Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Call Hastings and Mollohan: Demand Outside Counsel

On Friday, we joined three other watchdog groups in faxing a letter to Ethics Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), the ranking Democratic member of the committee, demanding that they appoint an outside counsel to investigate House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).

We urged them to act within two weeks.

Please take a minute and make two telephone calls today to these members to respectfully request that they act without delay.

Recent news coverage and historical precedent call for an outside counsel to be appointed in a matter such as this.

Call Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings in his district office in Pasco, Washington at 509-543-9396, or his Washington, DC office at 202-225-5816.

Call Ranking Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan at his district office in Wheeling, WV at 304-232-5390, or his Washington, DC office at 202-225-4172.

When you call, be firm and respectful. Tell the person who answers the phone that you want the Ethics Committee to appoint a highly-qualified, independent-minded outside counsel to investigate Tom DeLay.

Let us know how the calls went!

124 Comments:

  • Called from Florida, left machine messages for both reps.

    By Anonymous Ann F., at 10:30 AM  

  • I called from Connecticut to the two DC numbers, asked the aide answering the phone to urge the Reps to appoint an independent counsel and got a nice thank you.
    Flo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • I called both washington numbers @ 10:29, texas time. I had to insist that the person who answered the phone the chairman's office write down my name and number. The second person took down my last name but did not want my number. I am not sure either call will make a difference. I don't expect much out of the Ethics Committee or Congress these days. Oh well, I have always been a champion of lost causes.

    By Anonymous Pamela J. Lakatos, at 10:33 AM  

  • Called from New York, left a message with Hastings' staff mejmber, and on Mollohan's machine.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • Called from Georgia. Asked them to appoint an independent counsel to investigate DeLay's crimes. Got a nice thank you.

    By Anonymous Jonathon, at 10:35 AM  

  • Called from North Carolina. The aide in the Hastings office just took my comment without asking who I was or where I was calling from. The aide in the Mollohan office asked both my name and the state I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Pete MacDowell, at 10:37 AM  

  • I called both offices at 10:25 a.m. June 1, 2005. Both receptionists were courteous, asked for my name, and assured me they would convey my request for outside counsel to their bosses.

    John Barnes, Fort Worth, Texas

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:37 AM  

  • I called (from HOUSTON) both DC numbers and both aides asked for the spelling of my last name, so I'm sure they at least wrote it down. Sounded like their phones were ringing off the hook in the background.
    -- pissed off in Texas --

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:37 AM  

  • I called both congressmen's offices this morning. I reminded them that when Newt Gingrich was attacking two Democratic Speakers that he said Speakers should be held to a higher standard and that I feel Leaders should be held to a higher standard as well. Both office people were polite and said they would relay my concerns. Mollohan's office asked if I would leave my name. Hastings did not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 AM  

  • Called from Fl. - I am republican and had to leave a nessage for Hasting to pursue the Delay matter to the fullest extent - ultimately removing him.

    Spoke to the Dem. Rep aid and indicated my desire to pursue the Delay matter as stated above.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 AM  

  • Called both Washington #'s @ 11;30 am est and ask that both congressmen appoint a independent counsel to investergate the ativities of Tom Delay. Both people asked me what state I was calling from and thanked me for calling..
    Jimbo

    By Anonymous Jim Walsh, at 10:40 AM  

  • I think that everyone should call these offices. There were no machines, people answered and spoke to me. They seemed surprised about the calls. I asked if they had callers and they said not too many. Now whether I believe that or not is debatable, but people need to make this effort. Pressure is going to make a difference.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10:43 AM  

  • I called both district office numbers, one was a machine, the other a woman answered the phone. She seemed nice, but i get the feeling she didnt' write down my message. :(. Still glad I did it!!

    By Anonymous Donovon, at 10:43 AM  

  • I called from Connecticut at 11:40am to the Washington offices of both Reps, left my name, and message.

