Pro-Abortion Group Names Top 5 Candidates It Supports in 2010 Elections
by Steven Ertelt
September 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-abortion organization has released a list of its top five candidates it will be supporting in the 2010 elections. Emily’s List, which only supports pro-abortion candidates who back taxpayer-funded abortions and oppose a ban on partial-birth abortions, is helping bankroll their campaigns.
In an email LifeNews.com obtained, Emily’s List president Ellen Malcolm says the five candidates need support from abortion advocates because pro-life groups are eager to rebuild following losses in 2006 and 2008.
"They’re spreading bold-faced lies and running attack ads against members of Congress, including many of the women we helped elect. But we can stop them," she says, adding that pro-life advocates are "desperate to regain power."
First on the list is pro-abortion Rep. Betsy Markey, who represents a northern Colorado congressional district that leans Republican. She defeated pro-life Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, who has since gone on to work with the Susan B. Anthony list, Emily’s List’s main competition.
"Markey has built an impressive national profile since unseating" the "radical" Musgrave, Malcolm contends, despite "a summer marked by right-wing attacks."
She admits that "there’s no doubt this will be one of the toughest re-elections in the country in 2010" and Markey will likely face pro-life state Rep. Cory Gardner. Malcolm complains that Gardner "is vehemently anti-choice" because he supports pro-life legislation.
In Ohio, the pro-abortion group is behind Mary Jo Kilroy, who narrowly beat Steve Stivers, who recently announced he is running once more.
Ohio is a key battleground state, and when Mary Jo faced off with Stivers in 2008, she won by less than one percent of the vote. This year’s race may well be a similar photo finish.
Emily’s List is also supporting Suzanne Kosmas who unseated Republican incumbent Tom Feeney in this Republican-leaning district in 2008. Several candidates are vying to take her on in the November 2010 election and Malcolm claims they "are already running misleading ads targeting Suzanne."
"She’s working hard to raise the funds she’ll need to fight off right-wing attacks and discourage a serious challenger. But in a challenging district for Democrats where attacks are already being leveled against her, Suzanne is depending on you to help," the group’s fundraising missive says.
In Missouri, pro-abortion Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is hoping to pick up a pro-life Senate seat. She will face another big name in Missouri politics, pro-life Rep. Roy Blunt.
Malcolm claims Blunt "has stretched the truth about health care to bolster his opposition to reform" but pointing out how the government-run health care bills foster abortion funding.
"This will be one of the highest profile races in the country, and winning won’t be easy – statewide Missouri races often are won or lost by only a handful of votes," she says.
In Florida, the pro-abortion group wants State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink to become governor, replacing Gov. Charlie Crist.
Sink faces pro-life Attorney General Bill McCollum in a marquis race for the Florida governorship and she complains McCollum is "known for being radically anti-choice."
"Democrats have a chance to win back the governorship after a decade of Republican rule, and recent polling shows this is an extremely close race, putting Alex within striking distance to win the race for governor in this crucial battleground state. But Republicans, led by Jeb Bush, will do whatever it takes to hold on to the governor’s mansion," Malcolm says.
Although Malcolm writes that each of the pro-life advocates her preferred candidates will take on have received money from citizens groups to support their candidacies, Malcolm pleads for millions of dollars to back her pet candidates. She never mentions that the support from Emily’s List is special interest money as well.
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