This is the right way for NOW to respond to Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama:
Statement of NOW President Kim Gandy, January 28, 2008: The National Organization for Women has enormous respect and admiration for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D- Mass.). For decades Sen. Kennedy has been a friend of NOW, and a leader and fighter for women’s civil and reproductive rights, and his record shows that.Though the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has proudly endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president, we respect Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement. We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote.
I very much hope that NOW will do something about the person writing press releases in NY. I should say that I find the NY-NOW comments especially disturbing since what I’ve read suggests that the reason Kennedy decided not to remain neutral was that he was offended by the Clinton campaign’s race-baiting tactics. I’d like to see NOW speaking out against these tactics as well. Here’s hoping NOW does both of these things. Update: In fact, let’s do more than just hope. I’ve written to NOW, and you can, too. Just go here.