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  • Charles P. Arnold
    I have posted this excerpt from a document by a Jewish PAC so that people here can read the objections to 18 incumbents because that information, in many ways,
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2006
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      I have posted this excerpt from a document by a Jewish PAC so that
      people here can read the objections to 18 incumbents because that
      information, in many ways, affects us. If you live in the states or
      districts which elected these people in the past, you might want to
      think about organizing a voting block against these people.

      http://www.njdc.org/newsdigest/detail.php?id=597
      The members of the Backwards 18 are:
      Senator George Allen (VA)
      Senator Conrad Burns (MT)
      Representative Steve Chabot (OH)
      Representative Barbara Cubin (WY)
      Senator Mike DeWine (OH)
      Representative Mike Ferguson (NJ)
      Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (PA)
      Representative Scott Garrett (NJ)
      Representative J.D. Hayworth (AZ)
      Representative John Hostettler (IN)
      Representative Randy Kuhl (NY)
      Representative Marilyn Musgrave (CO)
      Representative Ron Paul (TX)
      Senator Rick Santorum (PA)
      Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (FL)
      Representative Don Sherwood (PA)
      Senator Jim Talent (MO)
      Representative Curt Weldon (PA)

      The following are brief descriptions of the voting records and
      positions of the Backwards 18:

      Senator George Allen (VA): A former governor of Virginia now serving
      in his 1st term in the Senate, George Allen has been a constant and
      vocal supporter of the religious right. Allen is anti-choice and
      opposes stem cell research. He has voted with the right-wing
      National Right to Life Committee 100 percent of the time on key
      abortion legislation since 2002 and holds a near 100 percent voting
      record with the Christian Coalition during his first five years in
      office. Senator Allen has appeared with the confederate flag in
      previous campaign ads, mocked single mothers receiving social
      welfare, and recently used the racist term "macaca" to describe a
      staff member of his opponent's campaign. Clearly, tolerance is not
      Allen's forte.

      Senator Conrad Burns (MT): Senator Burns is completing his 3rd term
      in office by having to fend off his ties to Jack Abramoff. The
      convicted lobbyist raised over $135,000 in campaign contributions
      for Burns between 2001 and 2004. Senator Burns opposes stem-cell
      research and holds a 100 percent voting record with the National
      Right to Life Committee dating back to 1997. Since 1999, Senator
      Burns has voted with the Christian Coalition more than 90 percent of
      the time. He is also widely known as one of the most insensitive
      members of the Senate, calling a contractor doing work on his home
      as a "nice little Guatemalan man" and referring to Arab-Americans
      as "rag heads" and terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime
      and kill at night."

      U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (OH-1): Representative Chabot,
      currently in his 6th term in the House, is anti-choice and an
      outspoken supporter of the radical right. Chabot has a 97 percent
      voting record with the National Right to Life Committee since 1997.
      He has also earned a near 100 percent voting record with the
      Christian Coalition since 2000. In the 109th Congress,
      Representative Chabot opposed legislation which would have permitted
      the federal government to conduct stem-cell research and has voted
      for legislation permitting employers to discriminate in their hiring
      practices based on religion. In Ohio, Representative Chabot fought
      to expand state science curriculums to include "Intelligent Design."

      U.S. Representative Barbara Cubin (WY-AL): Completing her 6th term
      in office, Representative Cubin is one of the most conservative
      members in the House of Representatives. The radical Christian
      Coalition gave her a 100 percent voting record in 2004 and 2002, and
      a 93 percent in 2000. Representative Cubin is anti-choice, and since
      1999, has posted a 100 percent voting record with the National Right
      to Life Committee, a score which is clearly inconsistent with the
      views of the Jewish community. Representative Cubin has consistently
      voted against a strong separation of Church and State, including
      supporting prayer in public school. She is a loud and consistent
      voice for conservative causes in the House of Representatives.