    By Anonymous Miriam O., at 10:44 AM  

  • Called from Houston, Delay's backyard, Spoke to a live person (R) and a machine (D).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 AM  

  • Called both of them this am. Both receptionists were polite, one coldly, one warmly. Both in a hurry to get off the phone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:45 AM  

  • I called this morning to both both Hastings and Mollohan numbers, leaving my name and city. Both receptionists were very polite and thanked me for my message.

    By Anonymous kansas, at 10:49 AM  

  • I called from Dallas TX to Chariman hastings WA office gave them my name and message she asked where I was calling from and said that she would pass it on. I talked to Chairman Mollohan's Washington DC office gave the aide my name and where I was calling from she said that she would pass the message on.

    By Blogger eddie, at 10:50 AM  

  • I'm from Texas. I called Chairman Doc Hastings. The staff aid there just said "thanks" in a curt voice and wouldn't take any of my information. Representative Alan Mollohan's staff aid was sincere and nice when saying "thanks" and asked for my first and last name and state.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:51 AM  

  • I called Hastings and Mollohan to urge "the Ethics Committee to appoint a highly-qualified, independent-minded outside counsel to investigate Tom DeLay".

    Fear not! We'll git er done!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:53 AM  

  • I called this morning to both numbers ay about 10:50am. Both parties were very nice and said they would pass my message along. However, [B]We should all insist that they write down our information, Name, City, State, and telephone number[/B] otherwise they might not pass it along.

    Kenneth:
    Carrollton, TX

    By Blogger Just Another Pissed Voter, at 10:59 AM  

  • I called from Florida to the Washington offices. Both aides were very polite and said that they would pass along my request that an independent counsel be appointed to investigate Tom DeLay.
    Melissa

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:02 AM  

  • I called the chmns office. The woman was very polite and said she'd forward my request.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 AM  

  • I called from Hot Springs AR and got both offices. Said wiould pass message on to both parties.
    Judy

    By Anonymous jumperl, at 11:05 AM  

  • I called both of the Representatives on the "ethics committee", a told them, politely, but firmly, that I felt very deeply that the time has come for an independent councel to be appointed to investigate Rep.Tom Delay. I told them that I wanted someone that was highly qualified, independent, and completely impartial to either party. I also expressed my belief that anyone inside this Republican Congress would not be able to do the job, with out pressure from the "extreme right". The staff memeber,that I spoke to, in each office, was polite, and said that they would pass along my message.I gave my name,and the state that I was calling from.I also told them that I am a faithful voter!! I hope they will convey my messages, but who knows....I tried.
    Nancy F.
    Texas
    P.S.This was at 9:45am ..6/1/05

    By Anonymous Nancy Fenner, at 11:05 AM  

  • from FL i called both home office numbers, gave my name and location- hastings office answered, listened and very politely said she would pass my comments along to the congressman. got a recording in WVA and relayed similar comments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 AM  

  • Called both offices, and left the message.

    By Anonymous Dennis R Holloway, at 11:13 AM  

  • I called both, introducing myself as a DeLay constituent. It may be my imagination, but I think that got their attention. They said they would pass the message along.

    By Anonymous DeLay constituent in Richmond, TX, at 11:13 AM  

  • called from Fla to the two DC numbers. Asked the staffers to alert the congressman that its extemely urgent that they appoint an outside counselto investigate Delat, and that we won't give up until they do. Mollohan's staffer said, she beleived me, because they have been getting swamped with calls. Hastings staffer, sounded young and said he got a few calls here and their over the last week and would deliver the ,message, but had no idea where the Congressmen stood on this issue, even thought I did not ask him his position. 11:30 am

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 AM  

  • Called the DC office and told "their" people to get an investigation going. I am in Illinois

    By Blogger Candace, at 11:14 AM  

  • I called both at their DC offices and spoke to "their people". I am in Illinois

    By Blogger Candace, at 11:15 AM  

  • Called both Mollohan and Hastings; left message on Mollohan's voicemail, spoke with representative of Hastings' office. Told them firmly to appoint independent counsel now that Delay had been found guilty. Hastings' rep was very polite.

