The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the launch of “Women LEAD” Tuesday, a new effort to recruit and support women candidates. Headed by freshman Reps. Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), “Women LEAD” seeks to build on the successes of 2012 and is the DCCC’s biggest and most resourced effort yet to elect more women to Congress.
“The DCCC’s ‘Women LEAD’ program helps build the resources for the DCCC to support Democratic women candidates who will stand up to the extremism of the Tea Party House Republicans,” according to a press release announcing the effort Tuesday.
“As trailblazing women themselves, Lois Frankel and Chellie Pingree are dedicated to improving the lives of women across this country and to recruiting and supporting more women running for office,” DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) said in a statement. “Their commitment to the cause of women’s rights, and their natural leadership will expand opportunity for all women. The facts are clear: When women vote, Democrats win. Bringing even more Democratic women into the political process is a winning formula for our party.”
The DCCC released a video of Frankel and Pingree to introduce the initiative: