Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Censure Feinstein!

Does Dianne Feinstein work for us or does she work for the same people that most Republicans work for?

From the Courage Campaign (Please sign their petition!)
Dianne Feinstein has failed us. Now it's time to hold her accountable. Deadline: Friday at noon.

Please join the Courage Campaign and Democratic Clubs and grassroots organizations in calling for the California Democratic Party to officially censure Senator Feinstein for her shameful votes confirming Judge Michael Mukasey as U.S. Attorney General and Judge Leslie Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (A full list of endorsing organizations is below.)

Here is the text of the current censure resolution, authored by California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus co-chair Mal Burnstein, that will be submitted to the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party at its meeting November 16-18 in Anaheim.

Please sign your name below to encourage more clubs and organizations to endorse the censure of Senator Feinstein and send a clear message that the condoning of torture, racism and homophobia is unacceptable:

Whereas Senator Dianne Feinstein voted to support the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey as United States Attorney General, thereby elevating to the highest position in law enforcement a man who refused to renounce the right of the President to resort to torture and who refused to recognize waterboarding as a form of torture, and by this action Senator Feinstein failed to oppose President Bush and failed to stand for the ideals of the Democratic Party, which abhors torture and stands firmly against its use by the United States at all times and places; and

Whereas Senator Feinstein voted to confirm Judge Leslie Southwick for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit despite his clear record of racism and gender discrimination, thus failing to stand firmly with the Democratic Party, which supports gender equality and opposes racism in any of its manifestations; and

Whereas these examples are far from the only instances where Senator Feinstein, after seeking and securing the support and endorsement of the California Democratic Party, has failed to support the policies and principles of our party;

Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party expresses its disappointment at, and censure of, Senator Feinstein for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials.


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