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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Congress' time to hear our wrath

In addition to the Congressmen below, please also contact Representative Tom Cole , Chariman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and emphasize to him that if the NRCC supports wobbly Republicans, they will not get your support.

NRCC Main Number - (202) 479-7000

Congressman Cole's Office:
Phone: 202-225-6165
Fax: 202-225-3512
Web Email.

Note: Rep. Cole's email form will not accept your email unless you enter a zip code that is within his Congressional district. That is not fair, particularly when someone has been given the responsibility as a leader with national implications such as his. So use one of the following zip codes to make sure your message goes through: 73069, 73501 and 74820.

The most depressing --- and disturbing -- spectacle of this morning's House debates on the Democrats proposed resolution opposing the surge was the sight of a handful of Republican Representatives rising to speak in favor of the resolution.

We've made a point here at The Victory Caucus to highlight those leaders who are standing firm on the war and who are committed victory: men like Senator Jim DeMint and Representative John Carter.

Now, however, is time to focus on those of our leaders who are chosing what they perceive (wrongly) to be the politically expedient course instead of what they must know is the right course. The reality of the mathematics in the House is grim: it is highly likely, if not certain, that the Democrats have sufficient votes to ensure that their resolution passes.

Our goal, then, is to minimze its margin of passage: and in particular, to convince those who should know better --- our Republican members of Congress -- to do the right thing.

I would therefore ask each of you to contact your own Representative, and ask their staff to go on-the-record stating that they will oppose the Democrats' resolution. If they refuse, ask why, and express your disappointment in their decision. (You can find your Representative's web page and contact information here .)

Once you have an answer --- and only a definitive, on-the-record "yes we will vote against the resolution" will do -- post the results of your conversation on this forum thread (you must be signed up to do so, so sign-up!). We'll be collecting all the answers, and building up an organized list of those Republicans who are standing firm --- and those who need further encouragment to do what is right.

Beyond your own Representative, I would also encourage you to contact all of the Representatives below. These are some of the Republican Representatives who rose today to speak against the troop surge and in favor of the Democrats' resolution. Call them; fax them; email them, and make clear that to oppose the President's plan to win this war before it has even been given an opportunity to succeed is simply unacceptable.

Rep. Walter Jones:
Phone: 202-225-3415
Fax: 202-225-3286
Web Email.

Rep. Wayne Gilchrest:
Phone: 202-225-5311
Fax: 202-225-0254
Web Email.

Rep. Michael Castle:
Phone: 202-225-4165
Fax: 202-225-2291
Web Email.

Rep. Richard (Ric) Keller:
Phone: 202-225-2176
Fax: 202-225-0999
Web Email.

Rep. Philip Sheridan English.
Phone: 202-225-5406
Fax: 202-225-3103
Web Email.

Rep. Ronald Ernest Paul:
Phone: 202-225-2831
Web Email.

Rep. Frederick Stephen Upton:
Phone: 202-225-3761
Fax: 202-225-4986
Web Email.

Update: More info is coming in on additional Representatives who may be going wobbly. Please also contact those below:

Rep. Thomas M. Davis:
Phone: 202-225-1492
Fax: 202-225-3071
Web Email.

Rep. Mark Kirk:
Phone: 202-225-4835
Fax: 202-225-0837
Web Email.

Rep. Howard Coble:
Phone: 202-225-3065
Fax: 202-225-8611
Email: Howard Coble.
Web Email.

Rep. John J. Duncan Jr.
Phone: 202-225-5435
Fax: 202-225-6440
Web Email.

Rep. James Ramstad.
Phone: 202-225-2871
Fax: 202-225-6351
Email: James Ramstad.
Web Email.

Rep. Steven C. LaTOURETTE:
Phone: 202-225-5731
Fax: 202-325-3307
Web Email.

Written by NZ Bear.

In addition, I would urge you to be polite, hold your temper-yelling does not work, and be concise. Many people only have 30 seconds to say what they called for so make sure you say the most important statement first. Time is valuable to all of us, so maybe you could write down and rehearse exactly what it is you really want to say before actually calling. That is for those of you who are calling for the first time or others who get carried away. Remember, you are representing us, the Americans. Make us proud. :)

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