CLAYTON – The local chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus said Tuesday that it will cancel its preliminary list of 2022 candidate approvals after gaining objections, including its support for Jane Dueker, the county’s executive candidate. St. Louis.
Dueker, a longtime lobbyist and police union lawyer who ran in the August 2 Democratic primary against current county executive Sam Page, posted a tweet on May 19 promoting support for the caucus. , a non-partisan organization founded in 1971 to recruit and support women candidates for office and advocate for women’s reproductive freedom.
Delighted to get the endorsement of the@NWPCstlfor the StL county executive. It was an incredible honor to be in the room with the most amazing group of candidates who are ready to win this fall. See Jane Run, see Jane Win. #AnyDeLaDona #VoteJane #Momentum pic.twitter.com/XBJdlcWt9F
– Jane Dueker (I’m not Sam Page) (@JaneDueker) May 19, 2022
A day earlier, Dueker was among the women candidates who garnered support at an open caucus meeting.
But the endorsement of Dueker, an open opponent of Page and the mayor of St. Louis, Tishaura O. Jones, provoked rejection from some local Democrats and progressives who questioned how the support list was selected.
And two officials, MP LaDonna Appelbaum and Councilor Lisa Clancy, later announced that they were rejecting their own group endorsements.
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On Tuesday, the Women’s Caucus announced that it was canceling Dueker’s endorsement in a Facebook post by Helena Webb, vice president of endorsements.
Jaelith Judy, communications director, said the “Policy Board of the organization was able to confirm that (Dueker) had made some statements in the past that did not agree with the values of the organization,” but no he had more details, awaiting a formal statement.
The organization then announced that it would revoke all endorsements and restart the process after receiving “more than one candidate” objections, and the Facebook post was updated to reflect the new decision.
“Several members of our caucus contacted us with objections about more than one candidate who was to be endorsed this year,” the caucus said in a statement. “Our current guidelines and questionnaire did not give us a clear roadmap on how to address these concerns.
“In retrospect, we note that our approval process has not been updated as the organization has grown. For this reason, we consider it necessary to terminate all endorsements for 2022 while we review and review our approval process. and our statutes “.
Helena Webb, vice president of endorsements, said in an interview that she announced that the caucus would terminate Dueker’s endorsement on Tuesday morning because “it was the topic of social media activity and I was using social media at the time. to address it. ”
“But removing a person for complaints when other people have also received them would be ethically problematic,” Webb said. “Really, the best thing to do is pause and reinstate: we will invite every candidate, including Dueker, to seek approval once we have established our approval process.”
Webb declined to give further details or nominate other candidates about whom they had received objections.
Dueker was among the 30 candidates who attended the May 18 meeting with about 50 members, Webb said. Each candidate received at least 50% support after completing an application and making a brief presentation.
Webb added that the caucus management had been considering reviewing the process for a while because the current application process mainly includes “yes or no questions.”
Dueker said he had not received any communication from the caucus about the objections to his endorsement and accused the newspaper of “highlighting it”.
“I think that’s really unfair,” he said. “Nothing has been shared with me. All I know is that they are revoking all guarantees.”
And he accused Appelbaum and Clancy of working to undo their endorsement only for their support of Page, claiming the support of other members of the caucus who oppose Page.
This organization is known for its ability to recruit, train and select Pro Choice women. This past week has failed. I don’t want to be associated with an organization that undermines men who are also Pro Choice and are allies of women in politics. (2/3)
– LaDonna Appelbaum (@ AppelbaumMO71) May 22, 2022
Appelbaum is a former treasurer of Page’s campaign; Clancy is one of three allies on the seven-member County Council page.
“He got a former treasurer of his campaign and his biggest ally on the council to object and rescind his endorsements,” Dueker said. “He’s desperate and sad.”
Appelbaum on Tuesday denied that his May 21 tweet was directed at Dueker, saying the caucus approval process allowed a female candidate to gain uncritical support over men who are better candidates for the election.
“I was amazed that our progressive organization discounted our pro-election men who are already elected officials and pro-election activists who devoted their time and volunteered to help our pro-election causes.” he said.
Clancy, however, confirmed Tuesday that his objection was specifically directed at Dueker. He shared an email he sent to the caucus on Saturday in which he criticized Dueker for opposing police reform and using personal attacks on political opponents.
Dueker referred to Clancy on Twitter with names like “#KarenKlanKlancy.”
After calling his defense #KhanCon, @lisadclancy it blocks me. He supports Dir of Health, which deflected citizens, blatantly lied that he was being subjected to racial insults / assaults, and defamed the President of the Black Council nationwide, which Clancy tried to expel illegally. OK #KarenKlanClancy
– Jane Dueker (I’m not Sam Page) (@JaneDueker) October 11, 2021
“It does not send the right message to my voters to accept a endorsement along with the endorsement of someone who has been constantly hurt, especially on matters of fairness and police responsibility, and who is engaged in brutal insults and attacks. personal when there is a political disagreement, “Clancy wrote.