SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Rep. Dan Maffei must be returned to Congress to help retain the rights of women, the national chair of the Democratic National Committee said.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Florida, visited Maffei's district to join in the creation of a group called Women for Maffei.
Wasserman-Schultz said the GOP continues to work to roll back the rights of women in a number of areas. Most significantly, she said, in the area of economic equality.
"You have about 40 percent of households that the economic decisions are made by women heads of households today. And, at every turn, Republicans seem to be making it tougher for women to be able to focus on working hard, playing by the rules, and climbing those ladders to the middle class," Wasserman-Schultz said.
Maffei, D-Syracuse, faces a challenge from Republican John Katko, a former federal prosecutor.
Democrats are trying to portray Katko as a tea party Republican, who will vote to rollback rights for women.