MI-07 — July 23, 2013 at 6:49 am

Pam Byrnes’ candidacy for MI-07 draws support from EMILY’s list, Byrnes slams Republican Walberg


This is going to be a race to watch nationally

Yesterday EMILY’s List put Pam Byrnes “On the List”. As the largest resource for women in politics in the United States of America and with more than two million members, EMILY’s List carries an immense amount of clout. This endorsement shows just how important this race is and just how vulnerable Tim Walberg is, as well.

Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, explained the decision: “There’s a reason Pam Byrnes’ colleagues elected her speaker pro tempore by a unanimous, bipartisan vote – she has proven herself to be on the side of Michigan families,” Schriock said. “EMILY’s List has endorsed Pam in the past, and our growing community – now more than two million members strong – is proud to lend our support to such a promising candidate once again in the early stages of her campaign.”

Byrnes was one of only six women nationally to be put “On the List” this week. In their announcement, EMILY’ List describes what it means to be “On the List”:

“On the List” is a way to make sure that EMILY’s List members can engage with and support promising candidates all across the country even earlier in the election cycle. By putting these women “On the List,” EMILY’s List is ensuring that they have access to this powerful network of supporters. […]

EMILY’s List has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country.

In other news, Pam Byrnes slammed Republican Congressman Tim Walberg for giving his staff raises when so many Americans haven’t seen a raise in years. This hypocrisy from a man who claims to be all about small government is a little hard to take.

This is just one more example of how Tim Walberg doesn’t represent middle-class Michigan. People everywhere are tightening their belts except apparently Tim Walberg. Tim Walberg is putting his interests before the needs of middle-class families. This shows how Washington isn’t working for our families and I intend to fix that in Congress.

When Pam Byrnes was in the state legislature, she supported legislation to cut her own pay and end lifetime healthcare for state legislators. Walberg himself enjoys this same lifetime health care and is, in fact double dipping from both the state and federal healthcare systems. Meanwhile, he has voted with his Republican colleagues dozens of times to “repeal Obamacare” in a crass and discompassionate effort to harm President Obama at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable citizens.

I can’t wait to watch him try to defend this sort of hypocritical move to his tea party base as well as the fiscally conservative, social moderates in Michigan’s 7th District.

Game on.

Photo by Anne C. Savage