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Apparently the GOP is getting pretty desperate to stop HCR.  The ND Republican party is having its nominating convention this weekend.  In a speech calling for one last push against the bill, Gary Emineth, the chairman of the party told convention delegates and people watching from home to call Congressman Earl Pomeroy's personal cell phone number to tell him to vote against the healthcare package.

Apparently it isn't enough to just call a congressman's office to let him know how you feel.  You need to have people harass him personally.  

I've obtained a statement from Pomeroy's press guy in DC:

Congressman Pomeroy encourages North Dakotans to call him at his offices in North Dakota and on Capitol Hill. He uses his personal cell phone to stay in touch with his wife and children back home, plus a small group of friends and staff. So it made it difficult for him to stay in touch with his family when someone gave his private number to the Republican convention and encouraged people to call.

He also mentioned that Earl has had his phone number changed.

How irresponsible can you be? This is not a phone number to hand out to whoever you want.  

How desperate can you be also to advocate harassing a congressman to vote against a bill.  Irresponsible, desperate, idiotic, what else should we call this?

The NDGOP should be ashamed.  I have no knowledge of any apology on the part of the party.  This doesn't appear to be a mistake.  This is just desperation.  

Let the NDGOP know what you thinkhere:

The North Dakota Republican Party
1029 5th St. N.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: (701) 255-0030
Fax: (701) 255-7513

Also, Pomeroy is still undecided.  You can call or email his office and tell him to stand strong and vote for healthcare reform here:

1501 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
T (202) 225-2611 | F (202) 226-0893

Email contact form:

Originally posted to Adam Blomeke on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 04:15 PM PDT.

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