Look, Dems, this is how it’s done.
Update: I understand that the “submit to me” line was taken out of context, which is a shame, but please note —
In a statement from the campaign Monday afternoon, Websterâ€™s wife and campaign manager derided Graysonâ€™s ad as â€œshamefulâ€ and â€œludicrous.â€
But the response does not refute any of the charges leveled in the ad â€“ titled â€œTaliban Dan Websterâ€ – which claimed that Webster, a former state Senate majority leader and state House speaker, wanted to make divorce illegal and deny abused women health care. Graysonâ€™s ad even claims that Webster â€œtried to prohibit alimony to an â€˜adulterous wifeâ€™ but not an adulterous husband,â€™â€ and that he â€œwants to force women to stay in abusive marriages.â€
Websterâ€™s response also does not address footage in the ad of Webster saying, â€œWives, submit yourselves to your own husband,â€ and â€œShe should submit to me â€“ thatâ€™s in the Bible.â€
As Echidne points out, Webster is associated with a group of men who believe that wives should submit to their husbands.
Susannah Randolph, Grayson’s campaign manager, defended the ad. She pointed to Webster’s ties to the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its founder Bill Gothard, who has taught that women should be subservient to their husbands and not work outside the home. While in the state House in 1990, Webster spent $4,340 of taxpayer money to print and mail a district flier urging constituents to attend one of the group’s seminars.
The campaign spot also criticized Webster because of his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest; his sponsorship of a bill giving couples the option of entering a “covenant marriage” that would allow divorce only in cases of adultery; and his vote against a measure that would have prohibited insurance companies from treating domestic violence as a pre-existing condition.