Apparently Kay Bailey Hutchinson is taking the statement as some sort of gender-based attack, although to my ears it sounds more like yet another argument about GOP keeping itself pure (ie: Only well off white guys need apply).
A comment by a strategist for Gov. Rick Perry that the Republican Party shouldn’t open itself “like a whorehouse” to new voters has infuriated prominent GOP women in Texas and given Perry’s primary rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, fuel for the re-election fight.
Perry is trying to distance himself from the remark, published in the Dallas Morning News, by consultant David Carney, but as Texas Republicans split into the governor’s social conservative camp and Hutchison’s more moderate one before the March 2010 primary, the damage was done.
Carney said he agreed the Republican Party needed to attract new voters. But, he added, “that doesn’t mean you take your principles and throw them out the door and become a whorehouse and let anybody in who wants to come in, regardless.”
Taken either way, not exactly “big tent” in action.