House Speaker Kelliher gets EMILY’s List endorsement

Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher got a national boost today in her quest for the DFL endorsement for governor: EMILY’s List is backing her.

The group’s president, Ellen R. Malcolm, said: “As Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Margaret has earned a reputation as a coalition builder, reaching across the aisle and working to make life better for all Minnesotans. She is a champion for women and families and has exactly what it takes to be elected Minnesota’s first female Governor.”

EMILY’s List says it works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. It raised $43 million for candidates in 2007-08 and backed Martha Coakley in her winning primary campaign to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachussets.

The group says EMILY stands for “Early Money Is Like Yeast” (it helps the dough rise).

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