Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wrote an open letter on Tuesday endorsing an organization aimed at electing Republican women to federal office who would help prevent the enactment of far-left policies like those espoused by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
In an email to more than 600,000 members, Haley praised the work of Winning For Women (WFW), a not-for-profit grassroots organization founded in 2017 to identify female Republican leaders and build infrastructure to assist them while running for federal office.
“You may not hear much about them in the news, but Republican women are stepping up across the country to run for office,” Haley wrote in an email. “From veterans and business owners, to doctors and lawyers — these women are smart, they are qualified, and they are standing up for politics that makes our country stronger.”
“Without WFW PAC, we’ll continue to see liberal women like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected to Congress, only to apologize for our American values and promote dangerous policies like socialism, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal,” she continued.
Haley has been sharply critical of the far-left policies that the self-proclaimed “radical” congresswoman promotes, especially regarding foreign policy.
Haley slammed Ocasio-Cortez in May after the avowed democratic socialist refused to condemn socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s brutal repression in Venezuela.
“When a reporter asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez if the Maduro regime is legitimate, she offered this non-answer: ‘I defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this,'” Haley said at the time. “A simple ‘no’ would have sufficed.”
“WFW PAC is fighting to send strong conservative women to Washington who will get things done,” Haley’’s email continued. “It’s more important than ever to support strong conservative women who will stand up for America and advocate for job growth, free markets, strong national defense, and border security.”
Accordingly, the WFW political action committee has received over the years a host of high-profile donors, including former White House official Linda McMahon, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, financiers Robert and Rebekah Mercer, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, and hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, according to Politico.
The organization aims to serve as a counterweight to EMILY’s List, a PAC founded to elect pro-abortion Democratic female candidates to office.
Republican women are still largely the minority in Congress. In the 2018 midterm elections, only 37 women won House seats — only two of whom were Republicans. There are currently only 13 female Republicans serving in the House of Representatives — a number which both WFW and House Republican leadership hopes to grow.
“We have to work very hard as Republicans to convince more women to run for office, but also to convince more women to vote for us,” House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney said in July. Cheney, who serves as the highest-ranking female in the House, added that “attracting women voters is crucial.”
Haley, however, is largely seen as a leading conservative woman in the Republican Party. Only months after leaving the Trump administration at the end of 2018, the former South Carolina governor launched Stand For America, an advocacy group that promotes “public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security.” The move prompted speculation that Haley might be positioning herself for a 2024 presidential run.