A Letter from Lilly

Governor Romney,

It’s time to speak up.

I’m writing to ask you to stand up to your fellow Republicans, show you’re worthy of the leadership you’re asking the American people to entrust you with, and let us know where you stand on legislation that will help finally make pay equity a reality.

I’m writing you directly because so far, your leadership has been so lacking that it appears those closest to you don’t know where you stand, either.

In April, your advisers were asked whether you support the law that bears my name and empowers women to fight back when we’re cheated out of equal pay. They responded with silence.

In May, the Washington Times asked your campaign five times whether you support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that goes further to ensure equal pay for equal work. Again, silence.

Now, in June, as Washington Republicans continue to oppose this common-sense law, you continue to hide.

Your campaign will say only that you support the concept of pay equity, but that you wouldn’t change any laws to actually enforce it. That’s like saying you’re for staying dry but wouldn’t use an umbrella in a rainstorm. Women are getting soaked, Governor Romney, and staying silent when a solution is at hand isn’t leadership—it’s an insult and a cop-out.

If the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right direction, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a giant leap forward. The first gave us recourse to sue no matter when we learn that we’ve been paid unfairly—a right we often didn’t have until President Obama made it the first bill he signed. The second will make it easier for women to learn if they’re being discriminated against in the first place. It gives businesses incentives to do what’s right and protects workers from being fired for sharing information about their pay. It closes loopholes and makes discrimination harder to hide, which makes it harder to commit.

You talk often about your unique understanding of the economy. I’m troubled, though, that you don’t seem to understand the consequences of pay inequality. It’s not just about a paycheck and it’s not just a women’s issue—it’s a family issue. Women make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, which adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost earnings over years of hard work. More women are becoming breadwinners in their families, and unjustly lower wages mean we have less to spend in our communities to support the economy. The overtime pay, Social Security, and pensions we earn are based on our wages, so unfair pay today hurts us now and weakens our retirement security later. I learned that lesson the hard way.

It’s 2012. Women are not worth less than men, and no one should get paid less for doing the same job just because she is a woman.

Will you stand up for women, stand up to your fellow Republicans and stand on the right side of history? Will you finally say aloud that you support efforts to stop pay discrimination before it starts? We’re listening.


Lilly Ledbetter

144 Responses to “A Letter from Lilly”

  1. 1 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Sono qui

  2. 2 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Good polling in from PPP in MN;
    #DFLmajority MT @ppppolls Dems lead generic #mnleg ballot in MN 48/36, should gain a lot of seats if that holds: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/minnesota-moving-against-marriage-ban.html

  3. June 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Morning, afternoon, evening and goodnight TODvillagers! Hope all is well.

  4. June 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Wow! Did really make top 50?

  5. 5 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Mark Dayton’s approval is 49/36. Republicans in the legislature 21/61, including 12% with independents: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/minnesota-moving-against-marriage-ban.html

  6. 6 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Go Lily. Cite facts on mittbot weaseling out on every major issue that confronts america and the world.

  7. 7 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    In January we found the Minnesota gay marriage ban passing 48/44. Now it’s failing 49/43: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/06/minnesota-moving-against-marriage-ban.html

    • 8 0388jojothecat
      June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Good news. I bet PBO coming out against it helped sway a lot of church going folks.

  8. 9 symmetry11
    June 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Lily better not hold her breathe. Even if he responds, the response will not be for full support.

  9. 14 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm


  10. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you Ms. Ledbetter

    Regarding Wisconsin:

    Can anybody tell me if Dane County in WI is Dem or Repub? Turnout is phenomenal and could reach 80-88%

    • 32 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Answered for you in the previous thread, Donna. Madison WI is the heart of Dane County 🙂 Very, very Blue 🙂


      • 33 donna dem 4 obama
        June 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Thank you so much Bob. I just went back and saw you and HF2’s message. This is good news. I sure hope the turnout remains extremely high in these Dem areas because the Repubs are coming out in all the rural areas.

    • 34 COS
      June 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Very good letter Ms. Ledbetter. Would love to hear Robney’s response.

    • June 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Donna, my understanding is that it’s very progressive. It’s where Madison is located, so lots of University-minded folks.

    • 37 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Donna I posted a response on the previous thread!

      In 2008 Dane county went 73% for Barack Obama. Only 26% voted for McCain.
      In 2004, Dane country went 66% for John Kerry, 33% for Bush.

