Women’s group EMILY’s List is expected to release its top political targets later Tuesday, which include five House Republicans believed to be vulnerable to female challengers in 2012.
The targets include New Hampshire Rep. Charles Bass, Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck and Florida Rep. Allen West. In a statement released Tuesday, the pro-abortion-rights organization outlined the criteria for their targets: “First, despite short tenures, they’ve already amassed appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records. And second, there is major Democratic female talent waiting in the wings.”
In New Hampshire, for example, 2010 candidate Ann McLane Kuster has already announced plans to challenge Bass again in 2012. It’s the same in Florida, where West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel plans to challenge West. And former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is running against Gosar in an Arizona rematch.
EMILY's List funneled roughly $2.5 million into the 2010 midterm elections through bundling and direct contributions from its political action committee. EMILY's List said in the release that it raised more than $38.5 million in the 2010 cycle.
In the press release, President Stephanie Schriock said her group is “putting these guys on notice. Clean up your act, or it’s going to be a lousy election day for you.”
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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