Seeking to build on their strong showing with women voters in 2012, national Democrats have tapped freshman U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, to help the party recruit more female congressional candidates for 2014.
Frankel and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, will head up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s new “Women LEAD” effort. The DCCC says the campaign aims to “recruit more female candidates, protect women’s rights, expand their opportunities and stop the Republican War on Women.”
Women voted for President Barack Obama by a 55-to-44 percent margin in November and sided with Democratic House candidates by an identical margin, according to exit polls.
“The facts are clear: When women vote, Democrats win. Bringing even more Democratic women into the political process is a winning formula for our party,” said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y, who is chairman of the DCCC.
Israel called Frankel and Pingree “trailblazing women.”
Said Frankel: “As Democrats, we are determined to make life better for the women of this country, and we will work hard every day to pass legislation that matters to women. We will fight efforts to turn back the clock on women and families. We’ll build on our successful recruiting efforts and look to expand our ranks of women who can lead this country.”