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Dear Sir:

In your editorial of 18 October, you say of LtCol Charles Brown, "Appearances are deceiving." There is nothing about Charlie that is deceiving; rather, it is your editorial that is deceiving.  Charlie will always take responsibility for what he says and does.  For you to imply that he agrees with everything that Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, and Code Pink say and do is a pathetic attempt at guilt by association.  If Charlie happened to make a single appearance with these people, to stretch that into saying that he "hangs out with this ilk" is a distortion.

I note with interest that your editorial does not take issue with Charlie on a single subject of concern to the voters of Northern California or of the 4th District.  Why?

You say that John Doolittle supports our troops.  Really?  The fact is that he has one of the worst voting records in Congress on veterans' affairs.  What sort of support is that?  Meanwhile, your laundry list of Doolitle's accomplishments is singularly underwhelming for 16 years in Congress.  If Charlie doesn't match that in his first term, I'll call him "do-little."

But the best way to compare apples and apples is compare character.  During four grueling years at the Air Force Academy, Cadet Charlie Brown learned to live by a code of honor:  "We will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."  This is the code that was etched in that young man's mind and soul.  He carried it with him throughout his 26 years of service to the United States, as well as his seven years of service to the people of Roseville.  So on Election Day, you just have to ask yourself one question:  does John Doolittle live by that code of honor?

Sincerely,
Thomas Gangale, Capt, USAF (Ret.)

Originally posted to tgangale on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 07:15 PM PDT.

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  •  Splendid letter, Captain Gangale (7+ / 0-)

    Thanks for coming to Charlie's defense so eloquently. I hope they have the guts to publish it in that ironically named paper.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 07:28:45 PM PDT

  •  I like Grass Valley editorial much better (7+ / 0-)

    but I like your letter to the editor a lot, Tom.

    The publisher of the Grass Valley paper is more interested in character and decency. The writer of that Mountain "Democrat" editorial wouldn't know about character and decency if it slapped him upside the head. Takes blinders to not notice that Doolittle's wife is pocketing 15 percent of every campaign contribution, and that's just the petty corruption. With Doolittle, it gets much, much worse. Here's part of what the conservative Grass Valley paper had to say-- and it's a whole lot more thoughtful.  

    http://www.theunion.com/...

    A lot to like about Charlie Brown

    By Jeff Ackerman, jeffa@theunion.com
    October 10, 2006

    ...

    I asked Brown how he got to land in Roseville after a career as an Air Force aviator, and he said his last military stop was Beale Air Force Base and he'd wanted to stick around and raise his two kids -- Jeff and Stacey -- who are young adults now and out of the house. Jeff followed his dad's footsteps and is an Air Force pilot who has flown in and out of Iraq. Stacey recently graduated from UC-Irvine.

    "When I retired from the Air Force, I knew I couldn't stop working," he said to me. "I told my kids I'd take care of their college and make sure they had a car that worked."

    To help fulfill that promise, Brown took a job as a Roseville police dispatcher because the "job sounded interesting" and the schedule (four 10-hour days a week) allowed him to spend more time with his family. He also went back to school to get a teaching credential.

    Plans changed when Brown saw that things needed changing in Washington, D.C., and that a start to that would be "dumping" Doolittle, the Republican who has had a stranglehold on the Congressional seat for the past 16 years. That's easier said than done in a district that has a lot more Republicans than Democrats (Placer County is the state's most Republican county on a per capita basis). It means Brown will need to convince most of the "declined to states" (such as yours truly) and more than a few Republicans that Doolittle has lost touch with his constituents and that it's time to end the sleaziness that seems to have pockmarked Doolittle and some of his associates, including Jack Abramoff, who will soon be forced do to his lobbying from a federal prison cell.

    "It's kind of like Michael Jackson," I said to Brown as the waitress took our lunch orders. "He'd been in Neverland so long he completely lost connection with the real world."

    Such is the life of the 55-year-old Doolittle, whose adult life has mostly been spent in political office. He was in the California Legislature at 26 years or age and has never really held a "real" job.

    On the surface it's a mismatch, this Doolittle-Brown race. Doolittle heads a well-oiled political machine that not only operates in Washington but also has influenced many "local" political races throughout the 4th Congressional District, which stretches from the eastern Sacramento region to Lake Tahoe on the south and runs up the Sierra Nevada range to the high desert of Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas and Sierra counties.

