For Immediate Release
October 15, 2018
EMILYs List Statement on Karin Housley’s Shameful Facebook Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Huffington Post reported that Karin Housley, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Minnesota, compared former first lady Michelle Obama to a “chimp” in a Facebook post in 2009. Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“It’s very simple: someone making these kinds of shameful comments has no place in the Senate. Minnesota voters deserve better than Karin Housley, who still refuses to apologize.”
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