Unconventional election could have long-term effects on political parties
By Tony Flesor
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Despite having the first woman presidential candidate from a major political party in the race, gender issues are removed from the spotlight of this year’s presidential election.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck brought two of its Washington insiders to Denver for its Women’s Leadership Initiative networking event Wednesday at Tamayo. The evening’s discussion focused on their take on the upcoming election, as it gets down to the “final stretch” to November. Despite the context of the evening as a women’s networking event, gender issues were outside the conversation for the evening as well.
Panelists Judy Black and Elizabeth Gore, both policy directors in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, briefly touched on the issue by pointing out that the increasing influence of women politicians at large has allowed them to focus on their own areas of expertise. However, Gore described the gender disparity as “more subtle and more insidious.”
“People are saying Hillary Clinton needs to smile more, people say that she seems angry, and people say Hillary Clinton isn’t likeable,” Gore said. “Oh my God, have any of these people seen Donald Trump?”