While the Presidential race dominates headlines, Tom DeLay's underhanded plans
for Texas are quietly moving forward. DeLay's goal has been clear from the
start -- to eliminate key progressives, and at the same time ensure that the
makeup of the U.S. Congress stays solidly Republican.
One of DeLay's prime targets is U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Lloyd has been one
of the most progressive leaders in the House. He was a leader against the
rush to war in Iraq and has consistently stood his ground against the
extremist policies of the Republican leadership. Here's what Republican
staffer Joby Fortson had to say in an internal memo, upon seeing what they
were able to do to Doggett's district: "ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha" .
Congressman Doggett is fighting to stay in office. He is running in the
newly-drawn 25th district and has asked for our help in his primary bid.
We encourage you to support his re-election campaign by making a donation,
Congressman Doggett helped lead the effort to oppose the invasion of Iraq and
aggressively lobbied his colleagues in an effort that resulted in a majority
of Democratic members of Congress voting "no" on the Iraq war resolution. At
a February 2003 anti-war rally in Austin, Doggett told a cheering crowd:
"Mr. President, the policies that you are pursuing in the name of our
security are wrongheaded. They will make our families less secure. You
jeopardize the security of our families when you insist on a land invasion
and umpteen years of occupation of Iraq..."
In addition to his efforts against the Iraq war, Doggett has compiled a
ifetime 94 percent voting score on important arms control issues and has been
a vocal opponent of Star Wars, nuclear weapons testing, landmines and
wasteful military spending. His votes consistently receive top ratings from
PIRG, League of Conservation Voters, American Public Health Association, and
the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
More on the map in Texas:
DeLay's re-districting map was approved in December by a court stacked with
Republican appointees. It's designed to knock off Democratic incumbents who
stand in the way of the far-right's agenda, giving Republicans an edge at the
expense of large numbers of Texas voters who will be disenfranchised. In the
words of Republican staffer Joby Fortson, "This [map] has a real national
impact that should assure that Republicans keep the House no matter the
national mood." This is not democracy. It's gerrymandering at it's worst,
and yet another attempt by the Republican national leadership to game the
You can help keep a strong, progressive leader in office and at the same time
send a clear message to DeLay and the Republican leadership by supporting
Doggett's primary bid. You can contribute online at the following web page:
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Thanks again for all you do.
--Eli Pariser & James Rucker
February 19th, 2004
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