Sisters in arms

July 23rd, 2012

EMILY’s List, the national group that supports Democratic women candidates who favor abortion rights, has purchased $128,720 in television advertisements for Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for Congress.

The ad buy is the latest sign that political analysts believe Gabbard has a chance against former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the primary to replace U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running for U.S. Senate.

From Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY’s List:

Our research shows that women voters want leaders like Tulsi right now who understand what they’re going through, and will take their fight to Washington. The EMILY’s List community is thrilled to stand with a dynamic, accomplished leader like Tulsi. We know she’s working hard to make it easier for women and their families – and that’s exactly what we need right now in Congress.

Esther Kiaaina, a former chief advocate for the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs who is also running in the primary, said she is offended by the ads.

I am particularly offended by the ads being paid for by Emily’s List, an organization whose supposed mission is to help women candidates. It is clear to me that all this group cares about is which candidate has the most money in her campaign war chest as opposed to which candidate is the most qualified or has demonstrated an ability to fight for women’s rights. Shame on Emily’s List.

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