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EMILY’s List Blasts Ed Turanchik for Diminishing Jane Castor’s Credentials, Attributing Her Support

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2019

EMILY's List Blasts Ed Turanchik for Diminishing Jane Castor's Credentials, Attributing Her Support Exclusively to Her Being a Woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a statement to Florida Politics, Tampa mayoral candidate Ed Turanchik declared that "women have an advantage" in the current political climate, saying Jane Castor has gotten a "bigger bounce" due to her gender. Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

"Mr. Turanchik insults and diminishes Jane Castor's 30 years of experience and service as a manager and chief of police, reducing her campaign's strong support to her gender instead of her impressive credentials. At EMILY's List, we support women who are far and away the best candidates for the job. Clearly, we made the right choice by endorsing Jane Castor for Tampa mayor."

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