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Eagle Forum Capitol Alert
Jan. 9, 2001

Ashcroft for Attorney General 
Urge Your Senators to Support a Man of Experience and Integrity

ALERT When President-elect Bush named Senator John Ashcroft as his nominee for Attorney General, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Patricia Ireland started a radical smear campaign attacking Ashcroft. Setting the stage for conservative nominees, the left is trying to defeat Ashcroft and scare Bush into only appointing liberals to the Cabinet or the courts.


RADICAL ATTACKS ON INTEGRITY  
Because Ashcroft is pro-life, NARAL is mischief-making with pro-abortion ads telling women that their right to "choose" is under attack. Planned Parenthood has launched a media and website campaign questioning his integrity. They have no example to cite to demonstrate his failure to enforce the law. The feminists are attacking Ashcroft solely because he is pro-life.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson's claims regarding Ashcroft's opposition to black judicial nominee Ronnie White are unsubstantiated. Ashcroft, a majority of the Senate, every Republican Senator, the National Sheriffs Association, and the Missouri Federation of Chiefs of Police opposed White's nomination to the federal bench. White was defeated based on his record of judicial activism and lone dissent to overturn the death-penalty conviction of a four-time murderer who killed three law-enforcement officers and the wife of a sheriff. Ashcroft is tough on criminals, unlike Judge White.


READY TO LEAD THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 
Even though Ashcroft is the first Attorney General-designee in U.S. history who has served as a state Attorney General, Governor, and U.S. Senator, the left continues to make baseless attacks and question whether he will uphold the law. He is known as a man of impeccable character and has a strong record on crime. The left is attacking Ashcroft just because he is conservative.

Ashcroft has demonstrated leadership through chairing the National Association of Attornerys General, the National Governors Association, and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. His experience as a lawyer and public servant has prepared him for cleaning up the Justice Department and restoring America's confidence in the rule of law.


ACTION ITEMS 
Confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 16 at 1:30 pm, which means that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will oversee the hearings as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Send letters-to-the-editor in support of Ashcroft to every local, state, and national newspaper or magazine. (sample letter-to-the-editor - Suggested Publications)
Urge your Senators to publicly support Ashcroft for Attorney General and condemn the radical attacks on his character.


Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121


Further reading: Assault On Ashcroft Spikes Bipartisanship -- Phyllis Schlafly column 1-17-01

Confirm Ashcroft.com


TARGET LIST:Area Code (202)
Max Baucus (D-MT)max@baucus.senate.gov 224-2651fax 228-3687
Evan Bayh (D-IN)senator@bayh.senate.gov 224-5623 fax 228-1377
Joe Biden (D-DE)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator@biden.senate.gov224-5042fax 224-0139
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov 224-5521fax 224-2852
John Breaux (D-LA) senator@breaux.senate.gov224-4623fax 228-2577
Jean Carnahan (D-MO)senator_carnahan@carnahan.senate.gov 224-6124fax 228-0043
Max Cleland (D-GA)senator_max_cleland@cleland.senate.gov 224-3521fax 224-0072
Hillary Clinton (D-NY) 224-4451 
Kent Conrad (D-ND)senator@conrad.senate.gov 224-2043 fax 224-7776
Byron Dorgan (D-ND)senator@dorgan.senate.gov 224-2551 fax 224-1193
Dick Durbin (D-IL)dick@durbin.senate.gov 224-2152 fax 228-0400
Russ Feingold (D-WI)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
russell_feingold@senate.gov 224-5323fax 224-2725
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator@feinstein.senate.gov 224-3841 fax 228-3954
Fritz Hollings (D-SC) 224-6121 fax 224-4293
Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator@kennedy.senate.gov 224-4543fax 224-2417
Herb Kohl (D-WI)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator_kohl@kohl.senate.gov224-5653fax 224-9787
Mary Landrieu (D-LA)senator@landrieu.senate.gov 224-5824fax 224-9735
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov 224-4242 
Joe Lieberman (D-CT)senator_lierberman@lieberman.senate.gov 224-4041 fax 224-9750
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)Blanche_lincoln@lincoln.senate.gov 224-4843fax 228-1371
Zell Miller (D-GA)webmail only224-7272 fax 228-2090
Ben Nelson (D-NE) 224-6551 fax 228-0012
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator@schumer.senate.gov 224-3224 fax 228-3027
Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)
(Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee)
senator_torricelli@torricelli.senate.gov224-3224fax 224-8567
Ron Wyden (D-OR)senator@wyden.senate.gov 224-5244fax 228-2717

 
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