Wednesday, April 06, 2005

National Call-In Day

The Washington Post and the New York Times unearth two new scandals this morning, one about a trip paid for by a mysterious, shady business in the Bahamas to Russia, and the other about $500,000 DeLay's campaign and political committees have forked over to his relatives. It's past time for him to resign. Republican Members of Congress should be embarrassed he's their Leader. Here's what we need to do:

1. Call your member of Congress to demand DeLay's resignation. You can find your representatives telephone number here. Or, call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be be transferred to your representatives office.

2. Be firm, respectful, and outraged. Let the staff person know you want to know where your representative stands on whether Tom DeLay should resign.

3. If you haven't already done so, sign our petition to demand that DeLay resign. You'll receive on-going updates about our Clean up Congress, Without DeLay campaign.

4. Report back here after you've called. Leave a comment. Let us know what you heard. Share ideas.

5. Urge others to call, too.


  • The following was my letter to the editor in my hometown newspaper published March 20th:

    Editor, Salisbury Post
    Letter to the Editor

    The House Republicans have their heads buried in the sand. To continue to allow Mr. Delay to lead them besmirches them all. Tom Delay is the subject of a number of scandals related to his questionable fundraising and expenditures, the latest involving online gambling and a trip to Europe which included luxurious accommodations. To chose a man of such apparent unethical character brings up questions about judgment and what else the Republicans are willing to tolerate.

    Is this simply a partisan attack? Consider this:

    Serious allegations about multi-billion dollar contracts between the Pentagon and Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root have been disclosed by brave government whistleblowers. If the Republicans are willing to eviscerate the rules governing the Ethics Committee to permit Mr. Delay to continue in a leadership role, then will they also overlook these serious allegations about the expenditures of public funds and allegedly illegal contractual relationships? Will they therefore fail in their duties as our representatives charged with the oversight of public trust? Has the failure of ethics in Congress become endemic?

    When I was an Air Force officer, I was told to avoid even the appearance of illicit behavior, because it would reflect badly on me and the entire Air Force. Therefore, I call upon our own representatives to search their souls and examine whether it is in the best interest of the nation and their party to allow Mr. Delay to continue in his leadership role.

    Robert Kennedy

    By Anonymous Robert Kennedy, at 6:12 AM  

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2005
    Tom Delay On Life Support
    Once Republicans have had their say,
    The Hammer will fall, not one more day.
    Then, Ah! Then! No further delay!
    Pull the plug on Tom Delay.

    Paul Kelly
    Pine Point, ME 045074

    By Blogger A Lapsed Agnostic, at 7:31 AM  

  • Had to call and leave a message on my Representatives recorder due to time differences between D.C. and Hawaii. Suggested it was not time to "exterminate the Hammer" without further ado. Outrage was expressed about continuing avoidance of censure toward DeLays "ethical lapses".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 AM  

  • Had to call and leave a message on my Representatives recorder due to time differences between D.C. and Hawaii. Suggested it was now time to "exterminate the Hammer" without further ado. Outrage was expressed about continuing avoidance of censure toward DeLays "ethical lapses".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:06 AM  

  • My frustration with calls like this is that the person answering the phone simply listens to whatever I have to say and then says that he or she will pass my comments on to the Senator or Representative. I called Henry Hyde's office (R-IL) but doubt that even a million calls could sway Hyde to join the effort to oust DeLay. Still, the pressure has to be kept on.

    By Blogger Mary, at 8:16 AM  

  • I live in Alabama and just called Mike Rogers - they said they would pass the message along - I however feel better for calling!!!!!! I said it was time to hear some strong voices standing up for honesty and integrity. I also stated that there is a lot of support among the people for action to be taken against Delay. Thanks to this site for getting information to the people!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:36 AM  

  • I am at work and can't make personal phone calls but I can email. I emailed my representative Kay Granger R-Tx District 12. I told her to use her conscience for once and urge Delay to resign. He is a walking scandal.

    By Anonymous George Calhoun, at 8:43 AM  

  • I called Congressman John Culberson's office this morning and spoke to his legislative aide. I told her that Culberson should demand that DeLay resign. I told her DeLay was a corrupt thug and was thumbing his nose at the American people. I asked her if she had received any other phone calls regarding DeLay's resignation. She said she had received a few phone calls and some e-mails. I asked her what Culberson intended to do regarding DeLay. She said you can't believe everything the media says about Tom DeLay and that she wasn't sure if Culberson would ask for DeLay's resignation. She did say Culberson would want a "full report" on DeLay's activities. What that tells me is that John Culberson doesn't intend to do anything about Tom DeLay. He is as corrupt as DeLay is. I didn't expect to get anywhere with Culberson's office. Culberson is a fascist just like the rest of the Republican members of Congress.

