Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:31 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 9:47 PM
HELENA- Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau is among a notable list of women speaking at the national Democratic National Convention this year.
Juneau, along with Montana resident and president of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan, will be speaking at the convention on Sept. 6 in Charlotte, N.C.
Some of the other speakers include author Caroline Kennedy, actress Eva Longoria and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
Juneau was planning on attending the convention anyway because the Montana Democratic Party had chosen both Juneau and her mother, former MT State Senator Carol Juneau, as delegates to the national convention, but she says being asked to speak was a surprise.
Juneau said she got a call Tuesday inviting her to speak from President Barack Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, who graduated from the University of Montana.
"At that point I didn't know I would be among the list of elite women that were going to be speaking. But when I did see the list today, it is just really an honor to be included," she said.
Juneau is running for reelection against Republican Sandy Welch, who criticized Juneau for accepting the speaking engagement.
"Denise can't show up to debate me in Montana, but she can take a call from President Obama and accept an invitation to gallivant with East Coast liberals," Welch said.
Earlier this week Juneau cancelled a debate with Welch because she says the event was five days out and the time, place, and format hadn't been agreed upon, so she felt it was best to wait until the next one was more organized.