    S. Christensen from Portland, Oregon

    By Anonymous Sheila Christensen, at 11:15 AM  

  • I called from Florida and asked that my views be expressed to the Reps; That I wanted an independent counsel to investigate; I was thanked for my call.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:23 AM  

  • I called both Washington numbers and Hastings home office and received respectful replies. I will also send e-mails to all on the Ethics committee. I suggest you supply everyone on this mailing list with the names and links so that they can do so, too.
    G. Voinovich, R-OH, Chair; P.Roberts, R-KS; C.Thomas, R-WY; T.Johnson, D-SD, Vice-Chair; D.Akaka, D-HI; M.Pryor, D-AR.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:25 AM  

  • I telephoned from Florida and asked that my views be expressed to both Reps; They thanked me for calling.

    By Anonymous frank barry, at 11:27 AM  

  • I called both congressmen expressing my hope that an independent counsel would be appointed. The staff members were polite and indicated that they were getting calls from all over the country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:31 AM  

  • I called the state offices of Hastings first and Mollohan next. Neither phone answerer asked for info about me. I identified myself as a 69 year old SC resident--and as a concerned citizen who cares about the corruption in government. I requested that each of the Representatives promote the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the charges of unethical behaviors and abuses of power against Tom DeLay. The reason: it's the only way to resolve the questions with any credibility.

    Neither staff member gave me a firm promise that my message would be registered.

    By Anonymous Reta Richardson, at 11:37 AM  

  • I called both Washington D.C. offices and spoke to very friendly staffers. Each was receptive and respectful.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:38 AM  

  • I FAXED the following letter to Hastings & Mollohan (most of which I copied & pasted from your email message:

    June 1, 2005

    RE: TOM DeLAY

    Congressman Hastings & Congressman Mollohan:

    It is imperative that the Ethics committee appoints a highly qualified, independent-minded outside counsel to investigate Tom DeLay serious ethics lapses and possible crimes against our nation.

    The fact that DeLay's PAC has made donations to 226 or the 232 Republican members of the House all call for an outside counsel to be appointed in a matter such as this.

    There is no impartial jury pool of members of Congress from which to launch an investigation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

  • Called both state offices.They were polite and said they would give them the message.

    By Anonymous C.B, at 11:48 AM  

  • Made both calls this morning. Both were received by staffers politely, although one somewhat tried to put me off with a comment like "Oh, the Common Cause thing". She was right, I did have the CC website on the screen in front of me, but I had plenty more to say, and she got to listen to it. All of it.

    By Anonymous Dale Wagner, at 11:48 AM  

  • I called both Representatives. Both answered courteously and interested. Hastings Office asked where I had gotten my information. Additionally I mentioned I was a Texan NOT in LOVE with DeLay.

    By Anonymous Robert O'Donnell CWO USN(Ret), at 11:51 AM  

  • i called from california, got two aides on the phone and after i spoke my piece they both thanked me!

    By Anonymous donna noe-murdock, at 11:53 AM  

  • Polite response from staff persons who were in hurried states (I hope from other similar phone calls) I identified myself as a citizen fromTexas to both Rpresentatives.

    By Anonymous james smith, at 11:53 AM  

  • I have just called the 2 Washington numbers and was very pleasantly surprised by the courteous reception I received. Both answered the phone within two rings, only one asked what state I live in ( North Carolina ) I just wish that Mrs.Dole and Mr Burr, our state Senators, had a similar response whenever I call them. But then, look at their affiliation.

