A political action committee that conducts critical fundraising work for Republican women running in races around the country has now made its opposition to two Republican women in Congress — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Lauren Boebert (Colo.) — clear. The fundraising group is known as the Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee, or VIEW PAC, and since 2010, VIEW PAC “has raised and distributed more than $20 million for and to female Republican House and Senate candidates through events and contributions,” Business Insider explains, summarizing remarks from Julie Conway, the group’s executive director. Conway described Greene and Boebert as “carnival barkers.”
A key fundraising group for Republican women is shunning Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, calling them "carnival barkers" who are overshadowing the work of serious female legislators. https://t.co/pdlWbsqrdt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2021
As Conway pointedly put it:
‘While we rightfully celebrate the number of GOP women serving in the House, I’ve always professed quality over quantity. The work of Congress is not a joke or reality show. Our women have fought too hard for too long to be respected and taken seriously as legislators, policy makers and thought leaders. We cannot let this work be erased by individuals who chose to be shameless self-promoters and carnival barkers.”
Greene and Boebert have distinguished themselves while in office with their incendiary rhetoric and behavior. Boebert, for instance, trumpeted that she intended to carry a gun with her while at work at the Capitol, and she and Greene have also been supporters of the conspiracy theory that last year’s presidential election was somehow rigged for Joe Biden. Neither of them have proven themselves to be particularly competent regarding the basic outlines of their jobs. Greene, for instance, recently ranted that Americans “don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations” after Biden referenced having individuals head door-to-door with information about COVID-19 vaccines — but nobody who would be showing up at any American’s door has or will have the power to “order vaccinations.” Why should observers take Greene seriously if she doesn’t even get basic facts right?
As Conway put it, she thinks “that they would rather draw attention to themselves, and really Marjorie Taylor Greene more than Boebert, but they’re cut from the same cloth.” The problem, though, is that members of Congress aren’t there — on paper, at least — to represent their own interests. They’re supposed to be representing the people back home in their districts, and around the country — with no exceptions for the areas that Boebert and Greene are from — Americans have been struggling through issues both related and unrelated to the pandemic. Greene and Boebert seem content with sticking to their public antics. Greene has, for instance, sponsored a bill to completely eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which is, obviously, an extreme proposal that has no chance of succeeding. Yet, she sticks to theatrics.