January 28th, 2008
10:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Women's group slams Kennedy for 'betrayal'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy is under heavy fire from a state chapter of the National Organization for Women for his decision to back Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

In a sharply critical statement, the New York state chapter of NOW took aim at Kennedy Monday for what it called an "ultimate betrayal," and suggested the Massachusetts Democrat "can't or won't" handle the idea of Clinton becoming President of the United States.

"Sen. Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard," said the statement. "Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few."

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  1. karen

    GOOD FOR YOU, NOW!!! Kenndy is clearly the bloated alcoholic creep he always has been. Chapaquitik, anyone? Left a woman to drown to death, and got off scott free. He should probably be getting out of jail right about now if anyone had cared about justice back then for a blank, blank, blank. And then Willie Smith. Rapist in the clan and Teddy-boy backs him and gets him off scott free? Kennedys? Who gives a blank. Good for the New York chapter for saying it as it is. He's a mysoginist through and through. It's easier for white entitled men to back a black man because of the obvious issue of race inequality, harder for them to back a woman because of entrenched sexism within themselves. Don't back off NY NOW. Your sisters in the national administration of NOW are clearly cowering- don't want to piss off a Kennedy,eh? Gutless wonders ladies. Go NY!!!! Real feminists, i.e. real women and real men judge a candidate and other political figures on performance, not on media hype. Hillary is the best candidate- that is quite obvious to anyone with a modicum of sense. I worked in the senate as an intern and I can tell you no one who knows Ted Kennedy is in awe of him. He's just a nasty old white man. Why throw him undue respect?
    As for Carolyn Kennedy, what has she ever done and who is she to even judge her father's legacy when she was a tiny kid when he died? Other Kennedys, 3 in fact, and one an actual environmentalist, have backed Hillary. Bark Obama
    has said he won't be entrenched in Washington politics, Washington games and then he goes and picks up the grand daddy player of them all? What? Hypocrisy at its finest. He acts old school to any savvy observer.

    February 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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