For Immediate Release
August 26, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on the NRCC’s Homophobic Attack Against Gina Ortiz Jones
WASHINGTON, D.C — The National Republican Congressional Committee is encouraging other Republicans and conservative groups to target congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) for her sexual orientation. Karen Defilippi, vice president of federal and gubernatorial campaigns at EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“The National Republican Congressional Committee has proven once again that they will cross any and every line to try and save themselves from disaster this November. This homophobic attack against veteran and dedicated public servant Gina Ortiz Jones is further evidence of a culture of bigotry and intolerance that runs deep within their party. While Republican leadership resorts to bigotry, Texans are abandoning their shameful brand of politics. Gina is a fearless champion for Texas families and EMILYs List looks forward to her victory this fall.”
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