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.