Feminist Group Slams Kennedy for Obama Pick

Endorsement is 'the ultimate betrayal' of women, advocate says
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2008 7:45 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., smiles with Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., during a rally at American University in Washington Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Kennedy endorsed Obama Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Feminists denounced Ted Kennedy today for endorsing Barack Obama, calling it "the ultimate betrayal," the Times Union reports. The National Organization for Women's New York chapter released a statement that Kennedy has "joined the list of progressive white men who can't or won't handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton."

The statement sparked praise and condemnation within NOW, as some members threatened to quit the renowned women's organization. Chapter president Marcia Pappas, who wrote the rebuke, also targets a host of other eminent Democrats, including Howard Dean and all "groups that take women's money, say they'll do feminist and womens rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women" at the eleventh hour.