Congresswoman who lost election takes job to unseat others
Republican Marilyn Musgrave, who was defeated in last year’s election for a Colorado seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has found a new job — director of a project to unseat other members of Congress.
Musgrave, who lost the congressional seat she had first won in 2002 to Democrat Betsy Markey after a close and bitter campaign marked by negative attack ads, will head up a project of the anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, to target congressional seats in the next election cycle.
“With this new program we are going to go into districts where people are likely to be vulnerable, and we are going to give those families a clear message as to how these congressmen and women are voting,” Musgrave said to reporters.
President Barack Obama angered abortion opponents by lifting some restrictions on the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. A contentious issue during the debate over a $410 billion spending bill, signed into law by Obama this week, was money included for a U.N. family planning agency that Republicans were concerned could fund organizations that supported abortion.
Officials with the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee with the goal of helping “pro-life” women candidates get elected to Congress, could not say which elected officials the new project intended to target or how much money would be spent to do it. But they expressed concern over policies of Obama and the Democratically-led Congress.
“As we look at this new administration, his appointments are appalling in regard to the life issue,” Musgrave said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (Anti-abortion protester in front of U.S. Supreme Court)