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 senior Political Science major and Public Policy concentrator at Kenyon College. He is also the co-editor in chief of the Kenyon Observer, the school's student-run political journal. Jon worked as a field organizer for Tom Perriello in 2010 and recently returned to AMERICAblog from the Obama campaign, where he was a Deputy Regional Field Director based in Hampton, Virginia. He writes on a variety of topics but pays particularly close attention to elections, political psychology and the use of social media. Jon on Google+, and his .

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