PA-Senate: Kate Michelman to run as an Independent?
by Matt Stoller, Thu Mar 02, 2006 at 05:56:13 AM EST
Will Kate Michelman jump into the Pennsylvania Senate race? According the Philadelphia Inquirer, she might:
Kate Michelman, a prominent abortion-rights advocate, said yesterday that she was giving "some thought" to running as an independent in the race for a Pennsylvania seat in the U.S. Senate.
A possible candidacy by Michelman, 63, appears to have much to do with channeling frustration that some reproductive-rights activists have over the National Democratic Party's choice of Bob Casey Jr., an abortion-rights opponent, to challenge Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who also opposes abortion rights.
Casey, 45, upset some in his party earlier this year when he came out in support of Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Casey's position prompted "maybe seven or 10 calls" from women's-rights activists and Democratic donors, asking her to consider running, said Michelman, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America from 1985 to 2004. She would not provide names.
"It is more about them wanting to express great frustration," said Michelman, who splits her time between Washington and Central Pennsylvania, where she owns a house with her husband. Top national party leaders sold Casey as someone who "will be with the Democrats in opposition to anyone who threatens, or possibly threatens, Roe v. Wade. When he endorsed Alito, that turned that on its head."
Interesting move here. If she does this, it could help lower ticket Democrats because it will allow them to distance themselves from Casey and attract pro-choice votes. And since Casey isn't planning to really do any campaigning or take any stands on issues aside from rubber stamping social wingnuttia and mewling about Bush is bad without explaining why, this could be a jolt in the arm for him. Competition can be a very good motivator.
I doubt she'll jump in, so this is really a moot point. Whatever she does, it's nice to see people like her standing up to a dishonest party leadership. They sold Casey as a wink-wink pro-choice vote. When he endorsed Alito, it showed that their judgment is suspect, and that they are contemptuous of women's rights. People who care about women's rights can't allow that insult to stand.