EMILY's List Draws Criticism

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EMILY's List raises money for pro-choice, female Democratic candidates. Now, the Washington-based group is being criticized for turning its guns on Democratic men in recent primary elections.

The critics include California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. She held a news conference earlier this month to denounce EMILY's List mailings in Michigan.

The campaign literature criticized Congressman David Bonior and former Gov. James Blanchard, who were running Attorney General Jennifer Granholm for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Waters, a Bonior supporter, says EMILY's List distorted Bonior's record, "in the interest of electing a woman." Granholm won the primary.

EMILY's List President Ellen Malcolm says the criticism indicates a double standard. She says primaries are competitive and, "everyone picks their favorite and we do that, just like the guys do."


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