    By Anonymous Kris Graham, at 8:43 AM  

  • I called Rep Eddie Johnson's (D-Dallas) office and told the staff member that I wished her to support the call for Tom Delay's resignation. I was assured that Rep Johnson was very concerned about the growing scandall and following it closely. Her office is receiving many such calls and she will surely be supporting his ouster.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:44 AM  

  • I called my representative, Tom Tancredo, R Colo, and told his office that the time and energy that is being expended on dealing with the scandals of Delay could better be spent on solving the myriad of problems, ie deficit, education, health care, and that he should call for the resignation of Delay in order that our attention and time could be used for those things that need urgent attention.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 AM  

  • I find that on "call in days", the phone is usually so busy that I never get through. Therefore, I went to Rep. Dr. Phil Gingrey's website and sent him an e-mail saying what I would have said in a phone conversation.

    Beverly McMurray
    Marietta Georgia

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 AM  

  • If our representatives won't listen to us about DeLay (see kris graham's post about Culbertson), we should vote them out of office. The mid-term election is less than a year away. If we can't get DeLay to resign his leadership post - let's remove him from the leadership

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:55 AM  

  • I called my senators, although I doubt that they will pay much heed. Here in Texas the Republicans stand firm with Bush and DeLay, and I wonder how they can truly call this a democracy anymore. I feel like any dissenting opinion is squashed, but it won't keep me from calling! Silence is not an option in times like these.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 AM  

  • Just finished calling Rep. Tim Murphy of my district in PA. After being switched to his office from main number, I was graciously acknowleged by a staff member, who took my name, address etc. I indicated that DeLay is a disgrace, and should be removed for gross misconduct. Message was to be passed on the Rep. Murphy.

    By Blogger Frank X. Kleshinski, at 9:15 AM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:20 AM  

  • Spoke with Linda Sanchez asst. he will relay my message that Delay must resign now. He asked for my address and name, I do receive lots of mail from her. That THIEF needs to go to jail. I'm so angry that he has done his dirty deeds on our money, it is my mission that he serves the rest of his time,serving the AMERICAN PEOPLE BEHINE BARS. LARRY UZARSKI

    By Blogger larry, at 9:53 AM  

  • I called my congressman's, Michael Bilirakis, office and basically told him to call on Tom DeLay to resign. I gave a few bits of reasons before asking if other constituents have done the same. The aide said he has not heard much about DeLay, but he would forward my information to Mr. Bilirakis. Hope this helps although it may be better to keep this loose canon in front of the media to see what a shambles the Republican house is in.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 AM  

  • I called my Representative, Sam Johnson of Texas, this morning and talked with one of his aides. I told him it is time to clean up Congress... and let's start with Tom DeLay's resignation. I told the aide I wanted Sam Johnson to urge Tom DeLay to resign and push to get him before the House Ethics Committee. In addition, I sent an e-mail this morning to Mr. Johnson.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 AM  

  • I called my Representative (Olver, a Democrat from Massachusetts), and I know it doesn't do much good to have a Democrat call on Delay to step down, but I thought I might be able to at least give him a good reason he could bring up in discussions. I told the staffer that it was not too late to preserve the honor of Congress, but if the House waited for Delay to be indicted before demanding his resignation, it would be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:11 AM  

  • I called my Representative, Geoff Davis-R, this morning and left a message asking him to call for Tom Delay's resignation. I stated that Delay has long used and abused his power to circumvent the rules to promote his conservative agenda. It is only now that these abuses are coming to light. I asked for a response, although I expect a generic support for Delay letter, since Geoff Davis is an ultra conservative also. I do hope the call does add to the growing chorus of calls for Delay to step down or be forced out.

    By Anonymous Denny, at 10:15 AM  

  • Tom Delay tried to scam me about 4 years ago. In my case, his people called my office and told my secretary that I had been selected to receive the Tom Delay Republican Leadership Award. Although I was winning many awards at the time, I had a funny feeling about this one so I researched it online before I called back. I found information that let me know the award was a scam - it was a hustle to pressure people into contributing money for a political ad.

    This experience was an eye-opener for me.

    I have signed the petition, called Congressman Sherrod Brown's office and spoken with his aides both last week in Summit County and again today in DC, and I have emailed the NBC story (link below) to Rep. Brown. I urged him to please stand up and speak out against this criminal who is undeserving of the honored office he has been given.

    These two articles do a great job of explaining the hustle Tom Delay was trying to pull on owners of small businesses and others individuals.

