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Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Surprising Comments About Gov. Scott Walker and Women


"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand."

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, left, a Florida congresswoman, speaks to the media at a gathering for supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Weston, Fla. Rich later conceded defeat to her opponent Charlie Crist in the primary election for the democratic nomination for Florida Governor. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Wednesday accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) of pursuing an anti-woman agenda that is akin to a slap in the face and a violent hair-pulling.

"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand," she said, using slang for a backhanded slap. "I know that is stark. I know that is direct. I know that is reality."

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, left, accused Wisconsin's GOP governor of pursuing an anti-woman agenda. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

"What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back," she added, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It is not going to happen on our watch."

Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, cited as examples, Walker's opposition to a minimum wage hike, and opposition to a bill that would give people a way to fight back against employment discrimination.

The Journal Sentinel said Democrats are hoping to rally their base for the November election, in which Mary Burke (D) is running against Walker. Polls that were released in August showed a virtual tie, although some showed Burke leader Walker.

"She has run a campaign from beginning to now that is exactly on track to make sure she's elected governor, a slow rolling boil that will eventually reach a crescendo that will send her to the governor's office," Wasserman Schultz said.

It's the second time this week that a Democrat has used especially harsh language to describe their Republican opponents. In Alabama, a Democratic candidate for the House said the GOP is "worse than" the Islamic State, and said Republican policies amount to economic terrorism.

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