National Women’s Political Caucus says Dill should take Snowe’s open seat
For Maine Democrat, major backing from third women’s organization
PORTLAND (Aug. 13, 2012) — Cynthia Dill, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, announced Monday she has won the endorsement of The National Women’s Political Caucus.
The organization backed Dill’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate over five other candidates seeking the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe.
National Women’s Political Caucus President Linda Young said, “We believe you will effectively represent the state of Maine and women across this country, and we are thrilled to endorse such an incredible woman.”
Dill has made women’s issues central to her platform from the start of her candidacy, vowing to vote against any measure to repeal or reduce existing reproductive rights or freedoms, and voting to preserve the confidential relationship between a patient and her doctor.
“But there’s much more to women’s issues than reproductive rights,” Dill said. “To support working women and their families, we must close the gender pay gap, pass the Violence Against Women Act and seriously address the poverty rate among women and children.”
As a state legislator, Dill battled attempts to insert government into doctor-patient talks, to weaken child labor laws, to prohibit unions in women-dominated child care centers, to shift income taxes to the middle class and to put more guns in the hands of teenagers. “These are the issues women care about,” she said. “Yet my rivals for the U.S. Senate are mostly silent on these issues.”
The endorsement from The National Women’s Political Caucus is Dill’s third major vote of confidence from a women’s rights organization: Women’s Action for New Directions endorsed her in February; and Maine Women’s Lobby, which does not endorse federal candidates, gave Dill a 100% rating in its most recent review.
Based in Washington, D.C., The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multicultural, intergenerational, multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women.
Dill is a wife, mother, civil rights lawyer, state senator and college teacher who won the statewide Democratic primary June 12 by a healthy margin, garnering the most votes of any candidate.