The Tampa Bay Times reported on Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ patronizing plan to have his first-ever “women’s summit.” Bilirakis, a career politician who has been in office for two decades, said his “summit” is “for women to learn about relevant topics that have a direct impact on their lives.” Featured topics include “losing weight” and “a woman’s guide to financial planning.” Bilirakis has consistently voted against women for years, including voting against domestic violence victims’ programs and against fair pay practices for women. As the Tampa Bay Times reported,
Chris Hunter, the leading Democrat who quit his job as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa to run, called the summit "a shameless election year stunt" given Bilirakis' record on women's issues.
In 2013, Bilirakis voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which funds programs for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. In 2009, he voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows more time for women to file pay discrimination lawsuits.
"He uses his Congressional power to vote against women and then hosts a summit that patronizes women," Hunter wrote on Twitter.