Balloon Juice posted the Final Vote Count in the House of Representatives for House Congressional Resolution No. 104, Expressing the Support and Appreciation of the Nation for the President and the Members of the Armed Forces Who are Participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. 392 representatives voted “yes,” Eleven voted “no” (none of those names would surprise you). MY Congressman (10th District, NJ) was one of the twenty-two creeps who voted “Present.” The following letter will be placed in the mail tomorrow. (Pardon the poor formatting here. It is correct in the letter.)
March 21, 2003
Congressman Donald M. Payne
House of Representatives
2209 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Re:House Congressional Resolution No. 104, Expressing the Support and Appreciation of the Nation for the President and the Members of the Armed Forces Who are Participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Dear Mr. Payne:
I just learned that you are among the 22 Members of the House who chose to vote â€œPresentâ€ on the above-referenced Resolution.
Quite simply, you are a disgrace. You have effectively spit in the eyes of those in your district with friends or loved ones serving in the military. Do you think so little of your constituents to assume that we would not notice? Maybe, at the moment, many of people in your district are too worried about their loved ones to pay attention to your utter disrespect. However, I assure you that, starting today and through the day you run for re-election, I intend to remind them and others, including the veterans in your district, of your shameful vote today.
Very truly yours,