Billionaire Who Suggested Women Use Aspirin “Between Their Knees” Says He’ll Prop Up Republicans That Will Push His Extreme Social Agenda

The same far right ideologue who suggested that women should put aspirin “between their knees” as a form of contraception is now saying he’ll spend big bucks to prop up Republicans like Josh Mandel and Dennis Rehberg, who in turn will push his radical social agenda.  Foster Friess, the ideologue billionaire bankrolling a pro-Rick Santorum Super PAC told The New Republic that he’s a big fan of Josh Mandel and Dennis Rehberg and plans to spend heavily in 8 to 10 Senate races next year. 

“The Wall Street billionaires who bankroll Josh Mandel and Dennis Rehberg are pushing an extreme agenda that’s straight out of the 1950s,” said Shripal Shah, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Why are special interest ideologues like Foster Friess spending millions to get Republicans like Josh Mandel and Dennis Rehberg elected? Because these special interest billionaires know that Mandel, Rehberg and other Republicans will be lackeys for their far right social agenda while also fighting to preserve their special interest tax breaks. ”

Friess’ announcement is just the latest example of how deep-pocketed special interests are propping up the Senate bids of Josh Mandel, Dennis Rehberg and other Republicans in order to advance their extreme agenda that hurts everyday Americans.  Other Republican special interest groups like the US Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads have already spent millions to prop up Republicans who will push an anti-middle class agenda in Washington.

Foster Friess gained national attention last week after suggesting to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell  that women put Aspirin between their legs in order to prevent pregnancy.  “You know, back in my days, they’d use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly,“ Friess told Mitchell.  Now, Republicans like Mandel and Rehberg will be forced to explain why special interest ideologues intent on advancing an extreme social agenda intend to spend millions to send them to the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, Republicans across the country have been under fire for advancing an extreme Republican social agenda that aims to distract from the GOP’s reckless economic policies.  Democratic Senate candidates are hammering their Republican opponents on social issues, echoing a trend in the presidential race. In Virginia, Tim Kaine has aggressively gone after George Allen and his fellow Virginia Republicans for neglecting important economic issues to instead push a far right social agenda, including a “personhood” bill that declares life begins at conception that could limit women’s access to contraception.  In Nevada, Dean Heller is facing criticism for supporting measures that would block access to basic health care for women and lifesaving cancer treatments instead of focusing on creating jobs.  And in Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is up with a radio ad attacking the Republican culture war, including the controversial Blunt Amendment that would allow employers to use moral objections to prevent access to any life-saving healthcare.





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