EMILY’s List released the names of four House candidates who have received its “On the List” designation for the 2012 cycle.
The group, which supports Democratic pro-abortion-rights female candidates, announced today that it is backing Jessica Ehrlich, who running in the Democratic primary to challenge Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.); Joyce Healy-Abrams, who is challenging Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio); attorney Shelley Adler, who is hoping to reclaim her late husband’s seat from Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who is one of several Democrats running in the California's 26th district open-seat race.
The “On the List” rating is the first step of EMILY’s List support. As the cycle progresses, candidates can be bumped up to the “Recommended” designation, which means the candidate will have the full backing and fundraising power of EMILY’s List.
“Democratic women are leading the way to take back the House in 2012," EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we need strong leaders like Shelley, Julia, Jessica and Joyce in Congress in order to make Washington work for women and families."
EMILY’s List is suddenly on the political agenda in a way it has not been in recent cycles. Staffers at the organization have crowed of late about a surge in membership in light of controversies surrounding Planned Parenthood and contraception use.