For Immediate Release
June 7, 2019
EMILYs List Response to Israel Malachi’s Sexist Attack on Duluth Mayor Emily Larson
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, upon entering the race for Duluth mayor, businessman Israel Malachi belittled and attacked his opponent Mayor Emily Larson by saying “a city official should be a servant, not a mommy and not a dictator.” Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Israel Malachi’s attack on Mayor Emily Larson is not only sexist and deeply offensive, it is also disqualifying and demonstrates that he has no business running for public office. Emily made history in 2015 when she became the first woman to be elected mayor in Duluth’s history and she has served the city well. The last thing the people of Duluth need is an entitled man who thinks the best way to win an election is by attacking women — especially hardworking mothers — who are more than half of the electorate.”
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