Kerry Presidential Campaign Giving Visibility To LB Area Congresswoman Millender-McDonald
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(January 29, 2004, w/ update) -- The presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D., MA) is giving significant visibility to LB area Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D., LB-Carson).
As LBReport.com first reported over two weeks ago, Cong. Millender-McDonald wrapped up a Jan. 10 LB town meeting and left before dawn the next day to campaign for Sen. Kerry in Iowa. Kerry scored an upset victory over former VT Gov. Howard Dean in the Iowa caucuses, followed a week later by a decisive ballot victory in New Hampshire.
The Kerry campaign web site lists Congresswoman Millender-McDonald as a member of the Kerry for President National Steering Committee. Co-chairs include CA Senator Dianne Feinstein, MA Senator Ted Kennedy, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and
Int'l Ass'n of Firefighters president Harold Schaitberger.
The Kerry campaign's steering committee chair is former NH Gov. Jeanne Shaheen; other members include CA Treasurer Phil Angelides and L.A. City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, CA Controller Steve Westly and former CO Senator Gary Hart.
A Jan. 10 Kerry campaign press release from Des Moines stated in part:
In advance of the Black Brown debate in Des Moines tomorrow, national leaders in the African American and Latino communities today announced the formation of steering committees to demonstrate their concerted and organized backing for John Kerry.
The formation of the African American and Latino steering committees is a result of months of outreach activity in early primary states...
In Iowa this week, Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald of California will stump for Kerry in Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport. She’s meeting with Sisters on Target, a group of African American women leaders in Des Moines.
Rep. Millender-McDonald and several prominent Iowans will accompany John Kerry to the Black Brown debate on Sunday.
The co-chairs of the national Latino steering committee list are:
- Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio Henry Cisneros -- Texas
- Former Small Business Administrator Aida Alvarez -- California
- House Speaker Ben Lujan -- New Mexico
- Los Angeles Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa -- California
The co-chairs of the national African American steering committee list are:
- U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr. -- Tennessee
- U.S. Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald -- California
- U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks -- New York
- Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields -- New York
- Joel Ferguson, Regent of Michigan State University -- Michigan
In a January 5 release, the Kerry campaign listed Cong. Millender-McDonald prominently in a release focusing on women's issues:
In a major economic speech today in Des Moines, Democratic candidate for President John Kerry said that issues usually consigned to the corner of "women’s issues" need to be a concern to all Americans and he used the occasion of the speech, a discussion on the Real Deal Express, a nation-wide conference call and an afternoon web chat with high profile women supporters today to launch his grassroots effort to energize women entitled "Women’s Voices on the Trail."
"Women’s Voices on the Trail will energize and organize the women supporting my candidacy and will reach out to women looking for stronger leadership from the Oval Office that they are seeing now," said John Kerry. "I am proud to have the support of so many prominent women and the support of so many women across Iowa, New Hampshire and the nation. Together, we can fight the special interests and return America to a course toward security, opportunity and prosperity."...
John Kerry has built his campaign on the strength of women. His campaign is full of successful women who are making a difference in 2004: campaign national chairperson, Governor Jeanne Shaheen; campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill; Women for Kerry National co-chairs, Susan Liss and Robin Leeds; senior advisor, Stephanie Cutter; senior advisor in New Hampshire Judy Reardon. The Women for Kerry National Steering Committee includes: Senator Dianne Feinstein, New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish, Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and Aida Alvarez, former Administrator for the Small Business Administration.
Likewise during the New Hampshire primary race, the Kerry campaign cited Cong. Millender-McDonald as part of its "Women’s Voices on the Trail" effort.
The Kerry campaign web site identifies Cong. Millender-McDonald as "the powerful voice and legislative pioneer of the people of California's 37th District, which includes part of the county of Los Angeles, Carson, Compton, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Watts, since 1996. She is a Democrat with an abiding passion for fairness and justice and is known nationally as a powerful advocate for women, families and small business."
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