July 27, 2016

NARAL’s Hogue Puts Party Over Principle In Support For Clinton-Kaine Ticket

When Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) her running mate, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue endorsed the pick like a good party solider. Yet a look at NARAL’s past history with Kaine shows that internally, they could not have been happy with the pick. In the 2005 Virginia gubernatorial race, NARAL declined to make an endorsement, saying they did could not support Kaine because of his “support for some abortion restrictions”:

“The Virginia chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America said Tuesday that it will not endorse any candidate in this fall’s governor’s race, citing a lack of support for abortion rights among the two leading candidates. The group endorsed Democrats for lieutenant governor, attorney general and most delegate races but said Democratic Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine failed to earn its backing for governor because of his support for some abortion restrictions.”

Then after Kaine became governor, he was described as “mixed-choice governor” by NARAL:

“In a 2007 NARAL scorecard, Kaine was described as a ‘mixed-choice’ governor and his state got an F grade thanks in part to a number of laws and other policies restricting access to abortions.”

NARAL also joined other pro-choice groups, in 2009, to attack then-Governor Kaine’s signing of a bill they considered anti-choice. NARAL sent over 17,000 emails to Kaine, at the DNC, trying to persuade him to veto the bill, yet Kaine did it anyway. After Kaine signed the bill, NARAL slammed Kaine, saying he was promoting “a divisive political ideology at the expense of women’s health”:

“‘It is unfortunate that, even after receiving thousands of messages from Virginians and pro-choice activists across the country, Gov. Kaine has opted to sign a bill that advances a divisive political ideology at the expense of women’s health,’ said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.”

If Hogue truly put principle before politics, her organization’s past history with Kaine would prevent her from speaking at the DNC. Perhaps she should consider that before taking the stage this afternoon.