    By Anonymous Karen Kilroy, at 10:16 AM  

  • I called my Senators to urge them to keep the pressure on Tom DeLay to resign.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:40 AM  

  • More details on the Tom DeLay National Leadership Award:

    By Anonymous Karen Kilroy, at 11:04 AM  

  • I called the office of Lincoln Davis, my Representative, and spoke with a Legislative aid. I was respectful but expressed my disgust with the continuing scandalous actions of Tom Delay and how the House Republicans continue to tolerate his unethical behaviour. I asked that she convey all of my opinions to the Congressman, one of which was that I demand that he vote to bring the hammer down on Delay - to get rid of this low-life human being who is without a doubt the biggest hypocritical scumbag to have ever lived.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 AM  

  • I called my representative Trent Franks - known to be conservative- and expressed my concern about the ethics of Tom Delay and his position of leadership. I asked that Mr. Franks request that Delay resign. I was surprised that Mr. Franks office was not only aware of the problems but is concerned as well. I was told that Mr. Franks would make a decision based on facts, and moral and ethical grounds.

    no name - Sun City, AZ

    By Anonymous Beth, at 11:24 AM  

  • Called the DC office of Congressional District 10's Michael McCaul (McCaul is the direct beneficiary of DeLay's redistricting horror here in Texas) and spoke with someone there named Charles, who, after listening to my statement that it was really/really/really time for DeLay to resign as Majority Leader, said "Have a nice day" before we rang off...

    By Anonymous Georgia, at 12:03 PM  

  • I called my Congresswoman, Grace Napolitano, D-CA, this morning and told the staffer who answered the phone that DeLay was a walking scandal and a disgrace to Congress and the American body politic (although, in a Congress that, by-and-large, is bought and paid for paid for by corporate interests, that's a very hard thing to do). I was told that the Democrats are now discussing DeLay's various scandals and trying to decide what to do about him. I said that wasn't enough...DeLay must go! I know that Congresswoman Napolitano is an honest, principled person, and will do the right thing, as will several Republicans who see DeLay's actions as a threat to their party. Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled Congress as a whole may decide to let DeLay off the hook with a small slap on the hand. As they say in politics, "the electorate has a short memory." Let's show them that we WON'T forget!

    By Anonymous herb Schulsinger, at 12:03 PM  

  • Reached Rep. Joel Hefley.

    I suggested that DeLay should resign because of glaring ethics violations.

    Staffer seemed moderately pitched against DeLay but still cautious. Hefley was removed as head if the House Ethics Committee recently because he supported an investigation of DeLay.

    He could become an ally on this issue.

    By Anonymous Richard Baker, at 12:44 PM  

  • I left a message for Rep. Lloyd Doggett who I am sure is as outraged about Delay as I am.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 PM  

  • I called the office of Chris Cox and asked the secretary to ask Mr. Cox to demand Delay's resignation. She said, "I doubt that he will do that, but I will certainly give him the message."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:25 PM  

  • I called and left word at Eric Cantor's office but I understand he is an a$$kisser and trying to work his way up. Probably not much good, but I am willing to try.

    By Blogger AnitaK, at 1:40 PM  

  • I called Republican Representative Tim Murphy from PA. I asked that he contact me with a statement about the extent of his support for DeLay. I also told him that I was outraged by his actions, that DeLay was an embarrassment, and that he should immediately resign his post.

    By Anonymous Dianna Richardson, at 1:43 PM  

  • I made it through to Congressman Hensarling's office and was very blunt in my speaking. I called on the Congressman to support the move to end Delay and all the mess he has brought about. I was received nicely and a young man said he would pass my message along to the congressman. I am delighted to see my home town paper (The Dallas Morning News) supporting this movement to get Delay out of govenment.

    Elizabeth from Dallas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:52 PM  

  • I called Rep. Todd Aiken's office ans spoke to a very nice young lady. I told her I was calling to suggest that Tom DeLay had to go, and she said she had received many such calls. She promised to pass my message on to Rep. Aiken.

    By Anonymous Howard Hoskins, at 3:01 PM  

  • I called my representative Thelma Drake from Virginia and told the staffer it is time for DeLay to go. That it is appaling that his colleagues lowered ethics standards to accomodate him and continue to support him in view of his reported ongoing unethical behavior. I told the staffer that the people of the USA deserve better from congressmen and I want to know what Congressman Drake plans to do about it.

    By Anonymous Dr. Carl O. Helvie, at 4:18 PM  

  • I called Ed Case from Hawaii and got the usual response of thank you for calling and I'll pass it along. I hope this makes a difference.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:24 PM  

  • I called Rep. John Carter, Republican from central Texas. I expressed outrage about Delay and my desire for Mr. Carter and other Republicans to ask Delay to resign. Of course, I talked only to a staffer. He said he would pass it on.

    Mark from Temple, Texas.

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