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Matthews announces support of female lawmakers

Matthews announces support of female lawmakers
Kathleen Matthews, a former television anchor in Washington, is considering a run for Congress in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. She lives in Chevy Chase and previously worked for Marriott International. (handout / Baltimore Sun)

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.

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"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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