I can’t begin to fathom what your organization was thinking.
You once seemed to be somewhat selective in the company you kept. The smart women, the women most likely to succeed… It makes one of your recent choices puzzling.
Hooking up with Nikki Tinker, simply put, was a stupid mistake more worthy of a political novice than an organization as (perhaps formerly) respected as Emily’s List. She stands for absolutely nothing that your organization claims to. If she does, then much like every other issue imaginable, she’s lacked the guts to say so.
But--- And this is where your total lack of knowledge of this city and its people really shows--- You joined in on attacking a man that has been magnificently progressive on the issues that are important to women. That decision was so ludicrous that it makes dropping the kids off at Michael Jackson’s house look smart by comparison.
Have you grown so comfortable in your position that you’ve begun to believe that credibility grows on trees? Do you believe it just magically reappears once this campaign is over?
Take a good look at some of the comments we’ve been seeing. These are all women that you’ve managed to alienate with this fiasco.
- …Suffice to say that any support previously given, or contemplated in the future, to Emily's List, is hereby sincerely regretted. Between the Kurita snub earlier this year and the current attack on one of the best supporters that liberal women have ever had in this state, the "List" has burned its bridges with me. Hope Tinker and the "List" go down in flames...
- …Recently you sent an attack piece out in Memphis against State Senator Steve Cohen, a Democratic running for Congress. The piece accused him of being anti-family, anti-education, and pro-sex shops. Nothing could be further from the truth. I understand Emily’s List supporting Nikki Tinker for Congress. What I do not understand is them seeking to damage or destroy a good Democrat who has done nothing but work for our issues. This action has really damaged your organization’s credibility with me...
- …In reviewing this glossy color 8.5" x 22" mailer, I see very little relevant information about Ms. Tinker juxtaposed against a few emotional, inflammatory and misleading words and pictures which suggest that Senator Cohen has been anti-education in Tennessee… I trust this scurrilous piece of dirty politicking will backfire against your candidate with the same furious intensity felt by the moral majority in the lottery vote. I also hope your near-sighted supporters in this region will look more closely into the organization known as Emily's List when they prepare to open their wallets again…
Those writers are not men. They are your base. Some have given money to your organization before. And some of them never will again. And some of them are going to talk every chance they get about the slipshod job your organization has done scouting candidates in this area.
For the sake of your own credibility, I suggest rethinking this whole Tinker endorsement. I can understand if you don’t feel up to endorsing a male candidate--- But you clearly stepped over a dollar to pick up a dime in this race.
I hope you’ll seriously reconsider this. The mistake was a big one, but you have a chance to wipe the egg off of your face.