    By Anonymous Dr Robert Williams, at 11:59 AM  

  • Called both of Hastings' offices and Mollohan's in DC too. Told them both DeLay is not only an embarrassment to the Republican Party he's an embarrassment to the entire country.
    Told them all we need a totally independent counsel as 226 of the 232 Repub reps in the House are beholden to Delay's PAC. The nice woman from NJ in Mollohan's office was jealous of my trip to the shore yesterday. She also said they've been getting hundreds of phonecalls,
    which sounded fine with her. The other two sounded a bit more harried but said they'd put me "on the list". This isn't a lost cause at all. Hastings may block an appointment of an independent counsel but this will most certainly
    turn up the pressure on Delay. The more pressure there is the less influence he has on legislation. Do you think the stem cell bill would have passed with 50 Repub votes if he still could use the hammer? The less influence he has the less effective he is raising and distributing money. Eventually taking his PAC money becomes radioactive to these clowns and the closer they get to throwing him overboard. Keep calling folks.

    By Blogger markg8, at 11:59 AM  

  • Called both from Texas; recieved a polite "thank you" from both.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 PM  

  • Called both offices at 1 PM from Massachusetts. Spoke with and left name with aides answering phone. Took all of three minutes. Get to it everyone!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 PM  

  • I called the Republican chairman first. I was asked "where did you get the info to call?" I replied that I was calling independently for my husband and myself, and that we felt that an independent counsel was needed because congress could not investigate itself. Then I was told my call would be passed on.

    When I called Rep. Mollohan, I left the same message w/my name and phone number.
    Robert and Betty Striplin

    By Anonymous Betty Striplin, at 12:08 PM  

  • I called both offices. Only Mollohan's office asked for my name and state. Hastings just thanked me for calling, and both said they would deliver my message.I called from MO.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:10 PM  

  • I called from NC, and left 2 messages. The first one may have gotten my name and/or places of residence, but the second one did not. But both assured me they would pass the info on.

    By Anonymous Nancy Woods, at 12:15 PM  

  • Called both DC offices. Receptionists were polite and said they would pass on the message.

    By Anonymous Muriel Ladenburg, at 12:17 PM  

  • Called both DC offices; Hasting's office was curt and did not want a phone number or location but said they would note the request. Mollohan's office was cordial and asked what state I was calling from. Said they would add me to their list.Caled at 1:15 EST from Virginia

    By Anonymous Arina, at 12:18 PM  

  • Just how effective are all these phone calls? About ten days ago I wrote NFIB, the organization of my first cousin, the corporate lobbyist Dan Danner (who of course doesn't acknowledge powerless Ph.D.'s who vote independently). I asked why DeLay was invited to speak at the big Leadership Trust meeting later this month (June) and made a play on "trust" as both a $1,000 dollar a plate noun and a verb which certainly does not apply to DeLay. Of course I received no response from the NFIB, but I would like to know how your campaigns can succeed unless you get the attention of Danner and others in DeLay's "Kitchen Cabinet"?

    By Blogger ednanelson, at 12:18 PM  

  • Called from Sacramento secretary answered phone and said he'd pass the message along.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:21 PM  

  • Sorry, it is with great regret that I am unable to respond to requests to make long distance phone calls. I simply do not have the money to do that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 PM  

  • Called all four numbers. FIrst number response was : "Thank you."Second was answering machine, third was : "Thank you."The last call I made to Mollohan's Washington number asked my first name and the state I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:23 PM  

  • Called from Chicago. Left msg with Hastings' staffer, stating I feel it's completely unfair to the Republican representatives to ask them to pursue the investigation of DeLay without the help of an outside independent counsel, and that I don't trust them to do a proper job otherwise.

    By Anonymous chicagostonepro, at 12:28 PM  

  • Called both offices from Seattle WA. Staff members were courteous and assured me they were tracking each call as to a) the State from which the call was placed, and b) whether the caller favored an independent counsel, or not. My impression was, the only people calling are those in favor of independent counsel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:28 PM  

  • Called both Washington offices and spoke to human beings. Congressman Hastings' office noted my suggestion, Congress Mollohan's office took my name and state of residence. Both aides were polite and responsive.

