Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Pro-Choice Pops

My dad dated a lovely woman who happened to be pro-life. Chad and I were visiting my dad and his lady (at that time) at Dad’s home in Charleston, WV over the holidays. In between bites of bacon-wrapped shrimp and sips of Sauvignon Blanc, they asked us about our biggest victories from the most recent cycle, our favorite clients, and our not so favorite clients.

We were extremely proud to have helped defeat the 20-week abortion ban in Colorado. For me personally, as a die-hard pro-choice woman, NARAL Pro-Choice America was one of my top favorite clients. 

Dad’s lady shrieked in horror and disgust that I was pro-choice, and immediately berated me about my choice. With a raised voice, spitting small pieces of shrimp, and tears rolling down her cheeks, she preached at me that a cookie was a cookie the moment anyone ever thought about baking cookies. 

After a deep breath, I looked at her and started to talk, but was abruptly cut off by...my dad. 

“Cartney is entitled to her opinion. If she wants an abortion, that’s her choice. [Insert lady’s name here], I’m proud to be Cartney’s father. I’m pro-choice, and I’ll stand behind her whatever she wants to do.” Don't even try to imagine her reaction - it was unfathomable. 

Men for choice. (Insert the biggest, proudest smile you can imagine here!) Not only am I lucky to have a strong, pro-choice Mom and a rock star pro-choice life partner in Chad, I have a proud, pro-choice Dad. 

That’s why, especially in light of the negativity Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice movement have received recently, it’s critical to donate to NARAL’s Men for Choice this year (and please make sure to tag that you were invited by Chad Gosselink). Please help Chad and I raise money for a cause we so passionately believe in - for a cause my dad so passionately believes in. Men for choice!!! I love you Dad!!!!!! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Thoughts Following Last Week's GOP Debate

Check out my thoughts on last week's first GOP debate in my interview with The Hill!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Democratic Divas Take Over Control Point Group

My firm, Control Point Group, was beyond thrilled to host the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum yesterday evening to get more young women involved in the WLF.

I had the fabulous honor of introducing Amy Dacey, the DNC’s Executive Director, who had spoken at WGR’s “Frontline Females Make It Happen” PACs, Politics, and Grassroots Conference last month on a rock star opening panel I helped coordinate. What a force she is!

It was beyond exhilarating to have esteemed Democratic divas, like Carol Pensky, Christine Bennett, Edda Collins Coleman, Anatasia Dellaccio, Jo Ousterhout, Shaundra Patterson-Strachan, Alfreda Robinson, Stephanie Schlatter, and of course, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, next to several new faces and just feel the energy and excitement about WLF and the upcoming 2016 cycle.

I must repeat my opening remarks in hopes that those of you who couldn’t make it yesterday will read this: While we all love investing in our wardrobes and closets, the most important investment we can make as women is by supporting women running for political office and investing in WLF. Those Jimmy Choo’s are going to have to wait, because we’re choosing to invest in our future by investing in women running for office and WLF.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowstorms, Shutdowns, and Chanel

Walking to my office this morning in my Chanel snow boots (I was surprised how prepared DC was for Snowstorm Octavia, although, it wasn’t what I had hoped), my mind was on the train derailment in my native state of West Virginia. With yet another water crisis on their hands, I remembered several mentions of Homeland Security during the first water crisis.

It’s outrageous that Speaker Boehner would allow funding for the Department of Homeland Security to lapse, however, the shutdown didn’t seem to hurt Republicans in November of 2014, so why not have another one? It does seem a bit counterintuitive for a high-ranking Republican to let funding for Homeland Security lapse when, in fact, it was a Republican President who established the Office of Homeland Security. Not to mention the fact that this shutdown threat comes in the midst of heightened security issues.

Nearly two months after Republicans gained control of Congress and no progress has been made to improve the lives of Americans. I hope voters will remember this Unless they choose to keep drinking that contaminated water.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hillary Clinton: The Other Side of the Coin?

I’m tired of hearing how Hillary keeps flubbing up the wealth question. There are far more important issues we should be talking about, but, we continue to treat every word, change in body language, and strand of pearls around the neck of the “potential” Democratic presidential frontrunner as if she were a fetal pig being dissected by high school students in an AP Anatomy/Physiology class.