    Brown, on the other hand, is just a guy who literally woke up one day and decided he'd had enough and wanted to do something about that.

    "Why not start ... I don't know ... with a City Council seat?" I asked, wondering why Brown would want to jump straight from the dispatcher's chair to a seat in Congress.

    "That's not where my interests were," Brown replied, looking me straight in the eyes, as you would expect an Iowa farm boy to do. "I'm concerned about the direction this country is headed and my wife (Jan) agreed that I ought to do something."

    Quit complaining and do something, as they say on the farm.

    First and foremost on Brown's platform is the war in Iraq. He thinks we've already achieved the objective of defeating Saddam's army, which failed to produce the weapons of mass destruction, and that we need to accelerate rebuilding efforts and re-engage the international community in the reconstruction effort. He says we need to secure our borders and implement the 9/11 commission's recommendations, such as national railway, port and transit security plans. He says we also need to stop the pork barrel spending that "doesn't address legitimate threats or address the communication and interoperability problems that continue to plague intelligence and emergency response operations."

    War and borders and health care (he supports a universal health care system) aside, Brown mostly talked to me about ethics and integrity and all of those things that a leader must have in the first place. That's what matters most to me. I don't care what party he's from, so long as the candidate has a good heart and the mind to know right from wrong.

    "Do the right thing," someone told me once. "You do that and everything else takes care of itself."

    From Foley to Abramoff to Doolittle's mishandling of the sweatshops in the Micronesia Islands (he failed to back measures that would help stop that human suffering that I saw firsthand as a journalist in Saipan), I'm just sick and tired of the same tired game that I suspect has turned most Americans to a life of reality TV.

    And there is a lot to like about this Charlie Brown fellow. To start with, he's human, not some political clone. He really believes he can make a difference, and I don't see any reason not to give him a chance. That's all, just a chance. Doolittle has had more than enough chances and more time than any politician ought to be given to get whatever he felt needed doing, or undoing, when he ran the first and last time.

    ...

    Jeff Ackerman is the publisher of The Union. in  Grass Valley 95945.

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 07:39:50 PM PDT

  •  Here's another great article on Charlie (6+ / 0-)

    And I heart the photo of the white-haired Republican woman carrying the sign: Republican for Charlie Brown for Congress 2006
    She says she's definitely not a Democrat and is definitely not voting for Doolittle.

    http://www.newsreview.com/...

    Better Dem than him
    Some lifelong Republicans are defecting from Doolittle
    October 12, 2006
    By Kel Munger

    ...GOP stalwart Joanne Neft is fed up with John Doolittle. She’s switching to moderate Democrat Charlie Brown.
    Photo By Larry Dalton

    Joanne Neft wouldn't vote for just any old Democrat, let alone work on a campaign for one. She’s a rock-ribbed Placer County Republican, registered with the GOP for going on 50 of her 71 years of life.

    “I’ve only lived in Placer County for 40 years,” Neft told SN&R. She wants to make it clear that, even though she’s a relative newcomer, she’s no carpetbagger. “My husband is fifth-generation, though.”

    So, what’s she doing in a bright red T-shirt that proclaims her a member of the Republicans for Charlie Brown? And how in the world does she think the shirt doesn’t clash with her traditionally Republican elephant earrings?

    “I respect the office of Congress,” Neft said. “Unfortunately, I do not have, right now, a congressman I can respect.”

    Her list of grievances against incumbent Republican Representative John Doolittle starts with his habit of inserting both money and partisan politics into nonpartisan local political races [see “Boss Doolittle”; SN&R Feature Story; July 22, 2004] and gets longer. She’s outraged that he’s been implicated in financial scandals with indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his alleged co-conspirator Brent Wilkes. She loathes what she sees as a pay-for-play attitude, where “in order to have a conversation with John Doolittle himself, you need to be a major contributor.” And Doolittle’s work with Abramoff on behalf of the garment industry in the Mariana Islands, “where his idea of free-market capitalism is women in indentured servitude, working for less than minimum wage and forced to sell their bodies to pay off debts,” puts her over the edge....now go read the rest of this article on the News Review web site.
    http://www.newsreview.com/...

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 07:48:55 PM PDT

  •  Chip in--Brown is terrific candidate (4+ / 0-)

    Help keep his commercial on air.

