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Matthews announces support of female lawmakers

A half dozen female lawmakers are hosting a fundraiser for Kathleen Matthews' bid for Congress, an event her campaign hopes will underscore the former journalist's pitch to women voters.

Democratic Reps. Cheri Bustos of Illinois -- also a former journalist -- Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Debbie Dingell of Michigan, Anna Eshoo of California, Lois Frankel of Florida, and Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire are organizing the event tomorrow for Matthews.

"Congress needs members who have balanced work and family and who know how to get things done," Eshoo said in a statement released by the Matthews campaign. "Kathleen knows how and she'll be effective on day one."

Matthews, who is running the 8th Congressional District, has touted her status as a "working mom" since first announcing her campaign. In a television advertisement she ran in August during the first GOP presidential debate, "working women" was the first issue she pointed to as she drew a contrast between the parties.

Matthews, a former anchor for WJLA who is married to MSNBC personality Chris Matthews, is running in a crowded field that also includes Sen. Jamie Raskin, Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, former Obama administration official William Jawando and David Anderson.

Raskin has also formed a group of female supporters, and in August announced that Karyn Strickler, former executive director of Maryland NARAL, and Rosalyn Levy Jonas, a longtime progressive activist, were among the women backing his campaign.

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