Republicans continue to struggle with electing women to office because of the remnants of the party’s “old boy network,” says the man who leads the party’s effort to win state and local elections.
Chris Jankowski, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said Republican women who want to run often face obstacles in the male-dominated world of local politics. He said the party is making progress on that front, but that it remains an issue.
“It’s not hard to recruit women to run; they are running,” Jankowski said Monday. “I think sometimes our party does not value them as much.”
Jankowski cited the boys’ club that often determines who gets support in local races.
“It’s safe to say that there are institutional barriers. We’ve met with candidates who felt like they weren’t part of the old boy network,” he said. “It can be a bit of a male-dominated club at that level, and it’s important that they feel welcome and they’re given the resources.”