Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ethics Investigation, Censure for Woolsey Urged

Due to the antics last night of her guest for the SOTU address, Cindy Sheehan, Marooned in Marin is calling for the House of Representatives to conduct an ethics investigation or hold a censure vote for Lynn Woolsey.

I plan on making calls to the appropriate House members today. Feel free to call your Congressperson where you live if you agree such action should be taken.

UPDATE - 8:30 p.m. Feb 1, 2006

According to The Washington Prowler on AmSpec Blog, Democratic House sources have said that Woolsey "was warned in advance that Sheehan intended to let loose a protest during the speech." Furthermore, the Prowler states that "She was encouraged to give the ticket to Sheehan by others inside her caucus." (For the record, Woolsey is a member of the Progressive Caucus. Click here for list of members)

I have no doubt that Woolsey knew and hoped to disrupt President Bush's State of the Union Address last night. This justifies an ethics hearing by the House, a vote of censure or both.

There are other reasons I am calling for the House to take action against Woolsey, one of which is how I believe she has violated her oath of office, which reads:

"I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

Woolsey has given aid and comfort to both foreign and domestic enemies. She has lent her support to the supposed anti-war group Code Pink. This group has given $600,000 in money and medical aid to the terrorist insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq. Additionally, Code Pink was one of several groups involved in a mock "war crimes" trial in Istanbul, Turkey on June 27, 2005. The "tribunal" produced a joint declaration that the terrorist insurgency in Iraq was "legitimate and justified. It deserves the support of people everywhere who care for justice and freedom."

Additionally, she was a featured speaker at a January 2003 rally against the Iraq war sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R. at San Francisco's City Hall. The group is a front group for the Stalinist Workers World Party and is led by Former U.S. Attorney General (and current Saddam Hussein defense attorney) Ramsey Clark. It is not uncommon at A.N.S.W.E.R. rallies to see banners and signs equating the United States and Israel to Nazi Germany.

Woolsey also deserves an ethics investigation for using her office and Congressional stationery to ask for leniency for the rapist of a 17 year-old Marin County girl. In December 2003, the Congresswoman stated to (Marin Superior Court) Judge Terrence Boren that "Stewart Pearson is a young man from a supportive family. I believe he has a promising life ahead of him, and I urge you to consider these factors when deciding upon a suitable sentence."

Pearson had volunteered for Woolsey and his mother worked in her office.

According to news reports, Pearson raped the 17 year-old after smothering her face with a rag soaked in household cleaning chemicals. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and other charges of sodomy and assault against him were dropped.

Her opponent for this year's primary, outgoing California Assemblyman Joe Nation, accused Woolsey in Monday's Marin IJ of taking 11 privately sponsored trips over the last five years, totaling $43,000. This prompts the question: Has Woolsey been using her office for personal gain?

I strongly urge a member of Congress to start an ethics investigation into Lynn Woolsey. Her actions show he is unworthy of the public trust as a Representative of the United States. On behalf of all patriotic Marin County residents, I publicly apologize to President Bush, to America and to the members of our military for the embarassment that is Lynn Woolsey.

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