    By Anonymous Mindy Clark, Portland, OR, at 12:31 PM  

  • I called from California and talked to Hastings Washington office, using the language on this website. The person to whom I talked politely said she would relay my message to the Congressman. Mollohan's DC mailbox was full and I left a message on his Wheeling voice mail using the same language.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:37 PM  

  • I called Hastings' D.C. # from So. Cal.
    Spoke with Kate @ 10:30 A.M. and ask she leave a message for Doc Hastings that he appoint a fair and independent outside counsel to investigate Mr. Delay.

    She was very polite.

    By Anonymous Benjamin Maestas, at 12:39 PM  

  • Called from Texas. Talked to office staff of Rep. Hastings in Washington state and left message. They were businesslike and said they had been getting calls on this. Got answering machine for Rep. Mollohan in W. VA so called the D.C. office and talked with one of the office staff and we had a nice conversation.......she said they were flooded with calls too. Encouraging to hear! She said that Rep. Mollohan has been there for 20 years and has never seen politics so polarized and terrible. Good to know there are still ethical folks there though they are being silenced and squeezed out by those seeking the raw power of single-voice government.

    By Anonymous Marianne Stanley, at 12:45 PM  

  • Called both Washington DC offices. Both were very cordial, asked for name and state and assured me they would pass on the info.

    By Anonymous Frank in Houston, at 12:48 PM  

  • Called both from Texas. Left my name and message w/ the individual answering the phone. Nothing more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:52 PM  

  • Called from Round Rock, TX and both courteously took my message. I asked if they needed my name and address but neither one said they need my address, just state I was calling from. Hammer the Hammer!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 PM  

  • Called from California. Both offices were very polite and nice. Jastings Office asked for city and state when prompted. Mollohan's office only needed my home state.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:05 PM  

  • Called both home offices from Grandville, Michigan and left messages.

    By Anonymous Yvonne, at 1:15 PM  

  • I called both numbers:

    Mollohan's office was most welcoming and took my name and state.

    Hastings took no info from me. Said they would pass along my comment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:18 PM  

  • Called both WDC offices; Hastings office thanked me while Mollohan's asked which state I was from, my name and then a thank you.

    By Anonymous SJN, at 1:22 PM  

  • I called both Representatives at 1:25 p.m. CDT and told the people on the phone that I am disturbed about the allegations against DeLay and that an independent counsel needs to be appointed to investigate and determine the truth. Both were cordial and said they would pass my comments along to the Reps.

    By Anonymous Jennifer Suits, at 1:26 PM  

  • Called from Texas. Left message with Hastings' WA office receptionist - very polite. Left vmail for Mollohan at WV office.

    By Anonymous Scott Gross, at 1:28 PM  

  • I called both gentlemen at their local offices Wednesday at 11:15 A.M. - Pacific Time. I left a message for one, and talked to his secretary on the other call. The comments were short and quick. I don't feel very confident because the Republicans keep everything a "mystery"!

    Bolton will get in.....
    The 3 Judicial nominees got in.....
    And DeLay will get off the hook.....

    By Anonymous RON, at 1:32 PM  

  • from WI: I called both DC offices at 1:39 p.m. CST--Hastings' aide was short and did NOT ask for name or state and Mollohan's was polite and DID ask for my name and state. We have to get our country back PEOPLE--make the calls, write the letters. (Support our troops--bring them home)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:44 PM  

  • I talked with staff at both offices. Both were polite, but only Mollohan's office was interested in knowing my name and where I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Roger Lake, at 1:52 PM  

  • Both calls were successful, and -- like the old lady's dance -- short and sweet.

    Recipients were bureaucratically polite. The messages will be passed on to the Congressmen.

    By Anonymous Robert Maxwell, at 1:53 PM  

  • i phoned in to hastings' washington, dc office at approximately 2:35 pm (eastern time) to urge that an independent counsel be appointed to investigate tom delay ... i then asked the woman staffer if they were keeping track of calls coming in and the callers' sentiments ... the woman staffer said no and that i was the first caller that has called about it ... sounds odd since there are already 74 posts on this blog regarding calls made to hastings' and/or mollohan's office urging the appointment of independent counsel ... perhaps someone should check on how the calls to hastings' office are being handled ? - phil r. from daytona beaach, fl

    By Blogger RestinoP, at 1:55 PM  

  • The contacts I made @ both offices were very polite & said they would pass on my comments to the Congressman. Rep Mollohan's staff asked for name & & state. I'm from TX. Republican & don't like what their doing @ our expences.

