National Organization For Women PACS BOTH Endorse Carol Moseley Braun For Chicago Mayor

Carol for Chicago

 

 

NOW Equality PAC and Chicago NOW PAC Endorse
Carol Moseley Braun for Mayor of Chicago

 

January 18, 2011

 

The National Organization for Women Equality PAC and the Chicago NOW PAC are proud to endorse former Ambassador and Senator Carol Moseley Braun
in perhaps the most important election of 2011 -- mayor of Chicago.
Moseley Braun has an impressive resume of 25 years of public service
fighting for the rights of women at the local, state, national and
international level.

 

NOW and Carol Moseley Braun have been longtime allies, from planning the campaign to pass the ERA in Illinois to working for women's rights during her tenure in the Illinois state legislature, U.S. Senate, and as co-chair of the National NOW Board's advisory committee.

support for women's, LGBTQ, and civil rights," said Terry O'Neill, chair of the NOW Equality PAC.

 

Moseley
Braun broke down barriers and made history when she became the first
African-American woman to serve as assistant majority leader in the
Illinois House, the first woman and African-American to hold executive
office in Cook County Government, and in 1992 when she was the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

 

"Moseley
Braun, known for her ability to bring people together to get things
done, will use these abilities to make government work for all the
people of Chicago," said Melissa Satterlee, president of Chicago NOW.

"NOW
can always count on Carol's unwavering support for women's, LGBTQ, and
civil rights," said Terry O'Neill, chair of the NOW Equality PAC.

 

Moseley
Braun broke down barriers and made history when she became the first
African-American woman to serve as assistant majority leader in the
Illinois House, the first woman and African-American to hold executive
office in Cook County Government, and in 1992 when she was the first
African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

 

"Moseley
Braun, known for her ability to bring people together to get things
done, will use these abilities to make government work for all the
people of Chicago," said Melissa Satterlee, president of Chicago NOW.

Comments

Leave a comment
  • Moseley-Braun won her Senate seat because of anger over the Anita Hill sexual harassment hearings. SO IT'S PARTICULARLY DISHEARTENING THAT SHE HERSELF WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO COVER UP CHARGES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AGAINST HER BOY RIEND AND CAMPAIGN MANAGER, Kgosie Matthews. As early as January 1992, long before her primary election, several staffers confronted Moseley Braun about incidents of sexual harassment by Matthews.

    Peter McLennon, her then-political director, recalls that she "became quite livid. She said, `Oh, no, that couldn't be. It's just not possible.' She sort of shut us up." McLennon and two other top staffers quit the week before the primary, citing "personality differences" with Matthews.

    Problems continued. Staff members told a reporter for the New Republic that the harassment "was pretty clear-cut. I was asked to resign by Kgosie after I refused to see him." Another staffer said that she was humiliated and verbally abused by Matthews after she refused a date. Steven Cobble -- Moseley Braun's finance director for the general election -- said "I knew of five or six instances, any one of which I would have thought was serious. Together, it was a major problem."

    On October 15, just weeks before the election, Moseley Braun received an anonymous letter from a group of women in the campaign. It read, in part, "members of your senior staff are aware of these incidents; just ask them if you are in doubt,... investigate the allegations in this letter, talk to your senior staff--Heather [Booth], Ira [Cohen], Steve [Cobble], David [Eichenbaum]-- and ask them to be honest with you. We think they will be."

    Instead, she successfully covered up the allegations until after the November election. Instead of talking to the staffers, she called an old friend, laywer and campaign contributor named Joyce Moran and asked her to write a report, which she did. Braun claims the report found no wrongdoing, but to this day she refuses to release it, citing "confidentiality." Several staff members say they told Moran details of harassment.

    After she was elected, the issue blew up and Moseley Braun held a press conference on December 31st, where she claimed that she had talked to the four staff members involved and they had said the charges were ridiculous. Two of those four staffers flatly contradict her, saying Braun never spoke to them and they had told Moran of problems.

    Steve Cobble says he went further and confronted Moseley Braun on the issue 10 days before the election. Staffer David Eichenbaum -- another of the four staffers -- says he told Moran "that there was a problem.... When [Kgosie's] advances were spurned, his demeanor toward people would change completely. He would became nasty toward them. These women had a legitimate complaint."

    Of the report, Eichenbaum said "Her intention was to clear her boyfriend, not to get to the truth." Unless several of her staffers -- including 5 women who talked to the New Republic on condition of anonymity -- are mistaken, then Moseley Braun is shamelessly lying to cover this scandal up.

  • Thank you for your comments. Even after all you have mentioned, Carol Moseley Braun STILL WON the entire city of Chicago with 79.5% of The Chicago vote in her failed reelection bid, and Predient Bill Clinton STILL elevated her to International Ambassador with a 98-2 Senate Confirmation!! And today with The Chicago Teamsters recent city-wide poll Braun has risen to 26% in their polling second to Rahm and has yet to have one paid media buy yet, so clearly after all you have stated, people seemed to have made a choice to move forward with TODAYS upcoming election and that Rahm and Chico are just extensions of Daley, and that even despite Rahm spending MILLIONS on major media buys, he still has not polled higher than 40%????

    Are you now attacking the leadership and judgment of the TWO local and national Political PACS of The National Organization For Women in their decisions to endorse Braun For Mayor and use the majority of women registerd voters in Chicago to elect the next female Mayor since Jane Byrne. For me, all I did was REPORT on the endorsements and now the historic poltical significance.

Leave a comment