    Here's Charlie's commercial.

    Keep the Ad running, Here's where to Contribute.
    Help Charlie Brown Fight Back.

    Charlie's not high profile on dkos but he should be.

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 07:55:06 PM PDT

  •  I don't get why anyone voting for Doolittle (4+ / 0-)

    He's a walking scandal sheet. Wouldn't you feel ashamed if your congress critter was busted for corruption and you voted for him? Doolittle is so ripe to be busted, it's freaky. Check this out--from the Sacramento Bee.

    http://www.sacbee.com/...

    E-mail adds fuel to the fire
    It suggests Doolittle wanted wife to work for Abramoff in 2000.
    By David Whitney - Bee Washington Bureau

    Friday, October 13, 2006
    Page A6
    
    A day after a hot campaign debate in which Rep. John Doolittle said there was nothing unethical in his relationship with Jack Abramoff, a new e-mail surfaced Thursday indicating he was hoping his wife could go to work for the disgraced lobbyist as early as 2000.

    The e-mail, part of a report released in Washington by the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee, came as Doolittle and and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Brown, were dissecting the results of their Wednesday night slugfest.

    ...

    The e-mail released Thursday was written by Kevin Ring, an Abramoff associate and former Doolittle staffer, to his boss. In it, Ring relates that Doolittle is "very very excited and appreciative" about the possibility of his wife, Julie, going to work for an Abramoff nonprofit group called Toward Tradition.

    "JTD knows of the group and would like to talk to you about it," the e-mail says.

    The e-mail suggests Doolittle was trying to get a job for his wife two years before she ultimately took a position working for Abramoff at his law firm, Greenberg Traurig.
    ...
    During the debate, the two candidates argued and fought, sometimes with open hostility, over issues ranging from construction of an Auburn dam to gay marriage.

    Some of the fiercest conflicts were over Doolittle's ethical behavior in his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Abramoff and Brown's position on the Iraq war.
    ...
    For his part, Doolittle parried when pressed about whether he thought his constituents deserved an apology because of his controversial relationship with Abramoff. Doolittle struck out at the "liberal media," saying only that the lobbyist turned out not to be the person he thought he was.

    In a related campaign matter, Sacramento attorney John M. Poswall announced Thursday that he was starting to run advertisements against Doolittle accusing him of being a draft dodger during the Vietnam War.

    Poswall said he has paid for 30 spots to air on radio station KAHI until Oct. 25. The advertising was not coordinated with the Brown campaign, he said.

    The ad relies on information Poswall obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showing that Doolittle had failed to report for a pre-induction physical and then obtained a religious deferment to serve as a Mormon missionary.

    "Representative John Doolittle likes to wrap himself in the American flag, but did you know that as 53,000 United States soldiers were dying in Vietnam, Doolittle turned his back on his country?" the ad says.

    Asked during the debate whether he was a draft dodger, Doolittle said he supported the war and intended to enter the military after his missionary service, but that the conflict was over by the time he returned.

    The Sacramento Bee

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 08:03:03 PM PDT

  •  Good Letter (6+ / 0-)

    John Doolittle should be sent to jail - not Washington.

    Bring them home. NOW

    by Arlyn on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 08:05:51 PM PDT

  •  Ney, Cunningham, Doolittle, the similarities (3+ / 0-)

    I think we're going to have another situation where a republican congressman (Doolittle) won't quit even after pleading guilty to corruption, just like his fellow republican Congressman Ney, the felon.

    Here's my question. Why is Doolittle using so much of his campaign contributions to pay for high-powered criminal lawyers while he's being questioned about the Abramoff and Cunningham scandals? Sacramento Bee is all over this story.

    Doolittle attorney, Justice talk
    By David Whitney - Bee Washington Bureau
    http://www.sacbee.com/...
    Tuesday, October 17, 2006
    Page A1

    John Doolittle's office insists that the congressman is not under investigation over his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer

    Rep. John Doolittle acknowledged Monday that his lawyer, whom he has paid more than $38,000 in the past two months, is talking with the Justice Department about the congressman's relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    The Washington Post and other papers, citing unnamed sources, have said the Roseville Republican and Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., are under investigation in the Abramoff matter.

    Doolittle's office in a statement late Monday again insisted that the congressman is not under investigation.

