Terri Lynn Land, War on Women — April 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Terri Lynn Land Wants to Remind Us She Doesn’t Support Equal Pay


Terri Lynn Land apparently thinks we didn’t spend enough time talking about her record on equal pay over the last couple of weeks, so she’s airing a snarky ad defending herself.

So let’s talk about it again. For the record, Terri Lynn Land does not support improving our equal pay protections. Gary Peters does. Even though she wants being a woman (and her apparently decent record as an employer of women) to insulate her from attacks here, the fight about equal pay is a legitimate policy disagreement and one that women (and men) in Michigan are entitled to hear the candidates address.

The problem for Land about having that conversation is that public opinion is against her. For example, a poll by Lake Research found 84% support for expanding equal pay protections. Even so, she is not helping herself by bringing up the issue again in this way. She should either “evolve” on the issue to match her constituents’ views, or explain her position and her record and trust Michigan voters to make a decision for themselves. And if she can’t do either of those things, she would be better off to stop talking about it.