    By Anonymous Jerry Johnson, at 2:01 PM  

  • Left a message with Hastings' Washington number (a real person, very polite, answered, but didn't ask for a phone number or address, although I identified myself by name and as being from Houston, Texas). Neither the DC number and WV number for Mollohan answered, and both mailboxes were full, so I couldn't leave a message. I'll try again tomorrow. Let's dump this chump (DeLay, that is).

    By Blogger Donna H, at 2:09 PM  

  • Called from Colordao Springs, first to Hastings Washington office, and said I was calling for myself and my husband and gave the girl my message, she was polite and said she would pass the message on to the Congressman.
    Then I called Rep Mollohan's Washington office and told the girl the same thing but added that we are Democrats. She said that she would pass the message on and would add us to their list of such calls. She repeated, "You're calling for yourself and your husband and are from Colorado Springs, CO". I said yes and thanked her.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:09 PM  

  • Called both offices from Houston area and spoke with live people. Requested the independant investigations...both people very nice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:28 PM  

  • I'm also from Texas and I was able to speak to an aide at Hastings office who was very polite. I left a rather long and detailed message on Mollohan's answering machine.

    By Blogger Tara Downer, at 2:46 PM  

  • I called Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings office in DC and was able to get my point across - simply that Tom Delay is a disgrace to all Americans, Republican and Democrat, and that Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings has a chance to prove that he is for the people, not a Partisan pawn. I suggested that congress be couragous - and stand up for the people - not the corporate raiders

    By Blogger tyler d, at 2:47 PM  

  • called both Washington offices from Pennsylvania; spoke to live people in both cases, who wer very nice and repeated my name and stat and assurd me they would add my comments to their list

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:48 PM  

  • I called from Maryland. The person who answered in Hastings' office simply said I'll pass your comment along. I asked her if she wanted my name and she said no and hung up. I wonder how far she'll pass the comment! The person in Mollohan's office asked for my name and state (I was pleased that she said "good!" when I told her.)My guess is that she is keeping better records.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:49 PM  

  • Spoke to a staffer in Hastings' Pasco office and to a staffer in Mollohan's Washington office. Mollohan's West va. office had a full voice mail. Both calls were courteously received.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:50 PM  

  • I placed both calls today and personally spoke to the representatives' DC aides. I was brief and only asked that an independent council be appointed to investigate DeLay.

    By Anonymous mha6445010@aol.com, at 3:01 PM  

  • Called both offices and respectfully requested an IC be appointed. Received curt, but polite reply from the R and a smiling reply from the D. Also told Dem office locals in NJ were perssuring Rep. Chris Smith (R), too.

    By Blogger Kevin, at 3:05 PM  

  • I called both DC offices and asked that independent counsel be appointed. The chairman's office assistant cut me off with a thank you, the other did write down my name and state. AM Foster, Old Mystic, CT

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 PM  

  • Earlier I mentioned that the person who answered the phone in Hastings' office said she did not want my name and hung up. When I saw how many others had gotten the same response I decided to call Hastings' office again and insist they take my name. The woman that answered was very friendly and polite. She apologized for the reaction of the first staffer(apparently 6 people are now answering the phones!) and took my name and state. I told her that the comments on this blog did not make her boss's staff look good and she thanked me for telling her that.Maybe they will pay closer attention from now on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:12 PM  

  • I called both DC offices and got a polite response from both. Both asked for my name and state and both said they would add my name to their lists.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:13 PM  

  • I called from Virginia, spoke with aides from both offices, they were pleasant and both asked for my name and the state I live in. Told me they would pass along my request for independent counsel.

