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Woman Vs. Woman

May 15, 2014 - Joselyn King
There are times today when I can't help but think women are backsliding on the gains they've made during the last 50 years, but then something happens to reinvigorate my faith in womankind.

That something happened this week during West Virginia's primary election, when U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant won their party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in November.

The only outcome in this race that's most certain is West Virginia will have its first female member in the Senate come January 2015.

What's sad is it's likely both parties will take to whatever measures are necessary to make certain their candidate wins that seat, and I just hope political operatives don't turn this into a proverbial mud-wrestling match for West Virginia's Senatorial championship belt.

I've come to know both candidates well during my career -- and even before then. Tennant is a former college classmate of mine in the broadcast news sequence at West Virginia University, and I've spoken frequently with Capito on many topics during the years. (But we always start off by talking about shoes.)

I have a great deal of respect for both opponents here, and I wish I could be that referee in the middle of the ring charged with keeping foreign objects (and influence) and dirty tricks from making their way into the match.

Both opponents need to concentrate on being the best next U.S. Senator they possibly can be -- and not just because the nation needs them to be. It's because as the state's first woman senator, they're going to be expected to be twice as good as any other male senator before them to be thought half as good.


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