Washington – In at least one way, the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a gift from the high court to Democratic candidates  — including those in Connecticut.

The Supreme Court’s decision that the Affordable Care Act can’t force employers with moral objections to provide birth control coverage in employee health plans — a ruling supported by a majority of Republicans — has bolstered the Democratic campaign claim that the GOP is waging “a war on women.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is coming to Connecticut Friday for a “Weekend of Action” with that message. She plans to join Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp in New Haven for a roundtable discussion “of issues critical to women and their families – including access to preventive care, reversing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, [and]ensuring equal pay and other Democratic proposals to help middle-class families,” a Connecticut Democratic Party statement said.

The aim of the visit by the top Democratic official is to help Wyman, Gov. Dannel Malloy and other Democrats in the state to win re-election.

“Contacting, registering, engaging and turning out voters will be key to winning in 2014, and Democrats remain committed to expanding the vote for people in Connecticut and across the country,” the Connecticut Democratic Party said.

An Agence France-Press story called the Hobby Lobby decision “fundraising gold” for Democrats.

It said the Democratic Congressional Committee’s best fundraising day of the year came on June 30, the day of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision, when over $800,000 poured in.

AFP said other Democratic groups cashed in, too, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

Leave a comment