Two Weston first selectmen — the current one, Democrat Gayle Weinstein, and her predecessor, Republican Woody Bliss — put aside party differences and attended a rally in Hartford on Sunday to support women’s rights.
Unite Women CT took place at Bushnell Park in the state capital as part of a national rally day sponsored by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, among other organizations.
“Women’s health issues are important to me,” said Ms. Weinstein, who is a member of the Connecticut Coalition for Choice. “I wanted to go and support the cause, and to support Woody,” she said.
Mr. Bliss, chairman of the Connecticut chapter of the Republican Majority for Choice, was one of just two Republicans who spoke at the event. Other speakers included Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, and Connecticut first lady Cathy Malloy.
“I align with the Republican Party because I firmly believe in limited government, free markets, and sound fiscal and tax policy. I believe that the government should do only that which individuals cannot do for themselves. I am a pro-choice Republican because I believe the government has no constitutional authority to legislate behavior,” Mr. Bliss said in his remarks before a crowd of about 100 people.
“Pro-choice Republicans do exist. You are looking at one right now,” Mr. Bliss said.
He argued that the best way to preserve reproductive choices is to elect mainstream candidates whose views reflect the overwhelming majority of American’s views. “Without moderate leaders from both parties, we leave the fringe to legislate and we leave reproductive choice policy yo-yoing based on election cycles,” he said.