    By Anonymous Dawn A., at 3:16 PM  

  • Called D.C. numbers and females answering phones were pleasant. Rep. Mollohan's office is keeping a list. Lady said she'd add my name to the list. The lady from Mr. Hastings' office said she'd pass my request on him. It's time Tom Delay meets Lady Justice!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:23 PM  

  • Called both DC offices from Atlanta. Asked the staff members (both pleasant) to pass along my request for the Reps to appoint an indepent counsel to investigate. Only Mollohan's staffer took my name and state.

    By Anonymous David L., at 3:37 PM  

  • I called both reps late in the afternoon: Hastings receptionist sounded as if had never heard my comment before and took no info! Mollohan's was pleasant and noted my name and state. I really think the staff of our reps should be required, at least, to take this minimal info!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:46 PM  

  • I phoned both DC offices; both were civil and said they would notify their representative. The Democrat was more welcoming, not surprisingly! I don't know whether they took down my name and state, which I gave when the phone was first answered.

    By Anonymous Dorsey Fiske, at 3:56 PM  

  • I called Hastings this morning and expected that they had been inundated with calls. They hadn't been, but reading this blog today has made me feel much better.

    The person on the other end was very polite. I encourage anyone who has any interest in justice to make these phone calls. Otherwise, democracy fails.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 PM  

  • I called both numbers, and got a thank you for each, plus request of my name and home city.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM  

  • This afternoon I called Cong. Hastings' office in DC and left a message, urging him to appoint a special counsel. Then, I spoke with someone in the Hollohan office and urged same.

    By Anonymous superdc@sbcglobal.net, at 4:14 PM  

  • I'm from Georgia. I called Rep. Hastings Pasco, WA office and I also called his Washington DC office and I asked his aides at both offices to please urge Mr. Hastings to appoint a highly-qualified independent-minded outside counsel to investigate Tom Delay who has disobeyed the laws of our country. I also added he is ethically unfit to serve as the leader of the people's house. The aide was very courteous, but did not ask my name or what state I was from and I don't feel that she took the message down. I called Rep. Allan Mollohan's WVA office and left my name and phone # for them to call me on the message machine. Then, I called his Washington Office and told the aide the same thing I said to Rep. Hastings aide and she very courteously took my name and what state I was calling from.

    By Anonymous Sherry, at 4:32 PM  

  • I called from Sammamish, Washington to Doc Hastings office in our state. I gave my name and city and asked that as Ethics Chairman he help move the Tom DeLay investigation forward - that it looked very bad for the party.
    She did get my name and said the message would be given.
    Lynne

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:00 PM  

  • I called on 6-1 about 6:00 PM, mail box too full in DC had to call WA State, got through to the other DC number. Asked for a independent counsel on this important matter....Larry, Union,KY

    By Anonymous Larry Perkins, at 5:27 PM  

  • I called the Washington office, and asked them to add my name to the list of people asking for special counsel to investigate Congressman Tom Delay.

    The lady I spoke to took my name and agreed to put it on the list.

    By Anonymous J Ellingston, at 5:30 PM  

  • I called from Santa Monica, CA and spoke to a person at Hastings office who said she would see he got the message to appoint an independent counsel to investigate DeLay. I left the message on Mollohan's answering machine to appoint an independent counsel to investigate DeLay. Harry 3:30 PM

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:36 PM  

  • I called from New Jersey the Washington D.C numbers Rep. Hasting office didn't ask my name or State, Rep. Alan Mollohan office did ask my name and State and the aide was very polite.I don't know if my phone call will make a different maybe heavy press coverage is needed.

    By Anonymous Tony Ron, at 6:40 PM  

  • I spoke with Karen at Hastings office and told her that an outside councel needed to be appointed and why. She asked where I was calling from and I told her California. She said she would tell the Congressman.