    Instead, it characterized the meetings as an effort initiated by Doolittle to clear the congressman's name.
    ...

    The new disclosures have added fuel to the campaign of Democratic challenger Charlie Brown, who has tried to tie Doolittle to the so-called "culture of corruption" in Washington, D.C., arising from the Abramoff scandal and the bribery conviction of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-San Diego.

    One of those implicated in the Cunningham bribery, San Diego businessman Brent Wilkes, also was a major contributor to Doolittle.

    "It's time for John Doolittle to level with voters in his district, and stop lying about being under investigation for his involvement with Jack Abramoff," Brown said in a prepared statement Monday. "His shady campaign finance dealings, the fact that he won't return the tainted money he's taken from admitted felons, and his continued denials illustrate his lack of moral fitness for the office of congressman."

    Doolittle has said repeatedly that he has done nothing wrong, and that his relationship with Abramoff was ethical.

    The new payments to the law firm disclosed Monday in the congressman's latest campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission bring to nearly $50,000 the amount of money his campaign has paid for legal advice related to Abramoff.

    Legal fees totaling $19,306 in September and $19,072 in August to the Virginia law firm of Williams Mullen are in addition to $11,274 the Doolittle campaign reported paying earlier this year. Doolittle spokesman Richard Robinson said that after an initial $10,000 retainer was paid in January, the congressman hired David Barger, a partner in the Williams Mullen firm near the congressman's suburban Virginia home.

    Barger specializes in white-collar criminal defense, government investigations and criminal and civil tax controversies.

    A former federal prosecutor, Barger headed the Virginia Bar Association's criminal law committee from 2002 to 2004.

    ...
    The new legal fees were included in the Doolittle campaign's report covering activity between July 1 and Sept. 30.

    The report showed that Doolittle raised about $710,000 during the period and spent about $196,800, leaving him with a cash surplus of about $678,000 after debts are deducted.

    The Doolittle campaign also disclosed that it paid Sierra Dominion Financial Services, the fundraising firm owned by Doolittle's wife, Julie, and operated out of their Oakton, Va., home, $6,200 during the third quarter.

    The payment to Sierra Dominion, which earns a 15 percent commission on money it raises, brings to $67,348 the amount it has received so far during the 2005-2006 election cycle.

    At that rate, it appears his wife's company has been responsible for raising nearly a quarter of almost $2 million in contributions the Doolittle campaign has received since January 2005.

    The Sept. 30 ending of the quarterly reporting period was before an Oct. 3 fundraiser Doolittle held in El Dorado Hills featuring President Bush.

    That event raised more than $600,000, the Doolittle campaign said at the time.

    During the same three-month period, the Brown campaign raised about $501,000 and reported having $251,000 in the bank as of Sept. 30.

    The legal fees paid to Williams Mullen were not the Doolittle campaign's only legal expenses....

    For the three-month period, it also paid more than $11,000 to the Wiley Rein & Fielding law firm that advises the congressman on campaign finance matters. Those fees nearly doubled the $13,000 that had been paid the firm over the previous 18 months, from January 2005 to June 30, 2006.

    According to a Federal Election Commission advisory opinion issued in September 2006 to Cunningham's campaign committee, it is permissible to use campaign funds to pay lawyers in connection with grand jury investigations and legal proceedings that arise from such investigations.

    The threshold, the FEC told the Cunningham campaign, is whether the conduct at issue is related to campaign activities or the congressman's duties as a federal officeholder.

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 08:13:20 PM PDT

  •  Mercury News endorsed Charlie Brown (0+ / 0-)

    and pulled no punches about the qualitative differences between Charlie Brown and Doolittle.

    The Merc says both Pombo and Doolittle deserve defeat.

    Here's an excerpt from the editorial October 12

    http://www.mercurynews.com/...
    Thu, Oct. 12, 2006
    Two House members deserve defeat Nov. 7
    Mercury News Editorial

    Even gerrymandering can't guarantee the re-election of California Republican Congressmen Richard Pombo and John Doolittle. Many voters have had it with their money-grubbing and their party's influence-peddling. It's about time.
    ...

    Doolittle and Pombo rose to leadership positions under DeLay and have been enmeshed in the web of corporate lobbyist ties that he established.

