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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Essential Estrogen: Ruth Harkin endorses Hillary Clinton; Tom Harkin remains neutral

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

In an email to supporters, Sen. Tom Harkin announced his wife Ruth plans to formally endorse Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton. In the email, Harkin explains that he and Ruth are no strangers to passionate political involvement and that his wife did not take this decision lightly. "Ruth took many things into account before deciding on this endorsement," Harkin wrote. "When Ruth was elected to the position of Story County Attorney in 1972, she was honored to be the first woman to hold the position of county attorney in our state's history -- and one of the first female county-wide prosecutors in the country. It was an exciting and challenging time for her, but it taught her that groundbreaking accomplishments just don't happen. They are not just made -- they happen over time and with hard work, determination and focus." Ruth Harkin served as county attorney in Story County until 1979. She was the county's lead criminal prosecutor and also served as its corporate attorney.

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