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Tuesday, March 21, 2006


NOW Endorses in PA-SEN Primary

NOW PAC has endorsed one of the Democratic opponents of front-running (and anti-choice) Senate candidate Bob Casey (D-PA) in Pennsylvania:

NOW, which was joined by the Feminist Majority Political Action Committee, said it was backing Alan Sandals in the race, not Casey, who is the leading Democratic candidate to face Sen. Rick Santorum in the November election. Casey, the state treasurer, opposes abortion, but supports exceptions if the mother's life is in danger or in the case of rape or incest.

Sandals, a Philadelphia pension lawyer, opposes laws that would "restrict women's right to choose their own destiny in matters of conception, pregnancy and bodily integrity," according to his Web site.

I applaud this move: NOW is standing up for their beliefs, and doing it constructively, within the party primary system. (There had been previous talk of former NARAL President Kate Michelman enetering the race as an Independent, which would have been very helpful to Santorum's chances of re-election.) NOW should not be in the business of supporting nominees in primaries like Bob Casey and Joe Lieberman who have either taken clear anti-choice stands or, in Joe's case, completely abandoned his pro-choice constituents.

Tell NOW there's no reason they shouldn't do the same thing in CT and endorse Ned Lamont:

Connecticut National Organization for Women
135 Broad Street
Hartford, CT 06105
860.524.1092 fax

Kathleen Sloan, Executive Director
Rosemary Dempsey, President

Kathleen Sloan responded to me very positively. Ned Lamont made a presentation to them last week. His campaign has their PAC committee questionnaire. CT NOW has attacked Lieberman for turning his back on women. Her organization hears us loud and clear!

I am sure I will not be the only one to write to CT NOW. So loud and clear we certainly will be. But what OTHER organizations should be approached as well? Is there an organization of Connecticut Democratic Women?
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