The California Republican Assembly (CRA) voted out its president, Celeste Greig, after she made an inappropriate comment about rape.
In March, Greig participated in an interview with Steven Harmon of the Bay Area News Group and criticized the comment made by former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) during the 2012 campaign in which he said that women don’t get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” In the next breath, however, Greig agreed with Akin’s premise, explaining, “the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized.”
Greig was voted out during the CRA convention by a 84-78 vote and was replaced by John Briscoe, who is an attorney and member of the Huntington Beach Union High School District board of trustees.
Greig has been the target of an intense amount of backlash after the comment from Democrats and Republicans alike - even those within her own organization. Aaron Park, Briscoe’s campaign manager and conservative Sacramento-area blogger, called Greig’s comment “embarrassing” for the organization.
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Her inability to appropriately address and redact her comment eventually led to MoveOn.org and the Courage Campaign’s petition calling for her resignation. When the petition was delivered to the California Republican Party headquarters in March, it has accumulated over 28,000 signatures.
The CRA, once described by Ronald Reagan as the “conscience of the Republican party,” is a grassroots volunteer organization that works to get “true” Republicans elected to political positions.
Women’s advocacy groups and doctors have strongly denounced Greig’s and Akin’s comments, citing studies that have proven pregnancies occur in a disturbingly large percent of rapes.