Yes, we all know the Clintons are extremely wealthy. And, yes Sally Kohn, Hillary can definitely afford a better speaking coach. But has anyone looked at the other side of the coin on this?

Hillary Clinton is a powerful force who’s overcome hardships in front of the nation from her husband to Bengazi. While 60% of the nation may not “like” her as a presidential candidate, who else is more qualified to run the country? Seriously.

Personally, I hardly see her as an “out of touch” rich lady who lives in a bubble surrounded by butlers and servants snubbing her nose if her green tea is burnt. I think of her as an innovative solutionist who focuses on how to best achieve the tasks we face as a global society in order to create a better world. Yes, a little idealistic I agree, but what I applaud about Hillary most is her focus. Almost never distracted by the fluff and obsessions from her pant suits to her hair style, she’s too busy to bat a non-mascara-coated eye lash as she gets of a plane half way across the world to speak to the UN on women’s rights.

So, let’s continue this boring high school dissection of Hillary Clinton’s wealth. Did anyone ever ponder why she misspoke? Why would she ever do such a thing? Surely she’s too smart for that, or, are we reacting exactly the way we’re supposed to?

Monday, November 4, 2013

A few thoughts on ACA...

Listening to a congressional hearing last week via radio on the way to guess? Quick lunchtime shopping break to relax my brain and all I hear is “why don’t you know how many people have signed up? Are eligible? How many signed up and are using a plan in October? How come you don’t know? You should know. How come you can’t answer this?”

Maybe my retail background can be of some assistance in explaining the reporting time issue, which I call the “I need instant gratification to prove to my constituents that I’m doing something here in DC, and I love to hear myself talk” issue.

When a national chain store, say Nordstrom, wants to know how their entire US-based chain did for the month of October, it takes AT LEAST two weeks. Two weeks? Who has two weeks? Why does it take so long?!?

In this case, let’s look at each individual silver Nordstrom tree, rather than the entire Nordstrom forest. Let’s look at just one store: Each and every department in that store has to tabulate October sales and report those sales figures to the management office/store manager, who then must double check those numbers. Once those are reviewed several times for accuracy, that individual store manager funnels their final sales report to their district manager. The district manager then must double check each of her/his numbers for every store they are responsible for, then send those reports further up the funnel to the corporate HQ. Lots of number crunching Lots of time.

Let’s flip this over to ACA. Once you sign up online, you are supposed to “shop” for a plan and (hopefully) sign up for one. So thousands enter one “funnel” then are broken up into several more funnels. It takes each of those separate funnels time to tabulate solid numbers, which they then send back up the funnel. The “funnel manager” must double check, ok, quadruple check, these numbers, then compare it to what was projected, in order to know if the ACA online sign up/registration is on track or not. Lots of number crunching. Lots of time.

I could be completely off base here, but if I was sitting in a congressional hearing and asked those same questions I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t speculate. I’d give the facts. Let’s not blast what we don’t know until we know it folks.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stronger visuals needed in this campaign ad!

President Obama’s latest campaign ad, “Important,” attacks Romney on women’s health issues. 

While the ad’s message definitely resonates, this Politico in Stilettos would have implemented stronger visual elements to reaffirm the message that, if elected, Mitt Romney would drag the progressive voice of women today by their ponytails back to the 1950s. 

Why is this ad showing women speaking in front of stereotypical 1950’s locations like a house or in what appears to be a kitchen? If you’re going to say Romney would drag us back, have a female CEO say that on camera. Show the images of what life was like for women in the ‘50s. Have the female CEO say how she is so appreciative for women like her mother to have paved the way so she could be where she is today, and how Planned Parenthood was there for her and she will fight to ensure it’s there for her daughter. Taking away a woman’s right to choose is unacceptable, Romney’s plan to demolish Planned Parenthood is unacceptable and Romney as President is utterly unacceptable. 

Also, what’s up with the name? Yes, this is a significantly “important” issue to women, but let’s put a little more thought in to it. 

Make no mistake about it, I am NOT bashing the President at all. I just think his campaign ad firm should have put a little more thought into this ad.