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Two noteworthy endorsements announced today

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced she received the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Friday. The endorsement doesn’t come as a surprise given Cantwell has earned Planned Parenthood’s backing time and time again. But it is the first endorsement promotion I’ve seen from her campaign.

“I won’t stop fighting to protect women’s health and privacy and defend access to quality, affordable health care,” Cantwell said in a press release. “Planned Parenthood health centers have a proven record of keeping families healthy and delivering lifesaving health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, sex education, wellness exams, or so many other services. I am proud to work alongside this incredible organization to make sure all women have access to the care they need.”

Cantwell’s reaffirmed position to protect women’s rights is especially relevant as the Senate considers Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who’s voted against women’s rights in the past.

In other endorsement news, 3rd Congressional District candidate Carolyn Long, who’s running as a Democrat, announced the backing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Long also has the backing of Cantwell and fellow Washington Sen. Patty Murray.

“With the Trump administration attacking our democratic institutions on a daily basis, we need people in Congress who will fight back,” Warren said in a press release. “Carolyn Long is a constitutional law scholar who knows how important those institutions are, and will be the voice working-class families need in Congress. I have no doubt Carolyn will put the people of Southwest Washington first, and I’m proud to endorse her.”

Now that Long has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, national support from people like Warren is likely to keep rolling in.

Katy Sword

I cover the city of Vancouver and federal politics. Reach me at katy.sword@columbian.com.

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