I won't be neutered.

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Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer – a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee – told an American Bankers Association conference yesterday that I’m the “Darth Vader of the financial services world.”

My first thought was: Really? I’ve always seen myself more as a Princess Leia-type (a senator and Resistance general who, unlike the guys, is never even remotely tempted by the dark side). Clearly the Force is not strong with Congressman Luetkemeyer (maybe he’s a Trekkie).  

But just before the whole room broke into applause for calling me a Sith Lord, he told the very same room of bankers:

Why would he go out of his way to say something so sexist and offensive? Is he hostile to all women? Clueless? Afraid? And then I had a second thought: This is all about money.

Congressman Luetkemeyer was on a panel about the “changing political landscape” in a room full of Wall Street bankers – powerful people who have been working for years to roll back financial reform. Trying to land the best zinger with my name is just one more way to earn chits and try to cash in big time with that audience.

Luetkemeyer is a Wall Street yes-man, and the financial industry has rewarded him handsomely for his reliability. Since first running for Congress in 2008, he's received nearly a million dollars from the big banks, hedge funds and credit card companies – and he's taken $50,000 specifically from the American Bankers Association.

Luetkemeyer probably thinks that he’ll make big bucks from his Wall Street friends off of his sexist remarks. So how about if we push back in the way the Congressman and his Wall Street buddies understand: It’s a big goal – but can we match the $50,000 that the American Bankers Association has given Blaine Luetkemeyer? Please chip in whatever you can afford right now.

Let me be clear: No amount of offensive remarks will stop me from standing up to House Republicans who are bought and paid for by the big banks. And no amount of name-calling will keep me from fighting for Wall Street reform, for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and for real accountability when the big banks break the law.

They can call me Darth Vader or Voldemort or the Wicked Witch of Massachusetts for all I care – but I won’t be neutered. I won’t be muzzled. And I won’t stop fighting to level the playing field for working families.   

Let’s send the big banks and their buddies in Congress a message: They can try to roll back financial reform and they can have a few laughs about the woman they want to neuter, but we’re ready to fight back anytime anywhere. Help us match Rep. Luetkemeyer’s big bank contributions right now.

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