For Immediate Release
EMILY's List Endorses Ann Kirkpatrick
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 Ann Kirkpatrick, moving the candidate in Arizona's first 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. Kirkpatrick is in the first group of 2012 House candidates to move from "On the List" to a full recommendation.
"Ann Kirkpatrick is a fierce advocate for women and families, and her pioneering leadership is what Washington needs," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List. "Republican incumbent Paul Gosar, backed early by Sarah Palin, rode the Tea Party wave to victory in 2010, but instead of focusing on his campaign promise of jobs, he pulled a bait-and-switch to prioritize an extreme anti-woman, anti-family agenda.
"Voters in Arizona's first congressional district are experiencing buyers' remorse, and they are ready to bring back the strong representation of Ann Kirkpatrick. After the election, Gosar hired Palin devotees who have recently come under fire for serious mismanagement of his congressional office. Ann has always put the needs of her constituents first -- working to create jobs and streamline services. This district is key to winning the House back in 2012 and Ann is ready for a rematch. The entire EMILY's List community stands with Ann and we're proud to put our full support behind her candidacy for Congress."
Born and raised among the Apache, Kirkpatrick worked her way through law school to become the first woman deputy county attorney in Coconino. In Congress, she took on leadership roles on veterans' issues and tirelessly worked for the betterment of her district, helping to save and create jobs, strengthen border security, and empower the Native American population.
EMILY's List supported Kirkpatrick when she first ran for Congress in 2008.
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.