GOP Senate Candidate Says He’s Losing Because Lazy Single Women Are Dependent On Government


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New Jersey Republican Jeff Bell, who is running against incumbent Democrat Cory Booker in New Jersey’s US Senate race, told a New Jersey newspaper Thursday that he is behind Booker because single women are “wed” to the Democratic Party due to their reliance on government benefits. In a conversation with the Asbury Park Press, Bell lamented about his double-digit deficit in the polls to Booker, the former Newark mayor who was elected to the Senate last year via special election.

In Bell’s mind, the huge gender gap he is dealing with in the polls is solely based on single women feeling that they have to vote Democratic if they want to keep the benefits they need to survive.

“I’ve done a lot of thinking about this and looked at a lot of different polls, I think it has more to do with the rise in single women. Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits. They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party. But single women who have never married and don’t have children are also that way. If you take married women, they aren’t that different from married men. So it’s really a problem with the decline in marriage rates. The Democrats do benefit from that.”


With his foot placed firmly in his mouth, Bell decided to keep spouting out the broad stereotypes.

“Even before the gender gap appeared, men were more willing to vote for change. They’re more bomb-throwers. Women are more cautious. If you’re doing well among men, that is something that an insurgent candidate needs.”

Currently, Bell is well behind Booker in the polls with less than a month to go before the election. Bell hasn’t been considered a serious threat to Booker this entire time, and these latest tone-deaf comments aren’t going to help his cause. While a recent Stockton poll has Booker ‘only’ up by nine points and 11 points with women, that appears to be an outlier. A survey by Monmouth University shows Bell down 15 points with women favoring Booker by 23 points. Quinnipiac’s most recent poll shows Booker with an 11-point advantage and a 20-point lead with women.

These comments will make Bell more widely known among New Jersey voters. Even in the most recent polls, most New Jersey voters either have not heard of Bell of have no opinion of him. While this will increase Bell’s notoriety, it won’t help him at all. Oddly enough, when you say offensive things about women, or any specific group or class of people, they tend to not like you afterwards. Then again, we can’t go a week without some member the Republican Party saying something awful about women and minorities. Sometimes, they’ll just go out and make pandering sexist ads with the idea that women only care about wedding dresses and getting married, like the College Republicans did less than two weeks ago.

32 Replies to “GOP Senate Candidate Says He’s Losing Because Lazy Single Women Are Dependent On Government”

  1. Really Bell? Dependent on government and corporate welfare your whole life

    Republican Party politician, political consultant and former presidential speechwriter. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey in 1978, was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Senate in 1982

    You cant make this shit up

  2. Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits. They need benefits to survive…

    Perhaps if single mothers received child care, pay equity and a living wage from their employers the government benefits they need to survive wouldn’t be necessary.

  3. It’s too late for me now, but I was a single woman in NJ for all of the 90’s. What were all these great benefits I was supposed to be getting. I thought I was working my butt off and supporting myself.

  4. IF more women are on welfare, it’s because men don’t give birth to children (and often turn deadbeat dads). What a disgusting excuse for a politician. Speaking as a single woman with a Masters Degree and a good job? He can kiss my diploma(s).

  5. People like Bell are scared because they are becoming the minority now and are scared. Single mothers are the most determined people I have ever came across.

  6. Corey Booker is practically a superhero! all he needs is a cape. No Bell you’re losing because you’re…a LOSER!

  7. No. You’re aren’t losing because of some bull crap about women. You’re losing because of what you said about women.

    Democrats treat women like… well, women. They are equal in every right and respect. Think about it.

  8. The GOP better start teaching their people the meaning of the word “irony”. His attempt to concoct a reason women don’t vote for conservatives is a perfect example of why women don’t vote for conservatives.

  9. He is going against Booker? Why? God couldn’t beat Booker!

    Or wait, is he saying that the republicans would let single women starve along with their children?

  10. So his strategy is to insult them? If he is losing because single women depend on Dems for government assistance, then Booker is winning because corporations depend on government assistance from the government, regardless of which party is in power

  11. As a single woman raising her child after her husband decided not to support his child and having him willingly falling out of the workforce not to do so, I find Jeff Bell’s comments offensive. I raised her and financed her higher education/healthcare, and all other expenses because it is my child and I love her, without relying on government benefits – wish men in this situation could say the same. Republicans not addressing this are a joke, and do not merit the support of anyone.

  12. No,you’re losing because the policies of the Right Wing Exploitative Party are destructive to women,children ,society,the planet and the future of humankind.

  13. I’ve been a single parent since my ex and I divorced 28 years ago, I was employed in a professional capacity until I decided to retire a few years ago, was not dependent on any government “welfare” programs, and I’ve voted for democrats the entire time. Bell is upset because women like myself know when an old geezer like him is bad news for us and for America. He still possesses the mindset that women should allow men to make their decisions for them. His statement is very misogynistic, in that he conveniently forgets that some republican females are also recipients of government “welfare.” This indicates to me that he’s out of touch with reality, and that republican women who receive any form of government assistance and vote for him are harming themselves if they think he’s not including them in this comment, too.

  14. Republicans condemn Democrats for getting votes by benefitting voters, but don’t people who vote Republican do so because they think it benefits them? Republicans offer more welfare to the rich than Democrats do to the poor.

  15. Nah…

    Absolutely correct! It IS just exactly the way the TGOP treats women who, today are not home “barefoot and pregnant” as the GOP wishes, but involved! They speak the truth…which Bell and his party are afraid of and avoid at all cost AND women VOTE!

    Great post!

  16. I resent the stupidity of Bell who wants to represent me! I raised 2 daughters as a single mother.I worked 2 jobs so that they could be fitted with braces, sent them through the Catholic school system, and they both graduated from college. The eldest was a registered nurse and her sister was an Admini strative Assistant for a .major corporation in NYC> So, Bell….go to hell!

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