      • 38 donna dem 4 obama
        June 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        Thank you so much. I got it. Sorry I usually just google this stuff but too busy at work to do that today. Just popping in and trying to get a flavor of what’s happening on the ground. I know I can count on my TOD fam.

    • June 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      One of the most Dem in the country. I saw that too—calling voting “really wild”—-and estimates in the 80’s, which would just be phenomenal. Of course msnbc has sent Ron Allen to Waukesha, one of the most R areas in the country. We shall see—-really hoping for the best. Just reporting that Milwaukee has called in “the reserves”—-more poll workers—–lots of new registrations today and such high turnout and poll workers need extra help.

  11. 41 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm



  12. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    While there’s no specific number on what turnout is looking like yet in the city of Milwaukee, Election Commission Executive Director Susan Edman says the turnout looks more like 2008 than it does 2010.

    “It’s been much higher than 2010,” Edman said. “We’ve had long lines at all of the polling places. This might be more along the lines of 2008 when it comes to turnout.”

    Edman also said that city staff are being recruited to help out polling locations and that some wards have called saying they’re running out of voter registration forms and ballots


    • 43 donna dem 4 obama
      June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      So folks help me to understand this state. Milwaukee and Madison are strong, highly populated, democratic areas, correct?

    • 46 japa21
      June 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      That last lione is very important. WI allows same day registration, so voters who were not registered can show up at their polling place, register and vote. This is something the Republicans have been against. If this is high in Milwaukee, that is very good news. It means the GOTV people are out there and helping people who didn’t think they could vote get to the polls.

    • June 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Wow, if they sent enough ballots for all the voters on the rolls, then that’s a LOT of same day registration.

  13. 48 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  14. 50 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    No wonder my President was looking so chipper yesterday…smiling, swagger and all. He was busy taking out al Qaeda #2, and prepping his boots-on-the-ground soldiers to take out the Wisconsin terrorist.

    Meanwhile the MSM was in major anti-Obama meltdown mode – trying to distract and depress democrats AS USUAL.

    • 51 0388jojothecat
      June 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Yep, and I was one of many CA foot soldiers calling people, leaving messages to GOTV for WI, sent the campagin some money and pray that Barrett and Mitchell prevail. This may be the day the tide turns but as you know TOD’ers what ever happens we pick ourselves up, brush the dirt off our shoulders and continue to work harder…..just like President Barack Hussein Obama.

      • 52 hopefruit2
        June 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Congrats jojo and thank you!

      • 53 57andfemale
        June 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Bless you. I sent money because I’m terrible at phonebanking and I truly admire those of you who are good at it. Thank you so much.

        • 54 0388jojothecat
          June 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

          We all can do whatever is comfortable…if it’s giving money, making calls, going door to door, or doing clerical work. There are so many jobs people can do in a campaign. I wish I knew about this years ago but President Obama has changed elections for Democrats. I hope that OFA remains a major player after PBO is re-elected. There are so many talented people whose organizing skills should not go to waste. I hope they can take over the Democratic Party for good.

          • 55 HZ
            June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

            Same here 0388jojothecat. My legs, voice, and hands are tired, but it is a very good and decent tiredness. We will make this one. Keep doing what is good for all mankind and pray for the best to enter into our space.

            I am going to sit down now and watch the returns. Please keep all of us in your thoughts, prayers, and beautiful meditations for WI citizens and our beautiful President. ((((((((((( Love you all)))))))))HZ

            • 56 0388jojothecat
              June 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

              ((((HZ)))) big hugs and kiss to you. We need a victory in WI and so our prayers to these hard working people who marched, stood, walked, for what is right for their state. The Walker crowd may have the big money but we DEM have the big heart.

    • 57 Cha
      June 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      I hate the corporatemediaWhore$$$$$$$$ and have ever since I became aware of them..in 2000! They’re only getting WORSE..how much more worse can they be before they self IMPLODE!?

  15. June 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    GAH, these people drive me nuts.

    • 59 amk for obama
      June 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      • June 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Thanks for the back up, amk!

      • June 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        • 62 0388jojothecat
          June 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

          Remember the Republican Senator back in 2010, I can’t remember his name but I think he retired, he told the whinning collegues that “governing is hard…if you don’t like it, go sell shoes or something”. If reporting the news is so boring then go do something else.

    • 63 Renegade522/AuntSis
      June 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Great reply and comeback, Meta. I truly believe that the “low information voter” is truly the Media and most of them dont vote!!

