Friday, January 18, 2008

Planned Parenthood endorses Rep. Wynn

Planned Parenthood Federal PAC endorsed Congressman Al Wynn yesterday.

"Al Wynn has a long history of advocating for women's health and is a strong supporter of a woman's right to choose. He is a solid pro-choice vote in the US Congress and I am thrilled that the Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed him." Patricia Shields, Board Member, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund

To see the full campaign announcement click.

This does two things: it undercuts into Donna Edwards' mantle as the progressive candidate, especially among those who are advocates of reproductive rights, and it is also a signal that the incumbent has voted "correctly" on all of the issues of Planned Parenthood. National organizations are highly unlikely to back a challenger if the incumbent has voted with them most of the time.

We are starting to see the faults lines based on endorsements. Wynn gets Planned Parenthood and NARAL; Donna Edwards gets EMILY's List. Wynn gets the SEIU Local 400 endorsement but Edwards gets SEIU's national endorsement.

I fully expect to see more endorsements that seem to cut both ways.