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Ilyse Hogue to replace Nancy Keenan as President of NARAL

by | Jan 14, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Ilyse Hogue

Ilyse Hogue

I don’t know much about Nancy Keenan’s successor as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, pretty much what I read in the stories that came out this afternoon. But the roster of jobs and positions Ilyse Hogue has held pretty much tell you she comes not from the Left, but from the far—and I do mean FAR—Left. She appears to be particularly well suited to be a pro-abortion attack dog.

According to NARAL’s press release, “Hogue joins NARAL Pro-Choice America as the former co-founder and co-director of Friends of Democracy Super PAC, a group that works to advance campaign finance reform. She is also a former senior advisor to Media Matters for America, the not-for-profit media accountability organization [ says Hogue “served as Senior Adviser to Media Matters for America where she focused on advocacy programs to undercut the power of right-wing media”], and the former director of political advocacy and communications for [“From 2006- 2011, Ilyse served as Director of Political Advocacy and Communications for].” She also appears in the pages of  the Nation.

Speaking of which, POLITICO writes “Hogue has taken a fiery, uncompromising tone on abortion rights and other progressive causes in her past roles, including her writings for The Nation, where she has been a frequent contributor.” I’ve had a chance to read a few of her columns and, yes, indeed, if hyperventilating is what NARAL wants in its new President, they’ve struck it rich in Hogue.

The buzz we’ve heard for a couple of years was that there would be a generational handing off of the baton—that somebody younger needed to come in and lit a fire in the belly of younger feminists whose lack of total devotion to abortion caught NARAL by surprise. And Hogue hits all the required notes in the statement NARAL put out.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be given the honor of leading this great organization,” Hogue said. “This is a critical moment to engage a new generation of young people in the conversation about what choice means in a modern age.  We have a unique opportunity to ignite the pro-choice values most Americans share, solidify our longstanding pro-choice base, and expand its reach moving forward.”

We’ll see. More tomorrow.

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