For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Endorses Lois Frankel
Moves From "On the List" To A Full Recommendation
Washington D.C. -- EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, announced today that it is endorsing Lois Frankel, moving the candidate in Florida's twenty-second congressional district from "On the List" to a full recommendation.
"On the List" was created because of the dramatic growth in the EMILY's List community -- now over 900,000 members -- who are getting their information earlier, quicker and on the web. These supporters are ready to take action now and "On the List" makes sure candidates have early access to them. Frankel is part of the first group of 2012 House candidates to move from "On the List" to a full recommendation.
"Lois Frankel's dynamic leadership as Mayor of West Palm Beach created a better economic climate for families in South Florida and they won't soon forget that," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List.
"Now running against right-wing political extremist Allen West, Frankel represents the Democrats' best opportunity to take back this seat from a Tea Party radical who told DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz she was 'no lady,' deserved no respect, and should 'shut the heck up.' Allen West's sexist attacks and disturbing antics have voters experiencing major buyer's remorse. Lois is ready to work for real solutions and bring civility back to Washington. The entire EMILY's List community is energized for this race and proud to put our full support behind Lois Frankel for Congress."
Frankel was first elected to the Florida State House in 1986. Her impressive leadership in the legislature earned her the post of first woman Minority Leader. As leader of the Democratic caucus, Frankel wasn't afraid to challenge Jeb Bush and Republican legislators. She spearheaded the fight for legislation to reduce family violence and tackled the tobacco industry's targeting of minors. In 2003, Frankel was elected Mayor of West Palm Beach. Frankel delivered expansive development projects that brought an economic resurgence to the area. The Sun Sentinel dubbed Frankel, "a strong Mayor with dynamic vision."
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 900,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 86 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.