VA GOP Speaker to woman: “I guess I’m not speaking in little enough words for you to understand”

Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA, approached Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell (a Republican) yesterday, asking him to detail the inaccuracies he claimed existed in the organization’s report on ALEC.

ALEC, formerly led by Speaker Howell, ghost-writes conservative legislation for state legislatures, and has gotten into some hot water of late, being dumped by the Gates Foundation and Coke, among others.

Scholl attested to the accuracy of the report, pointing out that all of the information included was publicly available for fact-checking. That’s when this happened:

Apparently, Speaker Howell isn’t used to women speaking their minds, using multi-syllabic words, or being right.

And Howell, not surprisingly, is now in trouble with women’s groups for his sexist comments.


Jon Green is a graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. A veteran of the campaigns of Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and President Obama in 2012, he writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @JonGreen8, and on Google+. .

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