      Senator Mike DeWine (OH): A senator who has carried the water of the
      radical right, Senator Mike DeWine boasted a 100 percent voting
      record with the Christian Coalition in 2004 and a 100 percent voting
      record with the National Right to Life Committee dating all the way
      back to 1997. As he proudly notes on his website, Senator DeWine
      opposes embryonic stem-cell research and suggests that such research
      is killing in the "name of science." Senator DeWine has also
      refused - on three separate occasions - to support legislation
      closing a terrorist loophole in U.S. law which has permitted the
      foreign subsidiaries of U.S.-owned companies to do business with the
      terrorist nation Iran. He has supported the nominations of
      conservative judges who have been accused of inserting their
      personal ideology into their interpretation of the law, including
      Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

      U.S. Representative Mike Ferguson (NJ-7): Representative Mike
      Ferguson, currently serving in his 3rd term, is a voice for the
      extreme right. Despite representing a moderate district, he has
      voted against every single issue involving the separation of Church
      and State on which NJDC has spoken out against and posted a 100
      percent voting record with the Christian Coalition on its most
      recent legislative scorecard. Representative Ferguson has a lifetime
      voting record of 94 percent with the National Right to Life
      Committee and supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe
      vs. Wade. He opposes stem-cell research and supports permitting
      religious organizations to employ discriminatory practices when
      making hiring decisions.

      U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8): Although only a
      freshman in the 109th Congress, Mike Fitzpatrick has left his mark
      as an unabashed right-wing conservative. In his first two years in
      office, Ferguson opposed an amendment which would have blocked
      religious organizations from discriminating in their hiring
      practices based on religion. He also refused to vote for a House
      amendment condemning the proselytizing of religion in the military
      academies. Fitzpatrick posted a 100 percent voting record with the
      National Right to Life Committee and voted to uphold President
      Bush's veto of federally-funded embryonic stem-cell research.
      Ferguson's commitment to conservative causes sets him apart from
      many in his class.

      U.S. Representative Scott Garrett (NJ-5): 2nd term Representative
      Scott Garrett is as conservative as they come - despite representing
      a very moderate Congressional district. A vocal opponent of
      emergency aid to Hurricane Katrina victims and the renewal of the
      reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, Representative Garrett
      holds views in direct contrast with the Jewish community.
      Representative Garrett has encouraged New Jersey schools to
      teach "Intelligent Design" and proudly boasts a 100 percent voting
      record with the anti-choice National Right to Life Committee.
      Representative Garrett has voted to allow religious groups receiving
      federal funds to employ discriminatory hiring practices based on
      religion. He also voted against a measure condemning coercive
      religious proselytizing at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

      U.S. Representative J.D. Hayworth (AZ-5): Reportedly a close friend
      of Jack Abramoff, Representative Hayworth is a self-proclaimed
      conservative leader in Congress and an outspoken opponent of
      immigration reform. He has garnered a great deal of attention as of
      late in Arizona's Jewish community because of his refusal to
      distance himself from his previous praises of Henry Ford and his
      explicitly anti-Semitic theory of "Americanization." Hayworth
      refused to back down even after the main Phoenix Jewish newspaper
      called on him to apologize. Representative Hayworth has a lifetime
      100 percent voting record with the National Right to Life Committee.
      Since 2000, he has voted with the Christian Coalition nearly 95
      percent, including a 100 percent scorecard in 2001-2002.

      U.S. Representative John Hostettler (IN-8): When it comes to being
      most out of line with the Jewish community, 6th term John Hostettler
      tops the chart. Since 1998, Representative Hostettler has regularly
      voted against foreign aid to Israel. Moreover, Hostettler is a
      leader of efforts to undermine the separation of Church and State.
      He sponsored a bill to prevent the Department of Justice from paying
      for the court-ordered removal of a Ten Commandments statue from an
      Alabama courthouse and has led the fight to keep the House from
      condemning coercive religious proselytizing at the U.S. Air Force
      Academy, using a House floor speech to accuse his opponents
      of "denigrating and demonizing Christians." Representative
      Hostettler has a 98% rating from the National Right to Life
      Committee, a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition, and a record
      of being more concerned about a perceived "long war on Christianity"
      than the very real dangers facing Israel.

      U.S. Representative Randy Kuhl (NY-29): Even though freshman
      Representative Randy Kuhl has only been in Congress a short time,
      he's already assembled quite a record of falling in line with the
      Republican Leadership and religious right. Throughout his first term
      in Congress, Representative Kuhl has continually voted to undermine
      the reproductive freedom of American women with a 100 percent voting
      record with the National Right to Life Committee. He has also voted
      against federal funding for stem-cell research and in favor of
      putting the government in charge of Terri Schiavo's medical
      condition. Representative Kuhl even voted against a resolution
      condemning reports of religious discrimination at the U.S. Air Force
      Academy. A true rubber stamp indeed.

