The Constitution. What’s it to you?

(9:30PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

You may have heard that NY CD-08 resident Adam Sullivan is challenging Rep. Jerry Nadler in the Democratic primary, but you may not know why.

Why would someone challenge such a well-established and well-liked progressive like Rep. Jerry Nadler?  What could possibly be gained in such an audacious move?

Until this spring, Adam Sullivan had nothing but respect for the liberal Congressman, believing he was well represented by Rep. Nadler in his progressive voting record and outspoken criticism of the Bush administration.  However, after lobbying and then meeting with Rep. Nadler on the central issue of impeachment, Sullivan concluded it was time for the Congressman to face a challenge.

Adam Sullivan is calling into question Rep. Nadler’s intransigent refusal to support Rep. Robert Wexler’s call for impeachment hearings and Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment on President Bush (H. Res. 1258) and Vice President Cheney (H. Res. 799/333).  Sullivan believes that Rep. Nadler, as the Chairman of the important Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, is in a position of influence and should be working with his Judiciary Committee colleagues Tammy Baldwin, Steve Cohen, Keith Ellison, Luis Guttierez, and Robert Wexler to move impeachment proceedings forward.

Sullivan points to the Congressional oath of office “to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic” that Rep. Nadler has sworn at the outset of each of his eight terms of office and is now breaking with his refusal to defend the Constitution by utilizing the remedy the Framer’s provided in impeachment. The question you might now ask is:  Why isn’t Rep. Nadler fulfilling his oath of office?



Please help Adam Sullivan ask Rep. Nadler this important question and support his challenge.  Sullivan For Congress is in its final week of collecting signatures to put Adam on the ballot.  We could use your help with a simple task – dedicate an evening this week to ask your family, friends, and neighbors to sign a ballot petition.  We will arrange to have petition pages delivered to you.  To get involved, email me or contact the campaign through Sullivan For Congress.  If you don’t live in New York but would like to support this impeachment initiative, please donate to the campaign through our Act Blue link at Sullivan For Congress

If you don’t fully understand why Adam Sullivan has taken on this difficult challenge, take a moment and watch this brief clip (six min.) of Rep. Nadler conducting last week’s hearing on torture.  It could not be clearer in this video where Rep. Nadler questions the President’s lawyers on child torture and burial alive that this powerful Subcommittee Chairman and his colleagues fully recognize that the Bush administration has no regard for the rule of law.  Torture is strictly forbidden in the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions.  Hearings are an important step in the process of accountability, but why isn’t Rep. Nadler doing more?  Why isn’t he holding this administration accountable for this and other violations of the Constitution?  Why isn’t he following through on his oath of office and supporting impeachment?

Please support Adam Sullivan’s campaign for Congress and ask Rep. Nadler this important question.  Only good can come of this primary election – a better and stronger Representative – either in Adam Sullivan as a principled freshman or in Jerry Nadler as an incumbent more accountable to those he represents.

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    • Alma on July 1, 2008 at 4:42 am

    any politicians in who will impeach and restore our Constitution.  We need more Adam Sullivans.

    • sharon on July 1, 2008 at 7:07 am
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    I am honored by the promotion.

    • RUKind on July 1, 2008 at 8:08 am

    This impeachment thing is like trying to push a wet string up a wall. There are outraged people all over the place but when it comes time to show up in public they just don’t show up.

    I’m fwding an e-mail I got today. Follow the links for the meet-ups and get a look at the numbers of people who actually attend events. Onesies and twosies just ain’t gonna cut it. Had the same experience myself. God bless those who do take the time to show up, though.

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