For immediate release:
Spector MUST NOT become Chairman of the Judiciary Committee!
The euphoria we felt
Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was cut short by the outrageous remarks
made by newly reelected Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter at his press
conference on Wednesday. Specter warned President Bush "to be mindful
of the considerations which I am mentioning." The "considerations"
Specter mentioned were that "Bush's conservative judicial picks"
would not be confirmed.
Specter is in line
to become the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. As
Chairman he would largely control the confirmation process for the President's
judicial nominees. Specter voted against the confirmation of Judge Bork
and the impeachment of President Clinton. He is supported by NARAL. He
must not become the next Chairman.
Before January Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist will pick the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Specter has the seniority that would normally entitle him to be named
the Chairman. But, Senator Bill Frist has the power the waive the Senate
Rules and appoint someone else as Chairman. Arlen Specter MUST NOT become
the Chairman and be in a position to negate all that has been accomplished
in the election of President Bush.
Now is the time for
all good men and women to come to the aid of their Country.
The time to act
+Rene Henry Gracida,
DD Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi
- Send a message
to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist by telephone (202-22-3344),
mail (461 Dirksen Senate Office Building / Wahington, DC 20510) or FAX
(202-228-1264) along the following lines:
Specter must not be appointed Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
You have the power to waive the Senate seniority rule and to appoint
someone else. Do not let the election victory of President Bush be endangered
by the appointment of Senator Specter who has already warned the President
not to appoint conservative judges.
- If you have
a Republican senator call and write asking him to BLOCK Arlen Specter
fas Judiciary Committee chairman.
If you don't have contact information for your senator go to www.senate.gov.
Please don't delay. Send a message that the voters who put George Bush
in the White House for a second term want moral, constitutional judges
on the Supreme Court. That can't happen if Arlen Specter is Chairman.
- Senate Republicans
on whether Arlen Specter becomes Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
as early as next week so this is extremely time sensitive. Since the
members of the Judiciary Committee are the ones who will be voting on
this matter, they should be contacted ASAP.
Here are the numbers
for Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee:
Senator Orrin Hatch
Senator Charles Grassley (202)224.3744
Senator Kyl (202) 224-4521
Senator Mike DeWine (202) 224-2315
Senator Sessions (202) 224-4124
Senator Graham (202) 224-5972
Senator Craig 202/224-2752
Senator Chambliss (202) 224-3521
Senator Cornyn 202-224-2934
- Also, call the
Senate Switchboard at 202.224.3121 to leave a message for the newly
elected Republican senators.
All you have to say
is: "Senator Specter has disqualified himself from the chairmanship
of the Judiciary Committee. Please do all you can to make sure he is
not in that influential position."