We will no longer tolerate business as usual in Washington.
So, when I read this HuffPo article about Senator Shelby holding 70 important presidential nominations for ransom, because he wants sweetheart deals for a foreign airplane manufacturer that's given him more than $100,000 in political donations. I just couldn’t believe it.
Are you kidding me?!?!
Jed Lewison is right. This is blackmail!
Incumbent senators like Richard Shelby and Charles Grassley should look no further than their own actions if they are wondering why Americans are so angry. When they put holds on dozens of nominations just to get earmarks for their big campaign contributors, it leaves critical Department of Commerce, Treasury, and Homeland Security posts unfilled.
And that puts Americans' physical -- and financial -- security at risk.
And I have had it. I decided to run for the U.S. Senate against Chuck Grassley because he’s been in elected office for 50 years… and he is a big part of the problem. I’m in this fight to fix Washington.
Back to Shelby. We need to stop this roadblock -- fast.
I've created an easy tool at www.FightTheHold.com for you to join the fight because we must break this logjam. Sign up at www.FightTheHold.com and I'll send you an email with the contact info of a different Republican senator every single day until one of them has the courage to fight the hold and stop the gridlock. This way, we'll focus the attention of thousands of activists -- and the press -- completely on one senator instead of spreading ourselves too thin.
I'm running against Senator Grassley because he refuses to fix this mess. We can't repair our broken financial system because Assistant Secretaries of Commerce and the Treasury are on "hold" by Shelby. The Senate can't vote to confirm them -- and their critical work goes undone. We are fighting two wars and the threat of Al Qaeda while crucial positions at the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are being blocked.
I'm going to make our fight a national one. It will take just one Republican senator to step up and put people over party. And we're starting by sending messages to Chuck Grassley. Then we will choose another senator standing in the way and send him or her emails every day until we prevail.
Sign up at www.FightTheHold.com, because together we can get the politicians in Washington to start working for the American people again.
We’re having an office opening party here in Des Moines today, but I’ll be here for a bit to take questions!
Please visit my campaign website: RoxanneForIowa.com.