The prestigious 43-year-old National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) has taken the step EMILY's List wouldn't and on Wednesday endorsed Nan Rich for governor of Florida.
The group did so based on Rich's "extensive history of serving the people of Florida."
Nan Rich knows Florida and has been a tireless advocate for its women. We are proud to endorse her race, said President Linda Young. She showed outstanding leadership during her time in the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate and as the first woman leader of the Senate Democrats.
In its statement, the Washington, D.C.-based, pro-women candidates organization pointed to Rich's history of effectively working across the aisle to facilitate bipartisan negotiations. She has been instrumental, NWPC said, in stopping bad legislation regarding womens rights and passing good legislation regarding the public education system, and has a proven commitment to improving the working class family through progressive legislation. She also has extensive experience in advocacy and community service, and has worked to improve the lives of women, children and families in Florida and the United States.
Rich told Sunshine State News she is "very, very appreciative and honored" at winning the NWPC's endorsement. "This has been an outstanding organization for many years, and it's so good to see an organization living up to its stated mission. Their support means a great deal to me."
EMILY's List, meanwhile, a national organization that claims to exist to further pro-choice women candidates seeking higher office, still will not say why it hasn't endorsed Rich in Florida. The List supported her in previous years when she ran for seats in the state Legislature.
Yet, last November it circulated a pitch letter specifically calling to elect more women governors.
Said the letter, "One Democratic woman governor in our country is not enough. In 2014 we need the full weight of the EMILY's List community -- all 3 million of you -- behind Wendy Davis, Mary Burke, and Allyson Schwartz who are fighting to become the voices for women and families as governors of their states." EMILY's list has made no mention of Rich throughout the 2014 election season and is widely thought to be under pressure from the Democratic National Committee and the White House to do nothing that would endanger Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.
Nan Rich should be elected as Floridas governor. She has proven that she stands with the women of Florida. She will continue to be an advocate for our rights in the states highest office, NWPC Vice President of Political Planning Donna Lent said.
The NWPC, founded in 1971, identifies itself as a national, nonpartisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government.
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