Election 2016: Hillary Clinton: I need to ‘work on’ press relations
Get ready for the next round of “war on women” demagoguery. Bloomberg News reports that embattled Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) will be receiving some more Super-PAC help soon as the pro-abortion group Emily’s List has launched a political action committee here in North Carolina specifically to aid her in her reelection fight:
Emily’s List, a Washington group that advises and funds the campaigns of Democratic women who support abortion rights, has set up super-political action committees to independently aid candidates in North Carolina and Georgia.
And there are Democratic women who support abortion rights running for the Senate in both states: incumbent Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.
The committees, “North Carolina Women Vote!” and “Georgia Women Vote!”, were created this week and can raise funds in unlimited amounts to independently aid candidates like Hagan, who’s seeking a second term, and Nunn, who formerly led the volunteer-service organization Points of Light.
“Georgia Women Vote will seek to educate women voters about the most pressing issues facing Georgia families in the 2014 election,” Marcy Stech, a spokeswoman for Emily’s List, said in an e-mail. Emily’s List has emphasized issues like equal pay.
In North Carolina, Republican groups have targeted Hagan for defeat in a state that President Barack Obama lost by 2 percentage points in the 2012 election. Americans for Prosperity, a limited-government group founded by industrialists Charles and David Koch, has run ads in the North Carolina Senate race more than 5,500 times, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.
Since she wasn’t quoted in the piece, I suspect the Senator – who is on record as decrying “special interest” aka”dark money” in politics – had no comment on the “dark money” groups that have emerged to assist her. No surprise there.
While I’m not happy that liberal groups are upping their ground game to rally around Hagan, what will be good about this Emily’s List NC launch is that it will highlight Hagan’s little known pro-abortion record in a Southern state that is still reliably pro-life. The group will, of course, characterize Hagan’s stance as “pro-women’s health” while predictably denouncing whoever her eventual opponent is as a proponent of “waging a war on women”, but that’s easy enough to debunk as long as those opposed to Senator Hagan – including her eventual opponent – stick to the facts about her record and not allow militant feminists and their like-minded allies in the local and national mainstream media to set the narrative and narrowly frame the debate. Also, it goes without saying that the eventual GOP nominee needs to make sure to be prepared for the inevitable “abortion in the cases of rape” question. No more Todd Akins, please.
Obamacare is going to be the central issue in the North Carolina Senatorial race like it will be in many other key battleground states as Democrats attempt to maintain their hold on the US Senate for the final two years of President Obama’s time in office. Understandably, Kay Hagan doesn’t want to talk about it. Nor do her supporters. So don’t underestimate the ability of so-called “women’s rights” groups like Emily’s List to try to take the heat off of Hagan’s deciding Obamacare vote by working to shift the focus of the election from the job-killing legislation to a debate on “war on women” issues, a tactic that has played well for the left in states like Virginia. The key here for people who want to see Hagan out of office this year – and I count myself among them – is to be prepared to push back and push back hard. Starting now. Keep Obamacare as the Priority Issue. At the same time, be ready to accurately discuss Hagan’s history on abortion. Don’t allow her nor Emily’s List-type groups to get away with distorting her record on either. The best way to neutralize left wing talking points is to effectively counter them before they get started full strength so they can’t gain much traction in the long run.
I’m ready, North Carolina pro-lifers. Are you?