In Manchester and Epping, with elections coming up within the next few weeks, candidates with pro-life voting records are facing opposition from abortion-friendly political action groups.
EMILY’s List, which according to its website “recruits, trains and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates at every level of the ballot,” has made endorsements in both campaigns. Planned Parenthood has jumped into one of the races, according to a report from the candidate.
In a special election for state representative from Epping (Rockingham district 9), EMILY’s List has endorsed Naomi Andrews. Andrews is challenging former Republican state representative Michael Vose. The Epping special election is coming up October 8.
As in 2017, EMILY’s List has endorsed incumbent Manchester mayor Joyce Craig. Craig is being challenged by Victoria Sullivan. The weekend of September 28, Sullivan reported on Facebook and in an email that she was cast as “standing against women and families” in literature distributed by Planned Parenthood. The mayoral election is on November 5.
As state representatives, Sullivan and Vose both supported fetal homicide legislation and abortion statistics. They opposed the anti-First-Amendment buffer zone law. They voted against a motion to table (and thus kill) discussion of post-viability abortion regulation.
So Sullivan and Vose support the First Amendment, support collection and reporting of aggregate public health data, support Sarah and Griffin’s Law, and are unwilling to cut off debate about regulating late-term abortion. Their opponents apparently take a different view.
Why would a national PAC like EMILY’s List get involved in local races? From its website: “…we’re not only building a farm team, but we’re also putting strong women in charge of decisions that affect women and families every day —”
…But only if those “strong women” are pro-choice [sic] Democrats.
The highly competitive nature of the Epping race is reflected in candidate fundraising and expenditures. For the $100-a-year job, Andrews has thus far spent $8310, with $4744 still on hand, according to her most recent financial report filed with the New Hampshire Secretary of State. Vose has reported spending $6869, leaving $2366 still on hand.
For more information and contact information on Victoria Sullivan’s campaign for mayor of Manchester, check out the campaign’s Facebook page. For more information on Michael Vose’s campaign for state representative in Epping, see his Facebook page.