"so are they all, all honorable men'
Feminist vote split in U. S. Senate race
By Barbara Karkabi
Bob Krueger and Joe Christie are both
self described moderates whose records
on women's issues split the vote of the
Texas Women's Political Caucus, causing
the Steering Committee not to endorse
either candidate in the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate nomination.
'This is not a negative action," says
Anita Lang, Vice Chair for Political
Action for the TWPC. "It is more positive
because we felt their records were almost
Joe Christie disagrees. 'The difference
between me and Krueger is that mine is
record and his is rhetoric," Christie says.
Christie points with pride to his years
as Chairman of the State Insurance
Board. "I would like you to look at my
record on women's rights, and review it.
While I was on the insurance board, I
pushed legislation that outlawed sex
discrimination in insurance. I required a
job analysis probe to see if women
employed by the board were getting
equal pay for equal work. When I found
out they weren't, I raised the salaries of
at least 100 people and I increased the
number of minority employees by 500
Judith Guthrie, employed as a professional lobbyist, lobbies on her own time
for women's issues. She admires Christie's
initiative and says, "He did a lot of
things he didn't have to do. When we
were working on the changes [in the
insurance codes] regarding sex discrimination we thought we would have to
make a case in court or run it through the
legislature. But Christie offered to write
them up through his commission, and
gave us the assistance of his staff in
drawing up and presenting the codes."
Christie supports a woman's right to
choose abortion. "I would have voted
against the Hyde Amendment," he says,
"and not opposed the Supreme Court's
On this question the two candidates
are not far apart. "My strongest stand on
women's issues," say Bob Krueger, "is my
opposition to federal involvement in a
woman's decision to terminate her pregnancy. I voted against the Hyde Amendment and cast 15 other votes against
federal involvement in this issue. I
strongly object to the federal government
stepping in and dictating where and
when. And I firmly believe that poor
women have the right to use federal funds
While Christie talks directly of
women's issues, Krueger speaks of human
rights. "I have always had an interest in
human rights even before entering Congress. I believe people should achieve
their maximum potential. That's why I
taught for 12 years and that's why I
Krueger told the recent TWCP convention, "I would not make women's issues a
top priority of mine."
But Anita Lang says, "I don't believe
he meant to say that women's issues are
not important. He does his homework
and pays attention to women's issues, but
he's well rounded nationally and has
other priorities. He doesn't go out and
slay the dragon, but then we need a
woman for that."
Donna Duerk, a member of the
steering committee of both the TWPC
and the NWPC, approached Krueger
during the TWPC Convention to discuss
displaced homemakers' legislation.
Krueger told her he wasn't familiar with
it. "So I explained it to him in detail,"
Duerk says. "A few months later I met
him in Washington and posed the same
question. He told me again that he wasn't
familiar with the legislation, and again I
explained it to him. He listened intently,
but I had the feeling that if I approached
him a third time, his answer would still be
Candidates Christie and Krueger both
support the ERA and extension of the
deadline for its ratification. But Christie
originally ducked the issue, saying he
wanted to study the constitutional question raised by the dean of the Yale
School of Law. He says he has studied the
question, and now supports extension.
Christie did vote for the Equal Rights
Amendment three times in the Texas
Krueger approves "in general" of child
care programs with adjustable fees.
Christie has made child care a part of his
platform. "We need skills and careers and
the only way to get welfare mothers back
into the system is to provide day care
centers," Christie says.
Other women's issues on which both
candidates agree include support of legislation to redefine rape as felonious assault. Both say that pregnancy should be
treated like any other illness with respect
to job protection and paid leave. And
both men support Title IX of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which
bans all sex discrimination by educational
institutions receiving federal money.
When asked if he would vote to change
laws on homosexuality (at present homosexual acts are outlawed in most states,
even between consenting adults), Christie
answered, "I would not favor the law's
repeal at this time. I just don't know
enough about it."
"I would consider the law's repeal,"
Krueger observed, "depending on the
wording of the legislation, but I would
not be the one to introduce the legislation. I am in sympathy with homosexuals, but because I am a bachelor and
sometimes get accusations of this type
thrown at me, it is something I would
Krueger says most jobs are not sex
related, although there may be a few that
are. "My own top position in Washington," says Krueger, "has been held by a
woman more often than a man. In fact
the majority of my staff is made up of
Christie's campaign is "divided into
seven areas and four of these are headed
by women: organization, finance and
budgeting, scheduling, and staff services.
Krueger attended the IWY Conference
in Houston, but opposed the first bill
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