    • 64 Cha
      June 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Good retort, meta! Yes, having your state being taken over by Fascists and Rebeling to take it back is so boring. YAWN.. LOL!

  16. 66 Liberal Librarian
    June 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  17. 71 lamh35
    June 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    “There’s A Man on the Cover of Essence This July And It’s Barack Obama”

  18. June 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  19. 78 57andfemale
    June 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    the Ninth Circuit refuses to review its decision that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. It goes to the Supreme Court (almost a certainty unless the proponents of Prop 8 choose to not appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. Yeah right).


  20. 79 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    And I notice that Little Nate has been very quiet all day today, especially after his last tweet 19 hrs ago that polls showed that Walker was “favored.”

  21. 83 Liberal Librarian
    June 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Ok Chips, fix WordPress! It’s making me cranky. And when I get cranky I make fun of Wayne Rooney.

    • 84 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I feel your pain…I really do. No meltdowns today….step away, sing, out to 10….

  22. 85 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Love that surrogates are staying on the message. They fucking better on this one.

  23. 86 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  24. June 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Not sure if this has been shared, POTUS graces the July issue of Essence:


  25. 90 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

  26. 91 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Did President Obama really add a 17-year-old girl to the counterterrorism “kill list” maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Department?

    Did his political adviser, David Axelrod, really participate in discussions of which terrorist suspects should be targeted in drone strikes?

    And did The New York Times include those claims in an article last Tuesday on Mr. Obama’s counterterrorism record?

    The answers are no, and no, and no. But all of the above has been repeated in thousands of postings across the Internet, as bloggers misconstrued what The Times reported and their errors raced across the Web.

  27. 92 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    PPP weekly DKos poll: National- Obama 50, Romney 42, PBO +8, That Mittmentum is really growing!

  28. 95 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    • 96 susanne
      June 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      now that’s a graphic depiction of reality that we can all understand. funny but so sad.

  29. 97 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

  30. 103 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm


  31. 104 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    BOOM. I just heard Glen Greenwald and Chris Hayes heads explode in my backyard.

  32. 106 Linda
    June 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Heavy turnout in Milwaukee led the city Election Commission to call out the reserves Tuesday.

    Extra poll workers were sent to polling places at Becher Terrace, Bradley Tech High School, Keenan Health Center, Morse Middle School, Rufus King International School Middle Years Campus and Cass Street, 53rd Street, Grantosa and Parkview schools, said Sue Edman, the election commission’s executive director.

    The backup workers were needed to handle long lines, partly because a significant number of new voters were registering at the polls, Edman said.

    • June 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      This is great news!

    • 108 japa21
      June 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      The number of new voters registering today is big news. There are a lot more potential Dem voters unregistered than Republican voters, of that I am pretty sure, specially in Milwaukee. I am definitely not going to call this for Bartlett, but this news gives me a little more hope. Tonight watch and see how the collar counties are doing, specially if they seem to be slow in reporting, particularly Waukesha and Ozaukee. To overcome a strong Milwaukee turnout, they will need to have a equally strong turnout at about 70% Walker.

  33. 112 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  34. 113 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, a US official has told the BBC.

    US officials said Libi was the target of a drone strike which hit a volatile tribal area of Pakistan’s north-west, killing 15 suspected militants.

    There has been no confirmation of his death from sources in Pakistan.

    According to officials, he played a critical role in the group’s planning against the West.

    “There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise al-Qaeda has just lost,” the US official told the BBC.

    The source added that al-Qaeda’s leadership “will be hard-pressed to find any one person who can readily step into [Libi’s] shoes”.


  35. 114 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Remember how MSM was talking about exploding favorability #s for Romney, he’s stuck at 39% , 37% with women. http://dailykos.com/weeklypolling/2012/5/31

    • 115 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I knew this was a crock.

    • 116 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Why did this poll ask about Nancy Pelosi and not John Boehner. All opinions people have about Congress right now are because of Boehner, not Pelosi. If I missed the Boehner part, my bad.

    • 117 57andfemale
      June 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I’ll repeat what I said yesterday about this: these numbers don’t mean anything because they reflect Republicans ‘coming home’ after the primaries. It is not a seismic shift in popularity — it’s Republicans coalescing (like they always do) around their candidate. Duh.

