Emily's List, the liberal group that helps fund progressive women in politics, has targeted Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo over his stances on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and the minimum wage.
The organization, which boasts 3 million members, has included the freshman Curbelo on its list of 15 House members to unseat in 2016, calling his short voting record as "anti-woman and anti-family." Curbelo faces a challenge so far from Democrat Annette Taddeo to represent a swing Westchester-to-Key West district. He's the only Florida member of Congress in Emily's List's sights.
"In less than five months into the 114th Congress, we have seen Congressman Curbelo put his personal interest ahead of his constituents by cosponsoring abortion bans, restricting women's access to health care, and not supporting minimum wage proposals that would benefit the most vulnerable women and families in Florida's 26th Congressional District," Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement.
The statement cited a single Curbelo vote -- restricting abortion after 20 weeks' gestation -- and two campaign comments last year (opposing increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and referring to Social Security and Medicare as a "Ponzi scheme") as reasons for trying to unseat him.
After voting in January for legislation tightening federal funding for abortions under Obamacare, Curbelo said in a statement that the policy was important to him.
"As a father and pro-life advocate, I strongly believe that life is a gift that must be cherished and protected," he said. "By prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother, Congress has reaffirmed its commitment to advancing pro-life legislation and defending life."
His office made sure to note, however, that other sources of funding for abortions were unaffected.