EMILY's List sure has strange ways of deciding when and where it wants to jump into other people’s business.
Take, for instance, the 2014 Florida governor’s Democratic primary.
Nan Rich, a very progressive, pro-choice candidate who EMILY’s List had supported in previous elections, was running against Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist.
Where was EMILY’s List?
Nowhere to be found.
It offered NO help and no support to Nan Rich. None. Zip. Zero. I wrote about EL’s lack of support for Rich back then.
Fast forward to 2018. Gwen Graham, the self-described, “very conservative Democrat,” runs for governor, at the time only against Andrew Gillum.
EMILY’s List is all over her like a fat kid eating cake. It even exaggerates her credentials and calls her PROGRESSIVE.
"Progressive" in what bizarro universe?
Then. THEN! EMILY’s List decides to weigh in on “skankgate”.
This pro-women’s organization had the audacity to think it can tell a MAN to tell ME, another woman, what to do.
Now, I understand that white women make .87 cents on the dollar to what white men make. I also understand that black women make .67 cents on the dollar to what white men make.
The fact that EMILY’s List went to a man, to tell me what to do, rather than come to ME to get told to jump off a bridge directly, is disrespectful! LOL!
Now, when EMILY’s List made its “request,” its PR machine sent out a press release.
It was actually kind of cute, because they put my name in it, talked about Collective PAC, and talked about what shouldn’t be allowed, etc., etc.
Where is their press release concerning Gwen Graham being open to a PRO-LIFE running mate?
Being pro-choice is what “Early Money Is Like Yeast” is supposed to be about, right?
EMILY’s List has been silent on this issue. So silent, you can hear a mouse pee on cotton IN CHURCH!
I don’t care that Graham has now walked back her comments. She was RECORDED saying David Jolly fit her criteria as a running mate.
She gushed about him more-so than anyone else, going on to brag about him having a picture of her as his twitter header!
I took a look. It’s still there! (I wonder how long it will be before she asks him to take it down.)
I hope he doesn’t take it down -- after all, SHE walked back HER comments and flip-flopped. He didn’t.
It will be a reminder of Graham’s duplicity AND the fact that EMILY’s List isn’t the progressive, pro-choice, pro-women, pro-BLACK women organization it lies and says it is.
No matter the couple of bones it throws every now and again.
Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1
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