    By Anonymous Bill, at 6:45 PM  

  • I called from Michigan and spoke to the staffer in Rep. Hastings' office. She was pleasant, asked my name and where I was from. I told her and stressed that even though I am not a constituent, it is MY Congress too and I care about corruption there. She thanked me for my call. I will call the Dem. tommorrow when I know the office is open and can talk with a live person.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:54 PM  

  • Called both D.C. numbers from Honolulu, Hawaii this morning. Rcvd. cordial response @ Mollohans ofc. ("You're certainly up early this morning!") and they solicited my name. Had to leave msg. on recorder @ Rep. Hastings office.

    Hope they're getting the message that voters want real answers in this matter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:09 AM  

  • Called both numbers and if I could gauge their response they were "very" familiar with the issue.

    Each staffer was courteous and asked for the spelling my name and location I was calling from.

    Rodger/Georgia

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:52 AM  

  • Called both Congressmen this morning. Was received politely. Aides noted my name and home state. We'll see what happens.

    By Anonymous Mark in VA, at 8:53 AM  

  • Called both offices 10:45 on 6/2/05. Got real people who answered. It was polite and they took the message.

    By Anonymous jstiles5, at 10:11 AM  

  • called both offices and left the message. Hastings' office didn't ask who I was (probably didn't care either) Mollohan's office said they had been getting many messages and he'd pass it along.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 AM  

  • June 2. Called Cong. Hastings' office to request independent council. The receptionist asked where I was calling from. I told her Santa Fe, NM but that I was from Texas. She said she'd be sure he got the message. Clare Ratliff

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 PM  

  • Called all four numbers given, spoke to aids 3 times and a machine once, let them know I live in Iowa and Illinois, all were friendly and and courteous and simply took down my message.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Sampon, at 1:52 PM  

  • As per other comments here, Rep. Hastings office staff person did not ask for my name, etc., while Rep. Mollohan's staffer asked for name and state (PA). I had to stop both from ending the call so as to briefly elaborate on my message. Perhaps they didn't have a lot of time because they're being inundated with similar calls!? I hope so.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:51 PM  

  • I called from Oregon and got live people in both offices (Hastings in Pasco, WA and Mollohan in DC), despite that nearly 6 PM time in DC. Both people took the spelling of my name and thanked me for calling. I hope this has some impact. I can't believe the arrogance of DeLay and the Repblicans. They need to be taken down. Didn't they take high school civics?

    By Anonymous Carl Henriksen, at 4:55 PM  

  • I called the Washington state number for the Chairman and requested independent counsel into the Delay matter and was treated very respectfully.

    By Anonymous Bobby Flowers, at 5:32 PM  

  • Have you seen the latest article in the Texas Observer, entitled "Pimping of the President," which draws more connections between the Abramoff, Norquist and DeLay scandal to the White House?

    By Blogger Leslie, at 6:42 PM  

  • I called both D.C. offices. The R was cool and thanked me. The D was very nice and double checked my name and city and state.
    Jose

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:56 PM  

  • Called from Northern Virginia. Ethics office had a recorded message to leave a message. The dear Democratic Congressman's office was quite friendly and took all the pertinent information. Thanks for making it easier for me to do the right thing!

    By Anonymous lasinva, at 5:24 PM  

  • Called from Texas. Hasting's office took message and asked where I was calling from.Mollohan's office message and asked for my name and where I was calling from.

    Both were polite.

    Next. Let's demand our 80 billion back from Iraq

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:02 PM  

  • Called Hastings at his Eastern Wa. office and was rcvd politely. (I am his constituent) Called Mollohan's 202 number and was told that the number I was calling from was disconnected!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 PM  

  • Hello all

    I called from Massachusetts and got through both time, once to Mollohan's answering machine where I left a brief message urging an impartial investigation and the other time to a secretary at Hasting's office where I said the same and bless him too. Thank you for giving us a way to express ourselves. Peace, love, and power
    andy pratt andy-pratt.com

    By Anonymous andy pratt, at 4:14 PM  

  • I called both representatives WA, DC offices and left messages with the receptionists. They took my name and told me that they would add it to the list they have been compiling. They were very pleasant. I am in NY.

    Ellen O'Leary

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:41 AM  

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