    Five years ago, Doolittle and Pombo interfered with an investigation by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. into a failed savings and loan owned by Texas businessman Charles Hurwitz, a major GOP donor. In what an FDIC spokesman called ``a seamy abuse of the legislative process,'' Doolittle and Pombo introduced sensitive documents into the Congressional Record to damage the government's case.

    ...
    Over the past five years, Doolittle has accepted $140,000 in donations to his campaign and related funds from Abramoff, his associates and Abramoff clients, including Indian tribes, according to the Sacramento Bee.

    Both Doolittle and Pombo also put relatives on campaign payrolls -- a practice that, while not illegal, should be discouraged. Pombo's brother Randall, his campaign's treasurer, has received an average of $43,000 a year since 1992. His wife, Annette, has been listed as a consultant since 2003, earning an average $48,000 a year.

    Doolittle's wife, Julie, in a more blatant end-run around campaign-finance laws, has worked as a campaign consultant for her husband, charging a 15 percent commission on contributions. That has netted her more than $180,000 since 2001. Two clients were Abramoff's lobbyist firm and Abramoff's restaurant, Signatures, where he plied members of Congress with free meals.

    Doolittle and Pombo embody Washington's incestuous political culture. By throwing them out, voters would signal the need for change.

    I'd like to know why the Mountain Democrat ignores Doolittle corruption issues and chooses to bait Charlie Brown for his political stands.

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 08:24:44 PM PDT

  •  Deserving Defeat (4+ / 0-)

    No one knew who Charlie was when he started his campaign.  Of course, John Doolittle considers himself to be a stand-up guy, so he doesn't know himself.

    Sun Tzu: Therefore I say: 'Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and of yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.'

    Li Ch'uan: Such people are called 'mad bandits.' What can they expect if not defeat?

  •  Stark Differences (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    espresso, AmericanRiverCanyon

    This brilliant essay by Howie Klein captures the stark differences between the two candidates in CA-4. Please help Charlie get the word out. He makes us proud.

    http://www.firedoglake.com/...

    Here's where to send Charlie a few bucks to beat the corrupt incumbent.
    http://www.charliebrownforcongress.o...

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 08:44:30 PM PDT

  •  Will Doolittle be indicted sooner or later? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    espresso, AmericanRiverCanyon

    Back in early August, here's what dkosser dengre wrote about this race. http://www.dailykos.com/...

    #4: I expect John Doolittle (CA-4) will be named as Congressman #3 when the next Abramoff scandal indictments and/or plea deals are announced. In an earlier post I laid out the case against Doolittle. He will be indicted. The trouble is timing. It might happen before November, but it could also happen after the election. Another open question is what crime will he be indicted for first. Doolittle offers prosecutors a cornucopia of corruption. I expect more bad news will break for Doolittle within days, maybe even hours. And if things weren't bad enough for John Family Plan Doolittle, an American Hero, Charlie Brown, is the Democrat running to defeat the major crook. Charlie needs our help and we should be happy to lend a hand.

    Well, as we know, Doolittle has hired an army of lawyers to battle his indictment, and hasn't been indicted yet. He knows how to play the system, having never worked a day in his life except on the public dole.
    Meanwhile, the campaign for Charlie Brown needs feet on the ground to go door to door talking to voters, and people to help with the phone bank (if you can't go door to door) and some money, please. Our guy's worth it.

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 09:19:17 PM PDT

  •  Anti-Brown NRCC Mailing is Outrageous (3+ / 0-)

    I just got my hands on a new National Republican Congressional Committee mailing (NRCC). It came in today's mail.

    The front page shouts 'CHARLIE BROWN WILL BRING PRESCRIPTION DRUG RELIEF TO A GRINDING HALT"

    It leaves me totally speechless, even in a place where four letter explitives are common. It appears to be aimed at Doolittle's true believer, Christian base. Obviously the Republicans and Doolittle are confident they will believe anything.

    Nothing I have seen more clearly and directly shows the lack of ethics, integrity and honesty of Doolittle and the rest of the Republicans as does this gross intrution into my home.

    This mailer appears to be sent to every Republican in the district and the inside page continues with this same attack.

    After reading this thing I have come to the conclusion that the only people who will vote for Doolittle are those who share his total lack of integrity, honesty and ethics. This includes my friends and neighbors. Look at the total votes for Dolittle next month and it will give you an exact count of the number of corrupt people with no values in CA-04.

