Feminist Majority PAC and NOW PAC Endorse Rep. Carolyn Maloney for Clinton’s Senate Seat

Emily Douglas

Feminist Majority PAC and NOW PAC have endorsed Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman from New York (and Rewire contributor!) for Sen. Hillary Clinton's seat.

Ever since the first indications that President-Elect Obama would select Sen. Hillary Clinton to be the next Secretary of State, Rewire has been calling for a replacement for Clinton who will be a true leader on, not just a supporter of, women’s health and rights in the Senate. Now comes news that Feminist Majority PAC and NOW PAC have endorsed Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman from New York (and Rewire contributor!) for Clinton’s seat. Maloney has been a leader on many issues of concern to women, including restoring funding to UNFPA and battling the birth control price hike. She has spoken vociferously in favor of equal pay legislation, and her recent book, "Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated,"calls for a renewed movement for gender equality.

Writes the Feminist Daily News Wire,

Congresswoman Maloney has served in Congress for 16 years and has also
served as a New York City Councilwoman. She chairs the Joint Economic
Committee of the House and Senate and the Financial Institutions
Subcommittee of the House’s Financial Services Committee. She is also a
senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Maloney has done key work on feminist issues including family and
medical leave, processing of rape kits, reproductive health issues, and
working to end gender apartheid in Afghanistan.

 

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Meanwhile, New York Governor David Paterson and Caroline Kennedy have discussed Kennedy’s taking the seat, reports ABC News.

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NOW And Feminist Majority Endorse Obama-Biden Ticket For 2012

Robin Marty

Both women's rights organizations announce their support of the presidential reelection campaign.

Women are likely to key votes in this year’s presidential election, and two women’s rights groups are making their preferences known.

The National Organization for Women PAC and the Feminist Majority both endorsed the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2012, calling this a critical year for the rights of women.

“Simply put, this election will cast the die on whether we will go forward on women’s rights and opportunities or whether we will undo the gains of the past 40 years. Nothing less is at stake,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority via statement. “As a woman and feminist leader who has fought for and played a part in many of these advances for women, I frankly feel virtually all of these advances are on the line in this election.”

NOW’s political action committee said the same in their own, separate endorsement of the ticket.

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“The extremists’ War on Women is all too real, and in order to win this struggle we must have strong allies in the White House who will work with us to implement policies that empower the women of this country to live healthy, safe and productive lives. President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have shown time and again that they are our allies.”

NOW cites the administration’s work to enhance women’s lives through policies like the Affordable Care Act and the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

These legislative bills don’t just effect women, but are of greatest importance to independent female voters without college degrees, who are most vulnerable to health care expenses and unequal pay. EMILY’s List, who has been researching that particular voter block, has revealed in their own study that President Barack Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney by 8 points — 48 to 40 — in swing states.

Their preferences are not just influencing the presidential race, but could affect the election down the ticket, too. EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said:

“In these tough economic times, independent women voters want candidates who will focus on putting them back to work, support equal pay, and protect vital programs like Medicare and Social Security,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “The Pro-choice, Democratic women who EMILY’s List support are exactly the kinds of candidates these voters are looking for – veterans, police chiefs, mothers, and community leaders who will fight for middle class families instead of creating partisan gridlock.”

Will the endorsement of these major women’s rights groups convince more independent women voters to support for the ticket, or will they turn off that group as a sign of continuing partisanship? We’ll have to watch the polling to see.

Caroline Kennedy Withdraws Senate Bid

Emily Douglas

The next Senator from New York is going to be pro-choice, but he or she isn't going to be Caroline Kennedy. The New York Times reports that Kennedy will withdraw her bid for just-confirmed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Senate seat.

The next Senator from New York is going to be pro-choice, but he or she isn’t going to be Caroline Kennedy.  The New York Times reports that Kennedy will withdraw her bid for just-confirmed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.  The Times reports that her concern over her uncle’s poor health, an his seizure at President Obama’s inaugural luncheon, lead her to reconsider the position.  According to the Times’s source, New York Gov. David Paterson had told Kennedy that the job was hers "if she would accept it."

Though Kennedy had no public record on reproductive health, she did state publicly after making her ambitions known that she fully supported Roe.

The other front-runners for the position — Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Kristen Gillibrand — are all pro-choice. Gov. Paterson’s choice is expected imminently, as Clinton resigned her Senate seat today, just after being confirmed as Secretary of State.

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