Fresh off a victory by its preferred candidate in the Manchester mayoral election, EMILY’s List has announced that it is throwing its endorsement and cash into the New Hampshire governor’s race in support of Molly Kelly.
Kelly is a Democrat and a former state senator from Keene (district 10). I was in the Senate gallery on several occasions as she spoke against fetal homicide legislation and in favor of the buffer zone law.
Her formal statement in response to the EMILY’s List endorsement, as reported by WMUR’s John DiStaso, includes the candid if clichéd declaration “I trust women to make their own health care decisions,” thereby smoothly assuming that abortion is health care – an assertion that the Republican incumbent has shown no inclination to dispute. Kelly adds, “As governor, I will defend funding for Planned Parenthood.” Well, so does the Republican incumbent governor, even though he strayed off the PP script once as Executive Councilor. That incumbent has already indicated that he’s running for re-election.
Kelly entered the Senate after winning a 2006 election over former Senate president Tom Eaton, who lost to her again in 2008 and 2010. In 2012, she won re-election by a 2-1 margin over her Republican challenger. In 2014, Republicans didn’t bother to put up a candidate against her. She retired after that term, and the district 10 state senate seat is now held by Democrat Jay Kahn.
2 thoughts on “EMILY’s List makes its Choice for N.H. Governor: Molly Kelly”
What are the chances that there would be two Molly Kellys – let alone poles apart on this subject? The original one – not from NH – was as pro-life as can be- who taught abstinence… It is shocking to me that there would arise a second person with the same name… In 2015 Molly Kelly was honored by Cardinal Mahoney for her lifetime pro-life work as speaker and educator.
The gubernatorial candidate is not the Molly Kelly to whom Cardinal Mahoney gave recognition. Same name, but no other connection.