GR Press: Anti-war campaign in town to work on Ehlers

Here's The Grand Rapids Press with more:

They have been in town several weeks now, organizing meetings, attending demonstrations, handing out lawn signs, and writing letters, all aimed at changing one man's mind.

"The only person around here who can do anything about this is Vern Ehlers," said Bryan Finken, 46, a part-time philosophy professor from Denver, about the war in Iraq.


Their effort is part of a national campaign by a coalition of anti-war groups called Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. The effort is targeting 40 Republican members of Congress they believe may be wavering in their support for the war.

Those 40, if they change their minds, would give the war's opponents a veto-proof majority in Congress, organizers said. They call their campaign Iraq Summer, modeled after the 1964 Freedom Summer, which registered black voters in the South, and the summer of 1967 protests against the Vietnam War.
West Michigan - and America - is speaking; is Vern Ehlers listening?


Francis Pepper said...

I don't think this is a good move. Representative Ehlers is from a dying breed of moderate Republicans who Democrats could trust and work with.
I may not agree with him on the war, but I can respect all the good work he's done to help make science and engineering scholarships more affordable to our students.

He has also been a great environmentalist who has really been keeping an eye out for the health of the Great Lakes.

He is well respected on both sides of the aisle. In all likelihood, he will retire, probably in 2008 or 2010. He is no partisan bombthrower. He's never been accused of doing anything unethical. He does not deserve the dishonor of being "worked on."

There are far greater devils in the Republican Party, Tim Walberg probably being the worst, along with Mike Rogers and Joe Knollenberg. I say we focus our efforts on replacing them with more respectable Democrats who can be trusted with public office.

Francis Pepper

Francis Pepper said...

Here's a good reason why we should focus our efforts on Walberg:

"Walberg Votes Against Our Troops" at http://toplaytheking.blogspot.com/2007/08/walberg-votes-against-troops-in-combat.html

Francis Pepper