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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Women's Health Organization Scorned

Posted by on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Democrat Maureen Judge (yes, she's my ex-wife) won endorsements today from Planned Parenthood and NARAL/Pro-Choice Washington in her 41st Legislative District state senate race. Perhaps just as significantly, these are endorsements that her opponent, Republican incumbent Steve Litzow, has now lost. Litzow, who claims to be pro-choice, and is a former NARAL PAC Board member (as is Judge), shared a dual endorsement from NARAL with Democratic opponent Randy Gordon in 2010. Not this time:

In describing their endorsements, each organization cited Judge’s adamant and unwavering support of women’s reproductive rights, as well as Litzow’s votes to kill the Reproductive Health Parity Act in the 2012 Legislative session. Although he has described his votes as “procedural,” it is clear to women’s health organizations his votes equate to a broken campaign promise.

“Women and families don’t understand what a procedural vote is, but they do understand when a candidate runs on a platform of protecting women’s health but then votes three times against protecting women and families,” said Dana Laurent, Political Director at Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.

Judge also received the endorsement of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington.

As the incumbent, and a relatively moderate Republican who voted for marriage equality, Litzow still likely holds the edge in this race. But Litzow only beat Gordon by less than 200 votes in a Republican wave election year, and while the 41st got slightly less Democratic after redistricting, it still leans in that direction. Women vote. So this'll hurt.


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She looks like a reasonable, sane woman and candidate... what was she doing with you?
Posted by Large Hardon Colluder on May 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
@1, divorcing him in order to become reasonable and sane, is my guess.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 3
If only every woman's health care choice involved kicking Goldy in the balls!
Posted by Sir Vic on May 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
Somehow that seems so stereotypical, a divorced Jewish man (somehow there's no such thing as an undivorced Jewish man) who somehow can't keep his ex-wife out of his life. That's so wretched an existence. My heart bleeds for you.
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on May 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Dang, @4, I thought I was an asshole sometimes - that takes the cake. In my family we sort of have a tradition of ignoring the exes from flings but staying pretty good friends with the big ones. My sister, last time she moved three ex-boyfriends and an ex-husband showed up to help her and her husband move. If that's not friendly I don't know what is.

You, though - in your case I'd hazard a guess that there may be a good reason the norm for you is permanent estrangement.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
@5 He's probably a 40 year old virgin living in his mother's basement.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on May 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this
@4 Wow... projection, a bit of racism, mixed in a douche flavored sauce. No wonder they never come back to you.

@5 You said it better.
Posted by Large Hardon Colluder on May 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM · Report this
Fewer Americans than ever identify as pro-abortion.

You're losing.

Butt, oh; congratulations!......
Posted by You've Slaughtered the Next Generation of Abortionists..... on May 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM · Report this
In describing Litzow, RELATIVELY, is the correct word. Only in the era of the Tea Party could he be called a moderate. Anti-labor, anti-public employee and anti-teacher, he supports siphoning money out of our underfunded public schools to open the door for charters schools without any public oversight. Now he will call them public charter schools, but that's only because the money is public money. The management of these schools will be private and secretive.
Posted by 1971 on May 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM · Report this
Go get them Maureen!!
Posted by EastView on May 23, 2012 at 8:58 PM · Report this
Not so fast smarty anti-choice pants:

New Gallup poll ( shows that while fewer Americans identify as pro-choice, support for abortion rights isn’t dropping.

Abortion is a tough subject, and labels like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” simply don’t reflect the complexity of how most people actually think and feel about it. When you take away the labels, 77% of Americans still believe it should be safe, legal, and accessible in all or some circumstances.
Posted by here we go on May 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM · Report this

When it becomes "safe" for the million babies slaughtered each year we'll have made progress.

And when the not-yet-born have as much "access" to the services of professional assassins and have an equal chance of having their parents killed as their parents currently have to kill them we will be satisfied.
Posted by Killing Family Members should be legal for ALL... on May 24, 2012 at 5:11 AM · Report this

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