Thursday, August 31, 2006

NOW makes a pass at District 5...

...and fumbles the ball.

Apparently deciding its too close to call in Montgomery County's District 5 Council race, Montgomery NOW and Maryland NOW have endorsed both Valerie Ervin and Hans Riemer for the Democratic primary.

A braver choice for the state and local NOWs would have been a stand for equal representation on the County Council. At the moment, only two of the nine are women.

NOW's statement of purpose is: "Our purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society – sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination."

One would think a group with this raison d'être could summon the courage to actually endorse a woman in a contested race. I wonder what else went into the black box for this outcome to be produced.

Maybe this explains why Montgomery Women was formed...


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