      U.S. Representative Marilyn Musgrave (CO-4): Representative
      Musgrave's first two terms in office are embodied in a 2006 speech
      she gave before the Family Research Council declaring, "I don't
      think there's anything more important than the marriage issue." She
      has also claimed that there is a "cultural war" going on in the U.S.
      and same-sex marriage is the reason. Representative Musgrave has a
      zero (0) percent voting record with pro-choice groups and opposes
      federally-funded stem-cell research. She is a constant voice for
      President Bush in the House of Representatives, and has a 100
      percent voting record with the Christian Coalition. Representative
      Musgrave has refused to condemn religious proselytizing in U.S.
      military academies.

      U.S. Representative Ron Paul (TX-14): Even more shocking than his
      extreme views on domestic policy is Representative Paul's ardent and
      outspoken opposition to Israel. As perhaps Congress' most anti-
      Israel member, Representative Paul consistently opposes foreign aid
      to Israel, regularly votes against pro-Israel resolutions and
      legislation, and has repeatedly accused Israel of having a dangerous
      influence on U.S. foreign policy. On the House floor, Representative
      Paul has accused Israel of expansionism and the intent to intimidate
      neighbors and contended that the U.S. is "forced, by domestic
      politics here at home, to support Israel at all costs."
      Representative Paul has a 73 percent voting record with the National
      Right to Life Committee since 1999 and has voted to permit religious
      organizations receiving federal funds to discriminate in their
      hiring practices.

      Senator Rick Santorum (PA): Pennsylvania's junior Senator has a
      reputation as one of the Christian right's staunchest allies in
      Congress. From his assertion that states should be able to ban
      contraception to his outspoken support of teaching "Intelligent
      Design" in schools, Senator Santorum is certain to take the radical
      right's side on nearly every issue. Senator Santorum supports a
      constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade and opposes
      federally-funded stem cell research. His opposition to gay rights
      has showed in virulently insensitive comments. Senator Santorum has
      opposed legislation to close the terrorist loophole which permits
      foreign subsidiaries of U.S.-owned companies to do business with
      Iran. He is the extreme of the extreme in the U.S. Senate.

      U.S. Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (FL-22): As a 13-term
      Congressman representing portions of one of the largest Jewish
      communities in the United States, Representative Shaw's voting
      record should be that of a moderate. However, with a 94 percent
      Christian Coalition voting record in 2002 and an 84 percent voting
      record with the radical right organization in 2004, Representative
      Shaw is anything but moderate. Since 1999, he has come down on the
      anti-choice side of the National Right to Life Committee 70 percent
      of the time and has voted numerous times to permit religious
      organizations who receive federal funds to discriminate in their
      hiring practices. Representative Shaw also opposed a resolution in
      the House of Representatives which condemned the proselytizing of
      religion in the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2005. A moderate
      Representative Shaw is not.

      U.S. Representative Don Sherwood (PA-10): The proud owner of a
      higher than 92 percent voting record with the Christian Coalition
      since 2000, this 4th term Congressman is a reliable vote for right-
      wing causes. Representative Sherwood has consistently supported
      legislation that tears down the Constitutionally-established
      separation of Church and State in the U.S. He has stood with
      President Bush in opposition to stem-cell research and even voted to
      uphold Bush's veto of a bill which would have reduced federal
      limitations on stem cell research. Representative Sherwood holds
      strong anti-choice views, voting with the National Right to Life
      Committee 100 percent of the time since 1999.

      Senator Jim Talent (MO): A career politician, Senator Talent had a
      very conservative record even before his narrow victory in a 2002
      special election in which he accused his opponent of "undermining
      national security." Senator Talent won thanks in part to his close
      ties to President Bush, and during his time in the Senate, he's kept
      up that tradition. Senator Talent has voted against a critical stem-
      cell research bill which President Bush later vetoed. After flip-
      flopping on the issue, Senator Talent has taken a strong stance
      against a statewide ballot initiative set for this November that
      would allow Missouri to fund its own stem-cell research program.
      Senator Talent holds a lifetime 100 percent voting record with both
      the Christian Coalition and the National Right to Life Committee.

      U.S. Representative Curt Weldon (PA-7): A National Journal cover
      story called Representative Weldon "The Troublemaker" because of his
      erratic behavior and policy views. During his 10 terms in the House
      of Representatives, Representative Weldon has established an
      extremely conservative record on reproductive rights and Church-
      State issues and has flip-flopped on stem-cell research.
      Representative Weldon has voted with the National Right to Life
      Committee 94 percent of the time since 1999. In the 109th Congress,
      he voted in support of government intervention in the Terri Schiavo
      case and in support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex
      marriage. Representative Weldon's voting record is simply out of
      line with his moderate, suburban district.

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