A Hard-Nosed Nationally Recognized Prosecutor and Advocate
Anyone worried that Long Island is losing a progressive voice with the retirement of gun safety and women’s health champion Carolyn McCarthy will be heartened by Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice's decision to seek McCarthy’s seat in Congress. Nationally recognized for her efforts to combat drunk driving, substance abuse and consumer fraud, Kathleen received McCarthy’s endorsement almost immediately; "Kathleen's candidacy gives me hope for my legacy, for the future of Long Island and the future of our nation," McCarthy said. Kathleen may still, however, face an expensive primary against a local legislator — if we want to send Kathleen to the House in November, we've got to get behind her today.
A Fighter for Consumers, Workers, and Women's Health
During nearly a decade on the job, Kathleen has used the District Attorney's office to root out cheating and corruption, from the classroom to the boardroom. After uncovering a massive SAT cheating scandal, Kathleen implemented a number of security upgrades to safeguard the system. She cracked down on businesses for unpaid taxes and underpaid workers, while aggressively prosecuting identity theft and insurance scams. Her crusade against drunk driving, which included tougher penalties for those who drink and drive with children in the car or injure other motorists, was praised by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Proudly pro-choice, Kathleen authored an op-ed calling for codification of the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, writing, "our reproductive health rights… should be affirmative confirmations of our belief in the importance of healthy women and families."
An Expensive, Must-Win Seat for Democrats
The first woman to serve as Nassau County's chief law enforcement officer, Kathleen won re-election to this "quintessential swing" county by nearly 19 points in 2010, a disastrous year for Democrats nationwide. Still, the GOP is hungrily eyeing the 4th District, made more Republican in 2010's redistricting — an NRCC spokesman called the district a "likely pickup opportunity." Given the race is predicted to attract right-wing Super PAC activity and cost millions of dollars, we don't have a moment to waste. Kathleen will be counting on the support of the EMILY's List community to clear a potential primary, hold this seat for Democrats, and continue Carolyn McCarthy's progressive legacy in Congress.