Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., held an event Friday to mark the release of a new website called “Women for Team Mitch” as part of his re-election campaign. Joined by his wife and women across the state of Kentucky, the Minority Leader took credit for supporting the Violence Against Women Act, although he repeatedly voted against it.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 provides federal funds for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against females.
McConnell voted against the re-authorization of this bill earlier this year. He also voted against the measure in 1993 and 2012, according to ThinkProgress.
In a press release, McConnell’s campaign quoted a voter named Angela Leet, of Jefferson County.
“Mitch was the co-sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act — and continues to advocate for stronger polices to protect women. I am proud to call him my senator,” Leet said.
McConnell did co-sponsor the bill in 1991, but he did not support the 1993 version.
In a recent New York Times piece, McConnell’s aides said the senator understood the importance of reach out to women this election season. He’s running against a female candidate, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, this November.
According to ThinkProgress, McConnell has embellished his reasons for not support legislation in the past. He said he didn’t support VAWA because he wanted a stronger version of the law. His wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, once said her husband support women’s preventative care although he’s been trying to repeal Obamacare.