Pro-Life Group Backs Democratic Party Chair Challenger

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 8, 2012   |   11:25AM   |   Washington, DC

Today, the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, a national pro-life political action committee, announced new endorsements for the 2012 election cycle — including supporting a pro-life candidate taking on the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

The SBA List endorsed Karen Harrington in Florida, Mia Love in Utah and Alecia Webb-Edgington in Kentucky.

Harrington is taking on pro-abortion DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whom pro-abortion President Barack Obama hand-picked to become the head of the party as he runs for re-election for another four-year term.

“With their unique backgrounds in business, public service, and law enforcement, Karen Harrington, Mia Love, and Alecia Webb-Edgington are models of successful pro-woman, pro-life leadership,” said SBA List Candidate Fund president Marjorie Dannenfelser.  “They are exactly the type of candidates that voters are looking to elect this fall.”

“These ladies understand that the real ‘war on women’ is the one being waged against women of faith and conscience by the Obama administration, its allies in Congress, and the abortion-lobby,” continued Dannenfelser. “They will fight back. The SBA List Candidate Fund is proud to endorse these women and we look forward to seeing them grow the ranks of the Pro-life Women’s Caucus.”

Javier Manjarres, of the Shark Tank conservative blog, says the endorsements can’t be understated.

“The SBA is one of the most, if not the most influential and respected Pro-Life organizations in the country. Not only does this endorsement carry a lot of weight throughout Washington, D.C., but due to the rigorous vetting process that candidates go through, recipients of the endorsement are privileged to  receive ‘bundled’ funding from the organization and its members,” he said. “The SBA does not just hand out this endorsement-recipients of this endorsement are a select and privileged few.”

Harrington responded to the endorsement, saying, “I am truly honored that the Susan B. Anthony List has embraced our campaign to defeat one of the most polarizing and radical pro-choice members of Congress, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

On her campaign website, Karen Harrington comments on the sanctity of life: “I firmly believe that the right to life for all human beings must be respected at every stage of biological development, from conception to natural death.  I oppose abortion in all cases except in instances when the life of the mother is legitimately endangered.”

Harrington was endorsed by Florida Right to Life in the 2010 elections. A three time cancer survivor, Harrington is also a strong advocate for cancer and autism awareness. She currently owns and operates Ricky’s Restaurant and Lounge, a family restaurant that has been in business for almost thirty years.

Wasserman Schultz spent nearly a million dollars to defeat Karen Harrington in the 2010 midterm elections where Harrington earned 38 percent of the vote. Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Shultz also has a 100 percent rating with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and has been endorsed by NARAL.

Wasserman Schultz was named by pro-abortion President Barack Obama to take over as the head of the Democratic Party nationally and prepare for his re-election campaign next year. At the time of her appointment to the position, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards praised Wasserman Schultz as a “heroine” for her extensive abortion advocacy. The appointment made it clear Obama would not run from his lengthy pro-abortion record.

Mia Love is a rising star in the 2012 elections, but the mother of three is no stranger to politics. In 2003, Mia Love was elected as a city councilwoman in Saratoga Springs, Utah, becoming the city’s mayor in 2009. Born in New York to Haitian immigrants, Mia Love says she has lived the “American dream” and has committed her life to giving back. If elected, Love will be the first African-American Republican woman elected to Congress.

On April 21, Mia Love won the Utah state Republican nominating convention with 70 percent of the vote. Love will face Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson in Utah’s newly created 4th Congressional District in November.

Alecia Webb-Edgington has a longstanding and admirable record of protecting the women and families of Kentucky, first with the state police and later as a pro-life leader in the state house. Alecia Webb-Edgington currently serves the 63rd District of Kentucky in the Kentucky state house where she has a 100 percent pro-life voting record after having been endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life and Northern Kentucky Right to Life in 2008.

Prior to serving in the state house, Webb-Edgington worked for the Kentucky State Police as the chief information officer and later became the first female head of the office of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

On her campaign website, Alecia states that she is “100% pro-life” and that “as a Christian and a mother, [she] believes life begins at conception.” Seven Republicans have filed for the May 22 primary. The winner will face a Democratic opponent for this open seat vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis. Both Rep. Geoff Davis and Sen. Jim Bunning have endorsed Alecia Webb-Edgington.