Emily’s List leader spurs women to halt GOP

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A Democratic women’s group is warning voters that a Republican takeover of Congress would mean “a dangerous world.”

Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock on Thursday told a Washington audience that President Obama’s health care overhaul would be scrapped and Social Security would be at risk if Democrats lose their majority in the House. She needled House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio for anticipating a Republican victory.

“This year may be the first year in 30 years that the number of women in Congress decreases. And the possible result could be truly devastating: Speaker John Boehner,” she said. “Make no mistake the minority leader may not be openly measuring the curtains in the speaker’s office, but he’s quietly planning where to put his furniture.”

Emily’s List, which aims to elect women who support abortion rights, also launched a website, boehnersamerica.org, with its view of the Republican agenda.

The group hopes to motivate women to vote in an election cycle that could sweep Democrats from office.

“I’m not going to pull out a whiteboard to draw you a picture, but I want to connect the dots very clearly for you: John Boehner can only take the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi by defeating the Democratic women you and I have worked so hard to elect,” Miss Schriock said. “And by discouraging women voters so much that they stay home on November 2.”

The group also plans an online advertising campaign around Mr. Boehner, similar to their drive against Sarah Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee.

Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make their first joint appearance of the midterm election season on Oct. 17 in Cleveland.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced Thursday that Mrs. Obama would join her husband for a fundraiser for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. She’ll also join the president for a previously announced rally for young Democrats later that day in Columbus.

Less than a month before the Nov. 2 elections, Mr. Obama is stumping hard to try to minimize Democratic losses in Congress.

He headed to Maryland on Thursday to campaign for Gov. Martin O’Malley, followed by a Chicago event for Alexi Giannoulias, who is in a tight race for Obama’s former Senate seat.

Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick B. Meek rejected the endorsement of the Sierra Club after the environmental group also endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist, who is seeking the same seat as an independent.

The Miami congressman rejected the co-endorsement Thursday, calling it an insult to the state’s environmentalists.

Mr. Meek said he has constantly supported environmental causes, while Mr. Crist supported oil drilling off Florida’s beaches until the BP spill made that politically impossible.

The Sierra Club said it wouldn’t rescind the endorsement and said it would support Mr. Meek and Mr. Crist because they are stronger on the environment than Republican Marco Rubio.

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