics into this.  Sorry, Karen, but you chose to appease the far right – of which you are a proud card-carrying member – and you got caught.  And in typical Republican fashion, you figure it’s not “politics” when you’re playing politics, it’s only “politics” when you get caught.

Cry me a pink river.


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