Female political leaders in the 17th congressional district are accusing Democratic candidate Alessandra Biaggi of age discrimination for last month’s claim that women beyond “childbearing age” would not be effective legislators.
“Nevertheless, at the risk of sounding old, it is important to ask: if a majority of Congress is past child-bearing age, how fierce can we expect their struggle to be?” Biaggi asked in a July 5th Tweet now spreading like wildfire in the newly drawn borough, which includes parts of Westchester County, all of Rockland and Putnam counties, and parts of Dutchess County.
Biaggi tried to clean up her miss in a episode tweeting, adding: “And leave me alone [very] clear: It’s not that we don’t need our older people in office, but that they are well represented and have to make room for younger managers.”
“This is ageism and genderism,” said 82-year-old Putnam County Assemblyman Sandra Galef.
“I was elected to the congregation when I was 52. I was of childbearing age. Why would she say that? The people voting are 50 and older. Why do you want to categorize people by age?” added Galef, who said she supports Biaggi’s rival, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, for the Democratic nomination.
“This is discrimination.”
Westchester County Democratic Party Chair Suzanne Berger, 65, called Biaggi’s testimony “misguided,” adding that it “shows a lack of maturity.”
“We’ve worked to empower all women, not just women under 40,” added Berger, who also supports Maloney. “The statement is untrue and politically unwise.”
The Yonkers teachers’ union also rebuked 36-year-old Biaggi, who is supported by Socialist MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the left-wing Working Families Party.
“@Biaggi4NY Not cool. Many of our members have been marching through the streets since before they were born. Disappointing. @spmaloney”, the Yonker’s Teachers Association said in a reply.
veteran political advisor Jennifer Cunningham tweeted: “Fuck you @Biaggi4NY. I am past child-raising age and a lifelong, fiercer fighter than you will ever be.”
Biaggi’s tweet resurfaced after a pro-Maloney group called “Hudson PAC” recently sent out mailers to remind voters of her remark. She defended her original tweet after the backlash.
“Thanks Hudson PAC for sharing one of my best tweets with NY-17 voters who believe our leaders’ age diversity is quite important to results,” she said in a Monday tweet with a smile and a heart emoji.
“Alessandra Biaggi believes our government should be as diverse as our country — including racial, economic, gender and age diversity,” Biaggi campaign spokeswoman Monica Klein told The Post, “which is why we need more young people in Congress , just like us, we need more women, working people and people of color.”
https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/alessandra-biaggi-accused-of-ageism-for-tweet-on-women-past-child-bearing-age/ Alessandra Biaggi has been accused of ageism over tweets about women who are past childbearing age