Emily’s List Backs Hochul for Governor in Key Early Endorsement

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The group decided not to wait for other potential primary rivals, most notably the state attorney general, Letitia James, to enter next year’s race.

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Emily’s List, a fundraising juggernaut dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, plans to lend her support Thursday on the back of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s campaign for a full term as New York governor.

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The group’s support opens the door to deep-pocketed donors and experienced campaign strategists across the country. But for Ms. Hochul, the state’s first female governor, it may prove more valuable as an early seal of approval for female activists, donors and activists as she seeks to deter potential rivals next year and pull out of a stiff Democratic primary. tries to.

In her support, Emily’s List took steps to address Ms. Hochul’s management of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as clean up the culture of intimidation and harassment that had flourished in Albany under her predecessor since taking office in August. Planned to cite steps. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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“Governor Hochul stepped in to lead New York in a moment with skepticism and distrust for Albany,” said group president Lafonza Butler. “As governor, he has made it a priority to rebuild trust between his administration and New Yorkers and deliver results.”

The timing of the endorsement by the group, which is known for making clever calculations about who thinks might win, was conspicuous. High-profile Democrats, including the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who will be the first black woman elected governor of any state, are likely to ripple through a large field of campaigns.

Hochul before deciding to let the others enter the race, the group together indicated that it believed she was in the best position to win and to help keep others out of the race. to play their role.

Support was in stark contrast to many of New York’s most influential unions, campaign donors and other elected leaders, who appear to be withholding support until it is clear whether Ms. James and other Democrats – Mayor Bill de Blasio, Representative Tom Suozhi or Jumane Williams, York City Public Advocate – Decide to run.

The decision could be particularly stinging for Ms James, who is generally seen as Ms Hochul’s most formidable potential rival and whose investigation into sexual harassment claims prompted Mr Cuomo to resign. Emily’s List backed Ms. James’s campaign for attorney general in 2018, describing her as a candidate who “always had the back of every New Yorker, especially women.”

However, the group has also backed Ms Hochul for lieutenant governor and a Congressional seat in the previous race.

In many ways, Ms. Hochul is a natural candidate for Emily’s list. She has been a staunch supporter of abortion rights for decades, and achieved a historic first in a state that has opposed women taking some of the top positions.

Ms Hochul, who is Catholic, has made abortion rights a priority in her youth administration. After Texas last month banned any abortion after six weeks, the governor declared New York a “safe harbor” for the state’s women. He also vowed to implement New York’s 2019 Reproductive Health Act, which includes drafting a patient bill of rights.

The support is the latest sign that Ms Hochul, the only Democrat who has formally entered the running for governor, is moving quickly to gather resources and support in hopes of changing the shape of the primary sector.

In recent weeks, she has garnered the support of the Democratic Governors Association, the chairman of the York State Democratic Party and nearly two dozen other leaders on party county committees. He has hired a campaign manager and key consultants. And it has set in motion a staggering fundraising to try to raise $10 million or more by the end of the year from several of the state’s biggest political donors.

So far, the hard-charging approach, along with Ms Hochul’s performance as governor, appears to be paying dividends with voters.

a Marist College Poll The release issued on Tuesday showed Ms. Hochul would have a fairly one-on-one lead over her potential opponents if the election were to be held today. But that could change if Ms. James or another candidate formally entered the race.

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