| When I wrote this post over the weekend I had no idea that EMILY's List was about to endorse Becky Greenwald in her race against Tom Latham.
Here is an excerpt from an EMILY's List press release today, announcing the group's backing for Greenwald as well as for Sharen Neuhardt in Ohio's seventh Congressional district:
"Running in emerging take-back opportunities for the House, Becky Greenwald and Sharen Neuhardt represent the dynamic, capable, and visionary leaders we need in Congress today," said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List. "Hailing from the swing states of Iowa and Ohio , these exceptional candidates have the passion and experience to tackle the real problems facing their districts. Their backgrounds and leadership will be valued assets in the upcoming freshman class in Congress. EMILY's List members are proud to support these Democratic women and help elect them to the United States House in November."
Becky Greenwald, Iowa 's 4th congressional district
In this history-making campaign, Becky Greenwald will be the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States House of Representatives. Born and raised in Iowa , Greenwald has a strong understanding of the needs and concerns of everyday Iowans. Greenwald has been actively involved in the agricultural business in Iowa for over two decades. In Congress, she is committed to fighting for the issues that are most important to voters in the fourth district - forging a sustainable energy plan, ensuring access to health care, and fighting for higher wages and income security. In addition to her work at Iowa seed companies, she has held many leadership positions in the state Democratic Party and with agricultural organizations such as the American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) and Iowa Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC). Becky Greenwald is committed to working for the families of the fourth district by standing with them on today's critical issues and by bringing a new brand of politics to Washington.
Gaining the support of EMILY's List is a big boost for Greenwald, not only financially but also in terms of raising the profile of this race. Late last week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put IA-04 on its list of "emerging races".
Here is the Greenwald campaign's statement on this endorsement:
Waukee, IA - Today, EMILY's List announced they are endorsing Becky Greenwald for Congress in Iowa's 4th District. In announcing their endorsement, EMILY's List cited the historic nature of this race. Iowa is the only state in the country that has the opportunity to elect their first woman to federal office, and this is the first time EMILY's List has endorsed a candidate in Iowa's 4th District.
EMILY's List supports pro-choice Democratic female candidates. Their endorsement comes with financial support and a national network of voters who support progressive women for office.
"We are thrilled that EMILY's List has endorsed our race," said Becky Greenwald. "EMILY's List recognized the opportunity to make history this year."
"But I'm not going to Washington to make history. I will go to Washington, roll up my sleeves, and work across the aisle to get things done for the people of the 4th District," Greenwald continued. "For too long, Tom Latham has been a wingman for George Bush and blames Congress, the same place he has been for 14 years, for getting nothing done for Iowans. Enough is enough."
Greenwald is on her "Enough is Enough Tour" exposing Tom Latham's lack of action on education, national security, energy, healthcare and the economy. Last week, the campaign launched www.replacetomlatham.com and the Latham-Bush caption contest.
Tomorrow Becky will focus on the economy and small businesses during public events in Waukee, Perry and Iowa Falls:
Wednesday, September 17th
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Chit n' Chat, 13 Carefree Lane
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Perry Noon Rotary, Perry Country Club
352 330th St
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Iowa Falls, IA
Coffee Attic, 604 Washington Ave
Please post a comment or a diary if you are able to attend any of these events.