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Perhaps it can be chalked up to a quick timeline for circulating the letter (.pdf, 700+ kb), but I'm very disappointed that Mark Udall (CO-2) didn't sign onto the Conyers letter with 88 of his colleages.  

The letter merely asks the President to explain the discrepancies between what was reported in the lead-up to the Iraq war and the contents of the recently-leaked British memo, from well ahead of the war, which states that Bush had already decided to go to war.

It can't be too hard to sign onto a letter that asks a number of obvious and important questions.

To give the benefit of the doubt, I'm certainly willing to hear what may have happened to prevent Rep. Udall from signing on, but in equal fairness I want to say that this is a crucial issue for our time, very important to consituents in CO-2, and it would surprise me to hear that his office wasn't aware of the circulation of this letter.

(at this point, I'm also going to give Rep. Udall the benefit of the doubt and assume that he would have signed on if he could have)

So, I'll be writing in a few minutes to ask him why he didn't sign on, and including the link to the letter and Rep. Conyers diary.  I'll follow up with a phone call, too, because I'd really like his staff to know that folks in the district noticed his absence.

I'm looking forward to hearing back from his office with details.

Did your rep. sign onto the letter?  

[update 13:44, 5/7/2005 -- had to go away for a few hours, but prior to leaving, used the contact form on Rep. Udall's web site to check in on this issue. Unfortunately, there was a server-side problem and the message may not have gone through. I'll call anyway, but may have to send a paper letter. Thanks, all, for comments and listing whether your rep. signed on.]

[update 8:10 MDT, 5/13/2005 -- Still haven't heard from Rep. Udall's office. Called again this morning and left a message for a staffer. If you're in Rep. Udall's district, too, please call (202-224-3121, ask for Mark Udall's office) and request that he sign onto Rep. Conyers' letter.]

Originally posted to by foot on Sat May 07, 2005 at 06:53 AM PDT.

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  •  My Rep is a Republican (none)
    so no.

    To find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to God.

    by Delaware Dem on Sat May 07, 2005 at 06:52:35 AM PDT

  •  Conyers said (4.00)
    That most were away due to the weekend break, but everyone that he asked, did sign the letter. No one was asked and declined. Getting worked up over who didn't sign is misguided.

    "I heard Tom DeLay's blood was in the water and the sharks were circling him, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a metaphor"

    by George on Sat May 07, 2005 at 06:56:35 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the feedback. (none)
      I hadn't seen that.  Still, I'll be writing to ask Rep. Udall to make a special effort to participate in efforts like these.

      As I mentioned above, I'm certainly giving him the benefit of the doubt, and for the record, I know that he voted against the war.

      Let's get serious about renewables and efficiency. It's time to Win the Oil Endgame.

      by by foot on Sat May 07, 2005 at 06:59:58 AM PDT

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      •  Definately call (none)
        Ask him to add his name to the list if possible. I've just seen a number of folks ready to lynch their rep for not being among the original 88 when they may well have jumped at the chance.

        "I heard Tom DeLay's blood was in the water and the sharks were circling him, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a metaphor"

        by George on Sat May 07, 2005 at 07:11:34 AM PDT

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    •  It's out here now (none)
      Isn't it obvious though that perhaps by now many more know about it and shouldn't have to be asked in that case? I would say if another week passes and this is the same number of signatures we see, that it is something to get worked up about. I'm worked up already simply based on the fact that these people have lied to us, and not too many seem to be getting worked up about that. We're talking high crimes against the American people here.
  •  Mine Signed (none)
    Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-3) did sign, I was proud to see.  I also wrote him and thanked him for doing so.  

    If yours signed, be sure to offer your thanks.  

    Deval Patrick for Governor of Massachusetts

    by lightiris on Sat May 07, 2005 at 07:21:59 AM PDT

  •  My rep did. (none)
    It's so boring here. There's nothing to fight about. Democratic governor, Dem senators, Dem representative, Dem state legislature, left-wing state supreme court...

    Trees, mountains...

    •  Dem Dem Dem Dem (none)
      ...could be why you still have trees.


      by Doug in SF on Sat May 07, 2005 at 08:05:39 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, yes. (none)
        My great-grandfather was a logger in the 20s. They started to realize in the 40s and 50s that it wasn't endless. He was quite the conservationist in his 80s (1980s). Now, my grandmother (his daughter) collects all the historical information she can get about the logging When they figured out the rivers were getting shallow because of the silt they let loose, that's when they slowed down.
  •  for Mark Udall, every day is Groundhog Day... (none)
    As a fellow Udall constituent,  I'll give you my  take...

    I suppose it's possible that he didn't know the letter was being circulated.   Possible.  But unlikely.

    A better guess is that he saw the letter,  figured out that it could cast a political shadow,  and quickly retreated.  

    After all,  Mark aspires to even higher office,  and he's got us all figured out...     We're all cowed enough that he knows he can act with virtual impunity towards progressives,  and buttress his "centrist"  (i.e., pro-militarism,  pro-corporate power)  credentials at our expense.  After all, the Republicans will no doubt be running Lucifer as their candidate,  so Mark knows he's got our votes in the bag, no matter how hard he slaps us in the meantime.

    So clearly,  he is not disposed to  expend potential political capital  (as he sees it, at least)   by unnnecessarily signing a letter,  which he fears will one day be used against him by a Republican opponent as "evidence"  that he "didn't stand behind the President and our brave troops in a time of war."

