Michelman Mulls Independent Senate Bid

Rick Santorum must be enjoying this news. It looks like the former President of NARAL (leading pro-abortion rights group) is considering an Independent run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania as both the likely Democrat and Republican in the race are pro-life.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Kate Michelman, a prominent abortion-rights advocate, said yesterday that she was giving “some thought” to running as an independent in the race for a Pennsylvania seat in the U.S. Senate.

A possible candidacy by Michelman, 63, appears to have much to do with channeling frustration that some reproductive-rights activists have over the National Democratic Party’s choice of Bob Casey Jr., an abortion-rights opponent, to challenge Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who also opposes abortion rights.

Casey, 45, upset some in his party earlier this year when he came out in support of Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Casey’s position prompted “maybe seven or 10 calls” from women’s-rights activists and Democratic donors, asking her to consider running, said Michelman, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America from 1985 to 2004. She would not provide names.

“It is more about them wanting to express great frustration,” said Michelman, who splits her time between Washington and Central Pennsylvania, where she owns a house with her husband. Top national party leaders sold Casey as someone who “will be with the Democrats in opposition to anyone who threatens, or possibly threatens, Roe v. Wade. When he endorsed Alito, that turned that on its head.”

In a written statement, the Casey campaign said: “Democrats are stronger when we work together on the many issues where we have common ground, and Bob Casey looks forward to doing that in the U.S. Senate.”

Polls give Casey a double-digit lead over two-term Santorum, 47. But a Quinnipiac University survey from December suggested that Casey could lose support as his abortion stance drew more attention. It found that almost a third of respondents who identified themselves as pro-Casey and pro-abortion rights said they would not vote for him after being told he opposes abortion. Sixty-six percent would stay with him, the poll found.

At least three other canddiates, all of whom favor abortion rights, have said they will seek their party’s nomination: Bucks County professor Chuck Pennacchio and Center City lawyer Alan Sandals on the Democratic ticket, and Philadelphia real estate agent John Featherman as a Republican.

The deadline for independents to submit nominating petitions for the November ballot is Aug. 1.

3 Responses to “Michelman Mulls Independent Senate Bid”

  1. Kyle B Says:

    the rumor I heard was that Michelman was considering running as a Democrat. Hadn’t heard she might run as a independent

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Between that article from the Philadelphia Inquirer and these other ones… most people seem to be talking about her running as an Independent.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06063/665125.stm

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=65505

  3. Kyle B Says:

    All I care about in this race is that Sen. Rick Santorum isn’t reelected. Being a Democrat this race is a must win if we are to have any hope of winning control of the Senate.
    If Kate Michelman does enter the race as a independent Santorum’s chances of of winning would go up big time

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