FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2012
CONTACT: Juan Garcia
Women’s Campaign Fund Announces Historic Dual Endorsement in NY-06 Congressional Race
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) issued a historic endorsement of both women candidates in the race for New York’s 6th congressional district. In a statement, WCF CEO/President Siobhan “Sam” Bennett announced the endorsement of both New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and New York State Assemblywoman Grace Meng.
“Women’s Campaign Fund is proud to stand with both Councilwoman Crowley and Assemblywoman Meng in this marquis race,” said Bennett. “As staunch supporters of women’s reproductive choices and options, both women exemplify the voices we need more of in government. We look forward to vigorously supporting both women in next week’s June 26 primary to ensure that voters will have at least one pro-choice woman’s voice in the general election.”
This is the first such dual endorsement for Women’s Campaign Fund in recent memory. While it is rare for non-profit organizations and their affiliated PACs to endorse two candidates in the same race, WCF cited the toxic political environment for women as a reason for breaking with tradition.
“This race is a must win for us,” continued Bennett. "With Congress determinedly waging a war on women, there is simply too much at stake should we fail. We desperately need more pro-choice women leaders on Capitol Hill to stand up for women and their families. If elected, both Crowley and Meng would do precisely that. But first, we need one of them to make it onto the November ballot and both women are facing a third, male candidate in this competitive primary. We hope our endorsement will encourage voters in NY-06 to get off the sidelines and into the game in this critical race."
The Women’s Campaign Fund noted that as more and more women across the country run for office, races featuring two (or more) pro-choice women candidates might become the norm.
“Unfortunately, it is still quite rare to see two women running the same race,” explained Bennett. “Even more so to have two young, pro-choice women. A race like this is a step in the right direction, but we can’t take that progress for granted. In 2010, we saw the first backslide in the number of women in Congress in over 30 years. We simply can’t let that happen again.”
The Women’s Campaign Fund is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of women in elected office who support reproductive health choices for all.