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Gibbs’ ‘abhorrent’ posts against women pose latest test to campaign

GRAND RAPIDS — Republican congressional candidate John Gibbs’ quest to win a West Michigan district already leaning blue may become a bigger uphill battle after past misogynistic comments from the Trump-backed candidate surfaced online in which he blasted women’s suffrage and their presence in the workplace.

CNN uncovered the blog posts from Gibbs’ time as a student at Stanford in the early 2000s, including one in which Gibbs railed against “the damages done by the 19th amendment,” which granted women the right to vote. The Free Press has not independently verified the authenticity of the blog posts.

“This is a tough one to overcome,” said Bill Jackson, a former conservative political consultant who lives in West Michigan, of Gibbs’ past comments.

“It’s something that’s going to be discussed no doubt the rest of the campaign,” said Allie Walker, vice president of Detroit-based public relations firm Truscott Rossman, who lives in Grand Rapids.

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