|By Timm Herdt, Ventura County Star, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Former Army Sgt.
In a statement released by his campaign, Strickland said Reynolds' comments "in no way represent my views," and asserted that if elected to
Strickland, who formerly represented portions of
"It boils down to the judgment of
Strickland last month named Reynolds, who was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in
Strickland's campaign did not respond Friday afternoon when asked whether Reynolds will be kept on as chairman of its veterans' coalition.
At a candidates' debate earlier this week on the campus of
The following day, on a Facebook forum page called 25th Congressional District Election Watch, Reynolds posted what he suggested would have been "the perfect answer" for any candidate to have provided:
"The biggest challenge women face today is being brainwashed by progressive ideology that has them thinking it's fine to be a single mom, free contraceptives, abortion on demand, indiscriminate frequent sex, forget marriage, BIG gov't is daddy, womb to tomb entitlements, etc."
Rogers noted that Reynolds' remarks were reminiscent of comments made by radio personality
Limbaugh said a woman who seeks to have contraceptives covered by her insurance plan "wants to be paid for having sex."
Strickland, Rogers and Republican state Sen.
Knight said candidates cannot be held responsible for things supporters might say in public forums, but in this case Reynolds is much more than just a supporter.
"Tony put out a press release saying
In his statement, Strickland asserted that he has "a long record of fighting domestic abuse and championing equal pay for equal work. As a husband and as the father of a wonderful 8-year-old little girl, I will always be an advocate for women's right in
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