Local political activist Mike Berlon is one of several Democrats across the country to speak out against remarks by a rival.
Berlon, the Loganville lawyer who heads the state Democratic Party, took issue with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus statement: "If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we'd have problems with caterpillars."
The comments were made about the recent controversies around issues such as birth control, which has caused some backlash among women.
Berlon said the issue is serious.
"In Georgia, a Republican representative compared women giving birth to his experiences in delivering cows and pigs, and Democratic state senators were compelled to walk out of the Senate in protest of these damaging policies to women's health," Berlon said. "Republicans have been fighting tirelessly to implement policies that are antiquated on women's health. Their leading candidate, Mitt Romney, supports the Blunt-Rubio amendment that would give any employer the ability to deny their employees coverage for health care services like contraception based on the employer's own beliefs.
"Women are aware of these attempts to undermine their health care, and Republicans don't like the attention. Instead of having a serious debate on these issues, they mock them by comparing women to barnyard animals or insects."
Berlon said he expects women to send a message to Republicans in November.
Whiteside to run
With races heating up for State Court judge, Superior Court judge and Probate Court judge, due to the impending retirements of long-time jurists, another election battle is squaring up for the justice side of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Last week, Brian Whiteside announced he would seek the Republican nomination for clerk of court.
Whiteside, a Lilburn man who worked in law enforcement before he became a lawyer 16 years ago, said he wants to fix some disorganization problems that have plagued the office since the death of 11-year-incumbent Tom Lawler last year.
Eight years ago, Whiteside had his first foray into politics, with an unsuccessful challenge to popular incumbent Sheriff Butch Conway.
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