Change Lincoln Chafee's mind on John Bolton
In May, 71,205 Americans emailed Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, and thousands more called his Senate office, urging him to stand up to White House pressure and oppose John Bolton's nomination in the Foreign Relations Committee.
Following is the text from that online advocacy campaign:
Thursday morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be meeting to vote on John Bolton's nomination as UN Ambassador. As it stands, a 10-8 party line vote of the Republican-controlled committee would favorably send Bolton's nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote, where confirmation is likely.
My Democratic colleagues and I have been working overtime to try to convince at least one fellow Republican committee member to join with us. At this point, our best chance may well rest with Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee from Rhode Island. Unfortunately, Senator Chafee has decided to reluctantly support the Bolton nomination, despite the fact that a new Zogby poll shows that over 80% of Rhode Islanders oppose the nomination.
I need you to do 2 things right now to personally lobby Senator Chafee to change his mind:
- Sign my petition to Lincoln Chafee, urging him to change his mind on the Bolton nomination.
- Then, call Senator Chafee's office and log your opposition to John Bolton.
Senator Chafee, I urge you to reject John Bolton's nomination as UN Ambassador. Clearly, John Bolton is absolutely the wrong choice for this sensitive diplomatic post:
John Bolton has politicized the intelligence-gathering process.
John Bolton has shown disdain for the United Nations throughout his career.
John Bolton has shown a pattern of trying to fire subordinates for no good reason.
John Bolton has not been truthful with the Foreign Relations Committee.
Many leading opponents to the Bolton nomination come from within the Bush Administration -- including self-described conservative Carl Ford, who called Bolton a "serial abuser."
Senator Chafee, I urge you to join with millions of Americans -- as well as more than 80% of your own Rhode Island constituents -- and oppose John Bolton's nomination as UN Ambassador.