Back on March 13, I contacted Senator Bill Nelson to urge him to support the Feingold censure proposal.
Looks like it took his office a while to decide its position, but today — more than three weeks later — I got an emailed reply (so he can’t blame the postal service for the delay). And here is Senator Nelson’s very considered reply:
Thank you for contacting me regarding Senator Russ Feingold’s proposal to censure President Bush. A number of members of Congress and other groups, including the American Bar Association, have raised serious concerns about the legality of the President’s domestic wiretapping program. I share these concerns, but I want to hear the outcome of congressional investigations into this program before judging the appropriateness of any action such as censuring the president.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future with your thoughts on this or any other topic.
Three weeks to get around to saying that? In an election year?
I got similar canned responses when I wrote him questioning his support of the Alberto Gonzalez and Condi Rice nominations. Very impressive.
My Senator fobbed me off with a long-winded recitation of the facts, followed by a call for investigation.
And then didn’t bother to show up to his own committee’s hearings on the matter.