In what some might consider a snub of DFLer Margaret Anderson Kelliher — the only woman who is a major candidate for governor in Minnesota — the Minnesota National Organization of Women has endorsed DFLer Matt Entenza in the race.
On its website, MN NOW states as its mission:
“taking action to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof, in truly equal partnership with men.”
Entenza’s running mate for Lt. Gov. is former news anchor Robyne Robinson.
A statement from Entenza’s campaign quotes Minnesota NOW President Shannon Drury:
“Like most Minnesota progressives, I’ve known Matt Entenza to be a great champion of women’s rights. In the past, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him at various events, including the very first organizational meeting for the Minnesota Constitutional Amendment for Equality (MN CAFE) Coalition.
“Recently, however, I had a chance to sit for a meeting with his running mate, Robyne Robinson. I was impressed immediately by her intelligence, her candor, and her compassion for all the citizens of this state. I’m proud that the Political Action Committee of Minnesota NOW has endorsed this dynamic team for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.”
Said Entenza about the endorsement:
“I am where I am today because of my mother and grandmother. Growing up without a father I know how powerfully important women are, how strong they can be and the unique challenges they face in the world.
“Right now women are still being short-changed across nearly every category. Women are paid less than men, there are women and children living under the threat of domestic abuse and nearly 1 in 3 women will have experienced a sexual assault by the time they graduate college. This is outrageous. In an Entenza administration women will not only be represented, but their causes will be championed.
“For us to reach our potential as a state, we need to make sure that everyone has equal opportunity to reach their own, and as governor Ill work to make this happen.”