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Congressional candidate Amy Kennedy. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Equality PAC backs Kennedy

Group has more than $600,000 banked

By Nikita Biryukov, June 02 2020 10:26 am

A political action committee with ties to the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus endorsed Amy Kennedy’s second-district House bid Tuesday.

“As a member of Congress, I know that we need strong leadership to move forward during these times and I’m proud to support Amy Kennedy and what she stands for,” Caucus co-chair Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said. “We need leaders like Amy, who are committed to supporting LGBTQ Americans and who are fighting against the hate and division that is currently hurting our nation.”

Cicilline also backed Kenendy’s run for the nod to take on Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

The Equality PAC’s endorsement is likely to come with some monetary support.

Though the PAC reported having $606,121 at the end of the first quarter of 2020, the organization has already spent $2.4 million this year, including more than $800,000 in donations to candidates, party organizations and other political committees.

“We as a society, have a responsibility to address the injustices the LGBTQ community is facing, and ensure the protections they need,” Kennedy said. “I look forward to working alongside LGBTQ leaders to provide leadership, legislation and community for all LGBTQ Americans.”

The candidate on Tuesday released an LGBTQ policy platform that includes support for the Equality act, a bill that would enact explicit anti-discrimination protections for members of the LGBTQ community.

Kennedy faces political science Brigid Harrison and a bevy of other candidates in her quest for Congress.

“The Equality PAC has a vision for effecting change and justice for the LGBTQ community. Amy Kennedy is an example of leadership that recognizes and values diversity in a time where we are all facing hate,” said Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. “We stand behind Amy because we know she values our vision and shares our hope for a just future for all LGBTQ Americans.”

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