  •  Very very good letter (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    espresso, AmericanRiverCanyon

    I mean, just excellent. Hope it moves other military folk, especially, if they're not there, already.

    Thank you for this letter.

    Be good to each other. It matters.

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 11:15:05 PM PDT

  •  Just got back from seeing Charlie and Joe Wilson (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    espresso, AmericanRiverCanyon

    I've seen Charlie and Joe before at a small event here in SF, but the one today was up in Sausalito and it was fantastic. Great crowd and I know they have an even bigger event going on right now in Davis (that one had such a huge RSVP list, they had to move it to a bigger location).

    Anytime I hear Doolittle whining about Charlie coming to the 'most liberal parts of of the Bay Area' to raise money, I want to scream. Does he really think that people in our districts don't have things in common with the people of the 4th? How about the fact we have no National Guard troops in case of an emergency? How about we share a huge industry named tourism? How about the fact that the American River Canyon that Doolittle wants to flood, is something that people in this district love to enjoy.

  •  Here is what I sent the Mtn Dem: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    AmericanRiverCanyon

    (and you really need to read it side by side with the original endorsement of Doolittle!)

    "Republican John Doolittle has been trying to portray himself as ethical, someone who might appeal to independent voters and peel off Democratic support for Charlie Brown.  Appearances are deceiving, though.  I was shocked to learn that he worked closely with Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay at the same time he oversaw the hearings that detailed the religious persecution and sex crimes in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marinas Islands (CNMI).  The testimony was given in 1999 by the Department of the Interior, something he hasn’t told any of the voters whose vote he is seeking.

    Who were these people?

    Jack Abramoff is a Republican, a convicted felon, a close friend of John Doolittle (by his own admission) and a former lobbyist for the Northern Marinas Islands.  Jack Abramoff hired Julie Doolittle to work for his lobbying firm and she received $66,000.00 as a likely quid pro quo for her husbands work on Abramoff’s behalf in the CNMI.

    Tom DeLay?  He is the Republican former Majority Leader who was forced to step down from his position when he was indicted on criminal charges that he conspired to violate campaign finance laws, laundered money, and conspired to engage in money laundering.  The first count of the indictment was dismissed, but not the other two.

    The Department of the Interior?  These are the wonderful people whose responsibility it is to oversee US Territorial States such as the CNMI.  In 1998 they testified in front of John Doolittle that workers in the Northern Marinas were being subjected to forced sex work, forced abortions, religious persecution and sweatshop conditions.  And the DOI people are wonderful; they tried their best to get laws passed to protect these workers.

    John Doolittle?  He is our Congressman currently under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. He has tried his hardest to prevent any laws for protecting CNMI workers from being passed.  And since 1998 with the help of his friend Jack Abramoff he has succeeded in condemning these workers to 7 more years of these appalling conditions.  He has done nothing to alleviate these abuses—he sold out his values and principles for money and power.

    A politician of this sort doesn’t represent the values I want to see in a Congressional candidate.

    Just in his 11 years in Congress alone Doolittle has made sure Congress funded the following:

    $1.6 million to convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s firm.
    $158 million to the government of the CNMI with the help of Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, & Jack Abramoff.
    $37 million for unneeded military earmarks to Brent Wilkes with the help of convicted GOP felon Randy “Duke” Cunningham.
    Uncounted millions of dollars to various Indian tribes in support of Casino Gambling.  

    He was also instrumental in creating the bitter, vituperative and highly partisan divide that exists in Congress today.  When the Democrats retake the House on November 7th, John Doolittle will lose his Caucus seats, his Committee positions and his clout.  Doolittle will not be able to return any Federal funds to any county in his district, including El Dorado.

    My vote goes to the person who will actually accomplish something not just for this district, but for our great State, our great Nation and the global community we live in. My vote goes to the person who will hold a leadership position in the new democratically controlled Congress.  My vote goes to someone who will not cut and run in Iraq, but who actually supports our troops and will work to bring them home safe and sound, not leave them to stay and die on foreign soil. I endorse the election of Charlie Brown to Congress."

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

    by espresso on Sun Oct 22, 2006 at 07:10:35 PM PDT

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    J.D. Hayworth
    hires criminals to speak for him

    by desertbug on Wed Oct 25, 2006 at 04:27:30 PM PDT

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