Sixth District Congressional candidate Laura Fjeld is blasting her Republican opponent for accepting an endorsement from a group that opposes the Violence Against Women Act.
Mark Walker – who faces Fjeld in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Howard Coble – got the nod from the Eagle Forum, the conservative group founded by anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly has said Walker “will champion pro-family issues as a citizen legislator and not a career politician.”
Fjeld’s campaign takes issue with the questionnaire required of candidates seeking Eagle Forum’s support. It asks candidates if they’ll vote to defund the Violence Against Women Act, which it calls “feminist pork.”
In a news release this week, the Fjeld campaign points to Schlafly’s recent comments that married women can’t be raped by their husbands because they’ve already consented to sex.
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“These views are very disturbing, and Walker has a lot of questions he needs to answer,” campaign manager Andrew Grunwald said in the release. “Does he really think that it’s a family value to oppose a law (VAWA) that would be tougher on stalkers and rapists? Mark Walker consistently aligns himself with the most radical and fringe voices against women’s health, women’s rights and women’s safety.”
Asked about the endorsement, Walker’s spokesman didn’t address the candidate’s view on the law. “We accept the endorsement for what it is: an acknowledgement that Mark Walker is not a politician or an insider,” Scott Luginbill said.
Luginbill was also critical of the Fjeld campaign’s release. “Another day, another desperate attack from the Fjeld campaign,” he said. “She is focusing on personal attacks. We are focusing on issues.”
Eagle Forum has been selective about its endorsements in North Carolina. So far, it’s backed only Walker and fellow Republicans Mark Meadows and Vince Coakley.