Virginia NOW PAC Endorses Barbara Favola for State Senate


    The Virginia NOW PAC – the political action committee of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization FOR Women -today announced its endorsement of NOW member and State Senate candidate Barbara Favola  in the August 23 Democratic primary in the 31th Senate District.

    The VA NOW PAC commends Ms. Favola for her commitment to put her progressive values into action. Ms. Favola told the Virginia NOW PAC that she would vote for a pro-choice candidate for chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Ms. Favola said that she was not in favor of having anyone become caucus chair who “doesn’t represent the progressive values I stand for.”

    “We are confident that Barbara Favola will be an effective, thoughtful legislator and a champion for women, which is critical in the hostile environment fostered by the McDonnell administration,” said Diana Egozcue and Marj Signer, co-chairs of the VA NOW PAC.

    Ms. Favola has been on the Arlington County Board for 14 years and has substantial experience in the issues with which the General Assembly deals. She is an advocate for families and children in the community and helped to establish mental health services in the public schools. She was appointed to the Virginia State Health Board by former Gov. Tim Kaine, is President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Counties, and was a policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration.

    Issues covered in the VA NOW PAC endorsement process were: reproductive rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, LGBT equality, combating violence against women and specifically violence and rape on campus, sexuality education, voting rights, and uranium mining in Virginia. On August 16, the VA NOW PAC announced it had endorsed Delegate Adam Ebbin and Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey in the 30th Senate District primary, NOW member Stephanie Dix Clifford and Alfonso Lopez in the 49th Delegate District primary, and Janet Oleszek in the Democratic primary for the Braddock Magisterial District of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

    Virginia NOW is the statewide chapter of the National Organization FOR Women, the largest feminist activist organization in the country. Virginia NOW has chapters in Arlington, Alexandria, Northern Virginia (including Fairfax), Fredericksburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Montgomery County (Blacksburg),  Rockingham County, Lexington, and Tidewater and activists throughout the state

    • She’s been refusing for literally MONTHS now to say she wouldn’t vote for anti-choice Sen. Phil Puckett for Caucus Chair. Now, on the eve of what could every well be a close election, and desperate for every possible endorsement, she suddenly flip flops and says what NOW wants to hear. And NOW actually buys this?  Wow, do I have a nice bridge to sell you guys or what?!?  Ugh.

      Bottom line: despite this foolish NOW decision, Jaime Areizaga-Soto will be stronger on women’s issues than Barbara Favola.  And no, just because someone’s a man doesn’t mean he’s automatically weaker on women’s issues than a woman. For instance, I’d remind everyone, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are women; Barack Obama and Joe Biden are men. Who would do you think NOW should endorse, Palin/Bachmann or Obama/Biden? Hmmmm. 🙂

    • DanielK

      There should be no question of whether you would support putting a Pro-Life Democrat in the Caucus chair? The reason there should be no question is because it should always be a no with no doubt or question about it.  The Democrats were in majority during the time a major anti-choice bill got passed.  That is unacceptable.  

      In my opinion, Virginia NOW has lost a great deal of credibility with this endorsement, especially because one of the candidates stated he would not support a pro-life caucus chair.  Again, that is simply unacceptable.