Saturday, May 25, 2013
The American Nurses Association and its political action committee have formally endorsed Angus King in the race to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.
The group says the independent former governor is among the candidates nationwide who "have demonstrated strong support for nursing and health care issues."
"The fact that King’s wife is a nurse may not be cause for support alone, but as governor of Maine, he removed barriers so that nurse practitioners could practice to their fullest capabilities," the association said in a written statement announcing the endorsement.
The association is especially interested in the elections this fall because of such issues as the Affordable Care Act and access to care, it said. King wants to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Support from the nurses' group is not a surprise. The association's PAC contributed $2,500 to King's campaign in early June.
That $2,500 donation, technically, was the maximum allowed for the primary election (even though King is running as an independent and didn't have a primary contest). The nurses can give King another $2,500 for the general election cycle, and they may already have. The next round of campaign finance disclosure reports will be available next month.
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