One of the biggest shoes in the endorsement closet dropped early this morning. Matthews press release:
Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed progressive Kathleen Matthews, who’s running to continue her work fighting for women and families in Congress in Maryland’s Eighth District.
“Kathleen Matthews is a lifelong advocate for women and families and a dynamic leader who will fight for progressive change in Congress,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “As a news anchor at WJLA-TV, she put a spotlight on issues affecting women and families – jobs, education, health care, and equality in the workplace – and as an executive, she spearheaded efforts to advance women’s careers and women-owned businesses around the world. Maryland’s Eighth District has never elected a Democratic woman to Congress, and the EMILY’s List community is thrilled to endorse Kathleen Matthews: a pro-choice leader fighting for Planned Parenthood and deeply committed to helping Maryland working families get a fair shot.”
EMILY’s List has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. Since it’s founding in 1985, they have trained over 9,000 women to run for office and helped elect over 100 women to the House and 19 women to the Senate, including Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.
“I have long admired EMILY’s List and the women candidates they have promoted, like Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, who was the first woman the organization helped elect in 1986. I share their values of putting women and families first and will fight to protect a woman’s right to choose, ensure equal pay for equal work, and protect Planned Parenthood funding,” said Kathleen Matthews. “I am honored by their support and confidence in my candidacy, and this endorsement adds tremendous momentum to our campaign six months before the primary election.”
The big question: how much money comes with this endorsement? Not all EL endorsements are created equal. We’ll have to wait and see, but my sense is this one is going to come with a lot of money.