The National Women’s Political Caucus of Florida on Friday endorsed former Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich of Weston for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Beth Lerner, Florida president said:
"The National Women’s Political caucus of Florida is part of a national, non-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government…
"The National Women’s Political Caucus of Florida proudly endorses Senator Nan Rich in the 2014 Democratic primary for Florida’s Governor.
"Senator Rich has a long-standing history of working for women and women’s issues from her time in the Florida House of Representatives as well as during her eight years in the Florida Senate, serving the last two as Minority Leader. Senator Rich has shown a commitment to women’s rights and improving the working class family through progressive legislation. She has never wavered in her commitment to her beliefs; her beliefs are our beliefs.
"Prior to her election, Senator Rich was the National President of the National Council of Jewish Women for the 1996-1999 triennium – the first Floridian elected to that office in the organization’s 119 year history. She has extensive experience in advocacy and community service, and has worked to improve the lives of women, children and families in her community, Florida and the United States."
Meredith Ockman, the group’s vice president, said:
"For the last 10 years I have volunteered to defend the Presidential Women’s Center, a clinic that provides abortions in Palm Beach County and have lead women’s organizations in our community.
"Nan Rich’s commitment to ensuring that abortions are, as Bill Clinton put it, safe, legal and rare has been constant and unwavering. She is the only consistently pro choice candidate in the race to become governor of Florida.
"She supports comprehensive education because Nan Rich knows that the best way to prevent abortion is to educate people about how to prevent pregnancy.
"Nan Rich’s leadership stopped devastating bills from becoming law. She helped bring other people to the same conclusions. She has lead in ways that save women’s lives every day.
"I want a governor who I can depend on. I want a governor who says what she means and votes her conscience. I want Nan Rich to be the next Governor of Florida.”
Wilton Manors Commissioner Julie Carson said:
"In 2007, Nan Rich sponsored legislation to allow gay parents to adopt children. She fought against Anita Bryant’s campaign that discriminated against gay parents and Florida children.
"Right on her campaign website, this is stated very clearly: ‘I am a strong supporter of marriage equality, and believe that a person should be able to marry the person of their choice. During my years in the Florida Legislature, I was viewed as a champion of progressive causes, including GLBT equality. I have also always been a strong supporter of gay adoption. What is important is that children have loving, stable, supportive families; not the sexual orientation of their parents.’
"She has never waffled on her affirmation of her beliefs.”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun