Nominated for Attorney General by then Governor Sarah Palin, Wayne Anthony Ross allegedly defended a man's right to rape his wife.
Palin’s hopes for a swift confirmation process were dashed April 10
when Leah Burton, a veteran lobbyist on children’s issues and domestic
violence, submitted a letter
to the Alaska State Judiciary Committee claiming that Ross publicly
defended spousal rape.
According to Burton, who detailed the allegations
for me, Ross allegedly declared during a speech before a 1991 gathering
of the “father’s rights” group Dads Against Discrimination, “If a guy
can’t rape his wife, who’s he gonna rape?” (In a subsequent letter, Ross denied the remark and claimed, “I don’t talk like that!”)
Burton said Ross’s statement was consistent with his overarching
attitude toward women’s issues. She claimed that he once said during a
debate on the Equal Rights Amendment, “If a woman would keep her mouth
shut, there wouldn’t be an issue with domestic violence.”
maintained she has been in touch with “a number” of domestic-violence
victims who witnessed Ross make “horrible” statements, but are too
intimidated to speak out.
“Alaska is a very small state and it’s
terrifying for these victims to come forward because they’re afraid of
retribution,” Burton said.
Endorsed by Palin for having "guts
", Sharron Angle ran against Democrat Senator Harry Reid from Nevada. Angle demonstrated her "guts", by calling for the elimination
of the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Angle's positions were so extreme that they were dismissed by various Republican Senators like Richard Lugar of Indiana who when asked about Angle's positions stated, "I would characterize (them) as very extreme views that do not have much basis
in either practicality or what is going to occur in the evolution of our
Republican Senators Mike Crapo of Idaho, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Jeff Sessions of Alabama joined Senator Lugar in stating their opposition
towards eliminating government departments and privatizing Social Security, another belief by Angle.
Angle spread further consternation when she stated her opposition to abortion including cases of incest and rape, by stating that, "God has a plan and a purpose
for each one of our lives" and that victims of incest and rape should turn, "...a lemon situation into lemonade
Most disturbing of all, was Angle's "solution" to what she saw as an out of control Congress, by discussing "Second Amendment remedies
" for the "Harry Reid problems