    Mark's political cowardice is borne of a deep conviction that--translated roughly-- goes something like this.... "Colorado is a very Republican state, therefore we need to have a thousand year plan of progress at a glacial pace..."

    So much for boldness and vision.  That sounds more  like a formula for permanent minority status and perpetual political retreat.   In short,  what we've witnessed with the Democratic Party's demise since Bobby Kennedy fell to the ground in 1968,

    Mark pulled a similar stunt a few weeks ago when it was time to authorize another 70 billion dollars for Bush's war in Iraq.  

    He voted for the expenditure,  no doubt terrified of the consequences of being labelled as "not supporting the troops."

    His statement went something like this [my comments bracketed], "while I questioned the wisdom of the Iraq invasion [Mark, WHAT "wisdom,"  come out and say the L-I-E  word, for god's sake!],  now is not the time to debate it [like hell,  Mark,  WHEN is that time?] because we need to support the troops."

    There you have it.  

    So Mark,  if I'm following your logic,  Bush could invade CANADA next week.  You might meekly question the "wisdom" of such a move.  But once the U.S. Army has reached Toronto, well, well, you'll vote to fund the invasion because after all, the troops need the proper equipment to get the job done, and it's not the time to question the President while the troops are in harm's way.

    Now of course Mark had other options:

    He could have loudly demanded Congressional hearings as to who in the White House and DOD sent the troops into Iraq without the right equipment in the first place, and demanded their resignations and criminal prosecutions.

    He could sponsor legislation which would require war profiteers to give back all excess profits to the troops' equipment,  family benefits,  and health care.

    Of course, forgive my flight of fantasy... those ideas require boldness.   So forget that.

    More characteristic is his withdrawal of his earlier support for creation of a Department of Peace.   While he signed on earlier, he withdrew ("coincidentally,"  at about the time he became a John Kerry leader in Colorado), claiming  we don't have the money for promoting nonviolence.   Besides, what could be more terrifying than being labelled a "peace supporter"  by your Republican opponent in the next Senate race?   But another 70 billion for an illegal war?   Just pass the checkbook.

    Now, lest I be too harsh....   he's personally not a bad guy.  He's very good on band-aid approaches to the environment.  And yes,  three years ago he voted against the Patriot Act.   And he can sometimes be dragged kicking and screaming by his constituents to do the right thing.  

    But overall,  Mark is another poster child for what's wrong with my Democratic Party.  

    Bottom line?   Don't sit around waiting for Mark to lead us to any political promised land during this lifetime.   We're the people we've been waiting for.   When the people lead,  "leaders"  like Mark Udall will follow.  

    So check out some of the things going on locally here in CD2, and get involved!

    "Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence."

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  •  Mine is in - Blumenauer (OR-3) (none)
    Can you imagine the 24-7 coverage parsing every word, banner headlines across every newspaper, hundreds of committee hearings, and even more nutty "experts" fighting for face time if this had happened on Clinton's watch?  

    All those people who told us what bushco was really doing (O'Neill, Clark, Zinni, etc.) and who were savaged by bushco and the media are owed an apology - not that they'll ever get one.    

  •  My Rep Didn't Sign (none)

    But then my Rep is Eliot Engel and he's taught me not to have terribly high expectations.

    Aside from his support for closing Indian Point, he's largely a pandering AIPAC hack who's more interested in his constituents in the occupied West Bank than his constituents on the west bank of the Hudson River.

    Why the Democratic Party leadership can't at least make it clear to Eliot et. al. that the natural partner for US Democrats in Israel is Labor and not Likud is truly a mystery. I think of Engel as Joe Lieberman's Mini-Me.

    Engel is definitely worth a primary challenge.

  •  My Rep is too busy choking......... (none)
    his 29 year old girl friend in hotel rooms.

    ...get rid of that DoD "Total Information Awareness" program that's right out of George Orwell's 1984.... AL GORE, 2003

    by TeresaInPa on Sat May 07, 2005 at 07:48:35 AM PDT

  •  Mine signed: (none)
    Tammy Baldwin.
  •  Is there any way... (none)
    Is there any way to get a text listing?  I can't read all the different chicken scribbles.

    My congresswoman is Juanita Millender MacDonald.  I didn't see her on there, but it's hard to tell what many of the names are.

  •  CA District 12 SF (none)
    Unfortunately Tom Lantos is my Rep - I would much rather have the other SF Rep Boxer, representing me.  

    I have caled Lantos'office and wrote a letter.

    But if there are any other SF Kossaks in his District, please give him a call.  I almost never hear about him  taking a stand against the Repthugs.

  •  My Rep. is Bernie Sanders .... (none)
     and I was not surprised to find he signed the document.
      However I will say , thank you to the person who printed out the 88 because by looking at the handwritten signatures I wouldn't have been able to find it!
    •  Bernie Sanders (none)
      is a rock star!  I wish he was my rep.  We get alot of BS from ours, loads of bait and switch.  They also like to take on vanity projects so that they can be indulged with constituent praise for their actions, and yet, CA is rather a mess.  I wish we had those smart Vermonters here:)
  •  Not Last I Checked---Anthony Weiner (none)
    Future Mayor of New York City?
    Please sign the bill.
    I know Rep. Conyers pointed out that not everyone who would have wished to sign it had the chance.
    Please make that chance happen and sign it.

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