Once upon a time, there was a right-wing group called The Judicial Confirmation Network that was created “to ensure that the confirmation process for all judicial nominees is fair and that every nominee sent to the full Senate receives an up or down vote.”
Such a mission made sense back during the George W. Bush administration, when the group was founded … but didn’t work so well when Barack Obama was elected and suddenly the organization was fighting to ensure that his nominees didn’t get confirmed.
Eventually, the JCN realized that it couldn’t keep calling itself the Judicial Confirmation Network if it was actively working to prevent the confirmation of judges, so the name was changed to the Judicial Crisis Network and the group likewise wrote up a new mission statement.
Eventually, the original founders left, with Executive Director Gary Marx signing on with Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition and Chief Counsel Wendy Long stepping down in order to “devote her time to her family and other causes.”
Among those “other causes” to which Long is dedicating herself is a run for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November.
The Susan B. Anthony List, the influential pro-life organization, offered an early and enthusiastic endorsement for Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long this morning.
“There could not be a more clear contrast between longtime pro-life leader Wendy Long and EMILY’s List poster child Senator [Kirsten] Gillibrand,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the group’s president, in a statement … “From her days as a Hill staffer to her time at Americans United for Life and her work on behalf of Supreme Court Justices who practice judicial restraint, Wendy has constantly been engaged in the fight for adherence to the Constitution and the right to Life laid out in the Declaration of Independence,” Dannenfelser said in the statement. “We look forward to having her back on Capitol Hill and adding to the number of pro-life women in the Senate.”
In her statement, Dannenfelser echoed Long’s earlier criticism of Gillibrand for accusing Republicans of waging a “war on women.”
“Wendy understands that the only ‘war on women’ is the one being waged against women of faith and conscience by the Obama administration and their allies in Congress and the abortion lobby. She has boldly called on Senator Gillibrand to end the assault on Life, conscience, and religious liberty.”