Some Tampa Democrat concerned about 'Palin effect'

09/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The leaders of a women's political organization launched earlier this year to support Hillary Clinton are speaking out against what they say are examples of media sexism toward Sarah Palin and urging members to tell the press corps "to back off."

WomenCount, a group co-founded by top Hillary fundraiser Susie Tompkins Buell, has posted a lengthy item on its blog objecting to questions over whether Palin can, as a mother of five, juggle her family responsibilities and still be vice president.

The group says, however, that they do not approve of Palin's politics.

Another group of women who don’t approve of Palin’s politics was in Tampa today at Mise En Place restaurant, at a luncheon for the Democratic Professionals Council Network.

Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena compared Palin to Hillsborough County state Sen. Ronda Storms.

Environmentalist Deborah Cope has run for the Florida House in previous years. She said she was stunned to learn of the 20-point bounce among white women that John McCain has gained, according to the Washington Post.

Janet Cruz-Rifkin, a Democratic Party political consultant, says even though she believes many woman will oppose Palin because of her positions on social issues, she sees why some have been drawn to the Alaskan governor.

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