View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Strange bedfellows

From Politico:

Rudy's Iowa co-chair served on state's Planned Parenthood board

The co-chair of Rudy Giuliani's Iowa campaign formerly served on the board of the state's chapter of Planned Parenthood and led the organization's fundraising drive in 2002.

Joy Corning, who served as lieutenant governor for former Gov. Terry Branstad's final eight years in office in the 1990s, was on the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood for Greater Iowa as recently as 2005, according a copy of the group's annual report. The document, found online, was provided by a rival campaign.

Also detailed on the website is a description of Corning's role in the organization's capital campaign, which lasted from 2002-2006.

She led the "Responsible Choices" fundraising effort which, according to the website, raised over $11 million for, among other things, upgrades to Planned Parenthood facilities across the state.

A member of the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, Corning was the first female elected to the Iowa state Senate. She briefly sought to become the state's first female governor, but dropped out early in the 1998 race.

While the other top GOP contenders have their share of pro-choice backers, the issue is especially sensitive for Giuliani, who maintains his pro-choice stance and himself contributed to the abortion rights organization in the 1990s. Giuliani released his Iowa leadership list today.

Asked to respond, a spokeswoman for the former mayor would only say that "Rudy enjoys widespread support from Republicans across the spectrum in Iowa and across the country."

Yep. Love that Rudy....


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