      And Good God, Martin Bashir and you other ‘progressives’ at MSNBC — would it be too much to ask you and your staffs to know this shit and report it as such? I watched about 10 minutes of hair-on-fire coverage yesterday and walked away. I’m obsessed with staying current and informed, but this was just ridiculous.

      How many times have you watched the ‘progressive’ shows and seen out of date or inaccurate information because all these guys get paid a damned good living and don’t do anything more than read HuffPo and WP headlines. Come on — you don’t have staffs that can earn their keep? Are you telling me your staff doesn’t have the time to do what every TOD family member does? And we don’t get paid for it.

  36. 118 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    No one knows or cares about Cory Booker, Indies don’t much like Bain. Keep up the pressure on Bain: http://dailykos.com/story/2012/06/05/1097538/-Daily-Kos-SEIU-State-of-the-Nation-poll-Why-we-should-ignore-Cory-Booker-and-focus-on-Bain

  37. 119 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

  38. 120 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This is good news, no?

  39. 123 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Heavy turnout in WI, above 2008 levels in Milwaukee: We Are Wisconsin ‏@WeRWisconsin
    BOOM! RT @DefendWisconsin: Milwaukee calls in extra poll workers amid heavy turnout http://bit.ly/MzbqXJ #wivote #wirecall
    Retweeted by PlanetPOV.com

  40. 124 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  41. 128 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    From BJ

    McMegan and Sully, reunited at last.

    Top comment:

    The collective IQ of the Atlantic writing staff just shot up exponentially.
    The collective IQ of the Newsweek staff remains unchanged.

    • 130 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      I hadn’t heard about this either, No WONDER he doesn’t want to talk about his time as Gov of MA!

      • 131 57andfemale
        June 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

        This is big, right? What else don’t we know about this jackass’ actual public service?

    • 132 0388jojothecat
      June 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Somebody needs to tweet this to Obama super pac or his direct campaign and get the footage of Robme making jokes as his state is being flooded before it’s scrubbed.

  42. 133 overseasgranny
    June 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Just saw the news on Al-Libi. I love this President for what he does for us. It much be torture in a way for his soul, and now I can see why he looked so deep in thought a few days ago. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for doing what needs to be done and what Shrub never did.

    I have piles of reles in Wisconsin and I am trying not to refresh the news every 2 minutes. This is when the big time difference hurts.

  43. 134 amk for obama
    June 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Gunnite folks. Hoping to wake up to good news.

  44. June 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Chipsticks and gang!

    I know I’ve been AWOL for a while so I’m just popping by to let you guys know that I’m still here.

    Barack Obama Singing Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

    This is funny. 🙂

  45. June 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd=. Just got this from a right-wing friend. SICK! Should I send to Attack Watch?

    • 138 desertflower
      June 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Sure. I can’t watch this shit…but send it anyway.Tally would have caniption if she saw some of those stupid comments. Just proof that ignorant people should NOT have children.

    • 139 hopefruit2
      June 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      tnmtngirl – I believe Chips has specifically asked that we not post right-wing links on this blog. Just report it to Attack Watch.

    • 140 yardarm756
      June 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Why is that being posted here? Screw it. If the church wants to play politic take their tax-exempt status away.

  46. 141 Bill R.
    June 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    PPP coming out with Fl poll and Obama leading! :PublicPolicyPolling ‏@ppppolls
    Going to have the Florida President numbers out within the hour…pretty similar to the recent NBC poll there…modest lead for Obama

  47. 142 kasai
    June 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Everyone:-)

    (I will be phone banking this coming weekend with her team) I am so excited:-) In this Red State of CA (Issa) territory will try to change more republican’s minds..I am working on 2 that hate Romney (perfect target).
    Have a wonderful Day!

    I wasn’t a supporter of President Obama in 2008. I didn’t go to any phone banks or attend any rallies, and there was one simple reason for that: I was a Republican.
    Four years ago, I never would have thought I would be supporter of President Obama, much less a volunteer on his campaign, but I now understand how much the President has fought for me, even when I wasn’t fighting for him. In the next four years, there are a lot of important decisions that will be made to make sure the country keeps moving forward. President Obama is the person I want making those decisions.


  48. 143 kasai
    June 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Full Video of last night >>NY Fundraiser full video of President Obama and Clinton


    • 144 susanne
      June 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      thanks, kasai–wonderful to see pres clinton so fired up and positive, and to hear pres obama’s resolve. interesting that pbo left the podium pounding to pbc, and quietly, reasonably presented his case for reelection.

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