Priority Candidate Spotlight: Kaine, Maloney, Murphy
November 1, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Fair-minded leaders face tough races on Tuesday and they need our help. There’s so much at stake for our movement this election. Get the facts about HRC's priority candidates and their proven track records supporting equality.
Today we’ll take a look at Virginia’s Tim Kaine and Connecticut’s Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate, along with New York’s Sean Patrick Maloney for U.S. House.
Chris Murphy -- U.S. Senate, D-Connecticut
From equal marriage rights to open service in the military, Congressman Chris Murphy has stood with the LGBT community and fairness for all. Murphy faces Republican Linda McMahon, who has already spent over $61 million of her personal fortune running for Senate, much of that on television. Polls show this race is very close due to McMahon’s financial advantage.
Tim Kaine -- U.S. Senate, D-Virginia
While serving as mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia and chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tim Kaine always stood up for equality for all. On November 6, Kaine will face Republican George Allen, who referred to same-sex relationships as “unnatural” and “illegal,” and as a senator he twice voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment. Although their positions on HRC issues are miles apart, the race for this open seat is very close.
Sean Patrick Maloney -- U.S. House, D-New York
Sean Patrick Maloney has a strong record as a fighter, and he’ll take that passion to Capitol Hill. Maloney was a senior aide to two New York governors, and staff secretary to President Bill Clinton, who has endorsed him in this race. While Maloney is openly gay, his opponent, Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth refuses to publicly support marriage equality.
To learn more about these and other HRC priority candidates, visit the Election Center.
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