FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2010
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Congratulates Pro-Choice Rep. Meek for Convincing Primary VictoryLeading pro-choice group calls Meek the only pro-choice candidate in three-way general-election contest for Florida Senate seat
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, hailed Rep. Kendrick Meek for securing his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate, paving the way for a pro-choice pickup in the Sunshine State.
NARAL Pro-Choice America's political action committee contributed $5,000 to Rep. Meek's primary bid. Keenan said her organization also contacted nearly 31,000 of its member activists via email urging them to vote for Rep. Meek, who has consistently earned 100-percent ratings in the group's annual Congressional Record on Choice.
"Rep. Kendrick Meek represents a great opportunity for a pro-choice pickup in the Senate," Keenan said. "Now that the primary is finished, voters will get a fresh look at three candidates. What's clear is that Kendrick Meek is the only pro-choice candidate. Charlie Crist surely wants voters to perceive him as some kind of 'moderate maverick,' but he can't run from his anti-choice record. In fact, there's little difference between Crist and Marco Rubio when it comes to choice. They both oppose women's freedom and privacy. That's why we will ensure that thousands of our members in the Sunshine State know that Kendrick Meek is the only candidate who will stand up for a woman's right to choose in the U.S. Senate."
Keenan said Crist, who has repeatedly described himself as "pro-life," cast anti-choice votes during his tenure as a state senator. As attorney general, Crist defended anti-choice measures and, as governor, appointed anti-choice activists to the state Supreme Court. Rubio has pledged to attack a woman's right to choose in the Senate in the same way he did as a state legislator.
Overall, NARAL Pro-Choice America's political program has helped produce enormous gains for pro-choice forces in Congress, including the combined net gain of 44 pro-choice seats in the House and nine new pro-choice senators in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. In its 2008 post-election analysis, National Journal ranked NARAL Pro-Choice America second among the nation's top 21 political organizations for its impressive win rate among endorsed congressional candidates in hotly contested races.