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Donna Brazile: ‘The cavemen are back’

Some of North Carolina’s top women office-holders Friday heard Democratic strategist Donna Brazile rip Republicans for sending the state backwards and making it “a model of voter suppression.”

Brazile spoke at a fundraiser at Charlotte’s Ritz-Carlton hotel for Lillian’s List, a group dedicated to electing Democratic women who support abortion rights.

“We know your governor belongs to another era,” Brazile told the mostly female audience of around 500. “The dinosaurs are back. The cavemen are back.”

Democratic officials in the audience included U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, state Treasurer Janet Cowell, state Auditor Beth Wood and 15 lawmakers.

It also included Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List, a national group that served as a model for the North Carolina organization.

Brazile, the former manager of Democrat Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and now a cable news pundit, urged the audience to support more women candidates.

“The war on women in 2012 … was real, and it’s not over,” she said.

Speaking of North Carolina’s Republican-led General Assembly, she said lawmakers were “brazen.”

“They hold us in contempt because they fear our power,” she told the Democratic women.

She alluded to the state’s controversial new voting law, which in addition to requiring a photo ID by 2016 shortens the early voting period and ends same-day registration and straight-ticket voting.

North Carolina, she said, “has made itself a model of voter suppression.”

Republicans say the law, signed by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, will help ensure the integrity of the state’s voting process.

In brief comments, Hagan told the audience that it has to help ensure that “issues affecting women are no longer put on the back burner.”

The event, which marked the 15th anniversary of Lillian’s List, raised more than $67,000.

Brazile urged the guests to dig even deeper.

“If you’re serious about change,” she said, “you’re going to have to give up a little change.”

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