By Stephanie Green
January 15, 2014
Taking in a crowd of 400 young women, mostly twenty-and thirty-somethings, packed into a room on Capitol Hill last night, House Speaker John Boehner said: “No one would have ever believed this was a young Republican women’s event.”
This was his way of acknowledging a concern for Republicans heading into the 2014 midterm congressional elections: The gender gap, especially among so-called “Sex and the City voters,” unmarried, professionals under 40.
“I’m glad they’re here,” he said.
Co-founder Brittany Thune, 26 and the daughter of Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, said she was inspired to get a network of under-40s together for “low dollar, high volume” fundraisers after seeing the disappointing results for her party in 2012. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem were on hand — among just four Republican women in the Senate and 19 in the House.