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Kathleen Matthews picks up Emily's List endorsement

Kathleen Matthews
Kathleen Matthews

WASHINGTON — Kathleen Matthews, the former WJLA anchor and Marriott executive running for the 8th Congressional District, picked up the endorsement of Emily's List on Thursday -- marking the second Maryland race the influential group has entered.

The Washington-based group, which helps elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, described Matthews as "a lifelong advocate for women and families and a dynamic leader who will fight for progressive change in Congress."

The nod was expected, in part because Matthews is running in a competitive primary field made up mostly of men. The only other woman in the race, Del. Ana Sol-Gutierrez, has been campaigning, but has failed to match the fundraising prowess of Matthews.

Matthews had raised the possibility of the Emily's List endorsement when she first announced her candidacy in June, noting that she had met with the group before launching her campaign.

Matthews, who is married to MSNBC host Chris Matthews, frequently describes herself as a working mother on the campaign trail, and she has touted equal pay for women and paid family leave as central themes of her campaign.

State Sen. Jamie Raskin, who is also campaigning aggressively for the nomination, pointed to his own endorsements from prominent women, including several state lawmakers.

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"Jamie is a proven effective progressive leader who has fought to successfully strengthen laws against gender discrimination, protect women's reproductive health rights, and increase the minimum wage and strengthen women's rights in the workplace," his campaign manager, Marshall Cohen, said in a statement.

Emily's List has also endorsed Rep. Donna Edwards of Prince George's County in her run for the Senate seat that will be left open in 2017 by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's retirement. She is running against the incumbent in the 8th District, Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

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