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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

 

NOW PAC Endorses Ned Lamont for Senate

It's official:

These are precarious times for women. We cannot be satisfied with a senator who votes for women much of the time, or even most of the time. We need courageous leaders who will protect and advance all of our rights all of the time. The winner of this election will have profound influence on national policy which directly affects women and girls in Connecticut, in the nation and throughout the world. We are confident that we have found principled leadership in Ned Lamont and are proud to endorse his candidacy for U.S. Senate.


Keep in mind, NOW rarely endorses in primaries.

They did so with Alan Sandals in the PA senate race, but Bob Casey (a) isn't an incumbent, and (b) is staunchly opposed to reproductive rights.

Joe Lieberman, on the other hand, is an 18-year incumbent who puts phrases like "protecting women's right to choose" in his campaign ads. He claims to be firmly pro-choice.

This endorsement is absolutely devastating to that claim.

(Full statement from NOW PAC after the jump...)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2006
CONTACT: Mai Shiozaki
c. 202-641-1906

NOW PAC Endorses Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in Connecticut

Statement of NOW PAC Officer Melody Drnach

The National Organization for Women Political Action Committee is pleased to announce its endorsement of Democratic candidate Ned Lamont for the United States Senate. The purpose of NOW PAC is to advance women's rights through electoral activity. NOW PAC is the only political action committee that bases its endorsements on a candidate's support of the full range of feminist issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Support for reproductive rights without restriction

  • Economic equality for women

  • Civil rights for all

  • Constitutional equality for women

  • Affirmative action

  • Elimination of violence against women.


Our endorsements go to the strongest feminist candidates. We listen to our membership and respond to their requests for action in races in their states. Therefore, pursuant to the request of Connecticut NOW, NOW PAC is endorsing Ned Lamont for the U.S. Senate.

Ned Lamont ardently supports a full range of reproductive choices for women. He certainly understands that reproductive justice includes full access for rape victims to emergency contraception. Ned Lamont recognizes that "civil rights for all" encompasses the right of everyone to marry the person they choose regardless of gender. He acknowledges that support of the continuing war in Iraq continues to decimate our economy and our standing in the world. Finally, Ned Lamont knows that allowing Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation vote to proceed in the Senate has put Roe v. Wade in extreme jeopardy.

The stacking of the courts has emboldened those who wish to turn back all progress in the area of civil rights, privacy rights, and of course reproductive rights. The attack on Roe in South Dakota was predictable and a direct consequence of the confirmation of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. The strategy to pack the courts with right-wing judges who are committed to overturning Roe is no secret. Yet, Senator Lieberman is one of seven Democrats who have promised not to filibuster any of President Bush's judicial nominees, except under "extraordinary circumstances." Well if packing the Supreme Court with abortion opponents like John Roberts and Samuel Alito is not an extraordinary circumstance, then we don't know what is.

These are precarious times for women. We cannot be satisfied with a senator who votes for women much of the time, or even most of the time. We need courageous leaders who will protect and advance all of our rights all of the time. The winner of this election will have profound influence on national policy which directly affects women and girls in Connecticut, in the nation and throughout the world. We are confident that we have found principled leadership in Ned Lamont and are proud to endorse his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

Comments:
"Finally, Ned Lamont knows that allowing Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation vote to proceed in the Senate has put Roe v. Wade in extreme jeopardy."

great stuff; so glad to see that this item will not be allowed to disappear off the radar screen -

joementum thought that he was gonna get away with his sleight of hand shell game crap, where joementum first voted FOR cloture to allow the alito confirmation vote to proceed, and then joementum cast a meaningless vote against alito, unlike chris dodd who first voted AGAINST cloture, which was the ONLY meaningful vote regarding alito!
 
Lieberman's entire campaign is predicated on the presumption that Connecticut Democrats won't be paying attention. This is no different. 'Shell game' is an apt description for the cynical politics of Joe Lieberman.
 
Most excellent!

WTG Now! Lieberman is so scary and such a DINO.

Off topic, did eberyone see NARAL endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton?

Not so good.
 
As a voter it's great to know that there are people like Ned Lamont willing to stand up to a political machine like Lieberman.

Lamont could win.

Look at what happened in New Orleans. Mayor Ray Nagin won over Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. Eveyone thought Landrieu would win. Landrieu comes from old money, legendary clout, and recognition. But Nagin beat him. It can be done.
 
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