Hochul Birth Control Controversy Won't Go Away

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BUFFALO, NY- It's been just about a week since Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was booed at a town hall meeting for her stance on birth control. This is one controversy that time hasn't quelled. Now the National Republican Congressional Committee is going straight to voters to take aim at Hochul.

For Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, it's likely a moment in time she wishes she could have back.

Clarence resident Brad Gay asked her, "Under what portion of the Constitution is the government allowed to require a private or religious organization to pay for anything for free?"

Hochul responded, "Well basically, we're not looking at the Constitution at that aspect."

The story of dozens of fiesty Catholics challenging Hochul on the President's mandate regarding birth control at Friday's Town Hall Meeting in Lancaster has been one of the most popular stories on wgrz.com.  A home video of the "we're not looking at the Constitution" moment went up on You Tube and has more than 30,000 hits. And now national conservative blogs like Times247, The American Spectator, and Weekly Standard are linking to it. The National Republican Congressional Committee is helping to the spread the video.

"I think Kathy Hochul might not care about the Constitution when it comes to supporting these big government mandates, but I think Western New Yorkers certainly do," said NRCC Regional Press Secretary Andrea Borzek

Wednesday the NRCC sent a text message out to more than 200,000 of Hochul's constituents. It says "Did you hear Kathy Hochul's attack on the Catholic Church and the Constitution?" It provides a link to WhatDoesHochulBelieve.com with a link to the Town Hall Meeting video. The NRCC is trying to capitalize on Hochul's flap as is tries to put her seat back into the hands of the GOP.

"She is in a republican district. She has not been voting along the lines of her constituents. I think it's very important for us to win this seat back," said Bozek

A spokesperson for Hochul says last Friday she simply misspoke. "The Congresswoman believes the constitution is the basis of all our laws," said spokesman Fabien Levy

Two On Your Side repeatedly asked to speak to Hochul on this issue, but Levy refused.

Reporter: Tell us why we can't speak with the Congresswoman tonight.

Levy: Congresswoman Hochul was elected to represent the people of the 26th district and she responds to them.

Reporter: But this story is going to the constituents

Levy: Yeah, and just like she made herself available at a public forum, she's always willing to answer their questions.

Not everyone agrees with those who attended the meeting. In a United Technologies/National Journal poll released yesterday, 49 percent of respondents supported the Presidents contraception compromise, while 40 percent opposed it.


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