FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Kirk Watson’s Discredited Attacks in Austin Mayoral Race
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, responded to Kirk Watson’s continued use of discredited attacks on endorsed candidate for Austin mayor Celia Israel. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Celia Israel has always put the people of Austin first, fighting to ensure that the people too often silenced and marginalized by those in the halls of power are heard. Kirk Watson is clinging to these desperate falsehoods and innuendo in an attempt to mislead voters. Israel is fighting to advance justice, equity, and opportunity for every Austinite, and EMILYs List is proud to stand by her in this critical election.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised over $700 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure campaigns for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.