The hotly contested Senate confirmation hearing for US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas involved allegations of sexual harassment. The star witness against Thomas was Anita Hill.
While Hill did not derail the appointment of Thomas, the controversy surrounding her testimony regarding sexual harassment spurred the “The Year of the Woman” as a number of female Senators, including Carol Moseley Braun, defeated favored men.
Now a local candidate for Congress may benefit from another political scandal involving sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and general misbehavior by many famous males in position of power.
Entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and Democratic Congressional candidate Marie Newman of Illinois’ 3rd District has been endorsed by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines Political Action Committee. “I am honored to receive the support of Off the Sidelines,” Newman said. “What Senator Gillibrand has offered to me and to many women who have stepped off the sidelines is invaluable in ensuring that we are all better represented at the decision-making table.”
Through her Off the Sidelines PAC, Senator Gillibrand offers support to candidates by providing critical funding for their campaigns. “We need Marie Newman in Congress so that we have another vote for health care, for women, and for our LGBTQ friends and family,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Marie is willing to stand up for what the constituents of the Third want, which is why she’s gaining so much support in district. I am happy to offer our support to her, too.”
Democrat Marie Newman is challenging Congressman Dan Lipinski, an elected Democrat who votes with Republicans on issues ranging from a woman’s right to choose to LGBTQ rights. Congressman Lipinski has voted to ban a woman’s right to access an abortion as well as voting for legislation that does not support same-sex marriage.
Marie Newman is a pro-choice Democratic candidate for Congress in the Third District of Illinois. With a background in national nonprofit advocacy, marketing, and small business, Marie Newman is running for Congress so that the true Democratic values of the Third District are represented fully in Washington.
According to its own website, “Off The Sidelines” is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s call to action to encourage every woman and girl to make their voice heard on the issues they care about. Raising your voice truly can change the world.
In what may be another “year of the woman” the committee is urging women to embrace the fact that their voices matter — with their vote, with their advocacy, and even with their candidacy — they can make all the difference. The website states “…Whether by changing the nature of the political debate, registering to vote and holding elected leaders accountable at the ballot box, supporting candidates who share your values, or even running for office yourself, YOU can make a difference.”
Gillibrand’s committee believes that if more women are elected to office and have a seat at the decision-making table, the outcomes will be better. The committee has been in existence for 5 years and raised nearly $5 million for women candidates to ensure they have the resources needed to win.
In addition, the committee’s website notes that Senator Kirsten Gilibrand is continuing to fight for her women’s economic policy agenda aimed squarely at giving working women and their families a fair shot in the new economy.
Lipinski has often been accused of being too conservative. However, he voted against the recent tax cut for middle class families standing with the liberal leadership of the national party.