I called Congresswoman Sue Kelly's Washington DC office on July 14, 2005, to get her position on Karl Rove leaking CIA Agent Valerie Plame's name to both Matt Cooper from Time Magazine and Judith Miller, currently serving hard time, from the New York Times, but the polite person who answered her telephone was not prepared with a response.
As a matter of fact, I called her office in June about her position on the Downing Street Memo. Same thing, no position or comment. Her office told me that they would send it to me in the mail. Guess what? It hasn't arrived yet...
Even funnier, (not like ha, ha), her website was just updated with recent news releases from July 13, 2005 about things like Terrorism Insurance... See, I think putting our national security on the line by exposing covert CIA operatives who specialize in WMD, that's weapons of mass destruction, as in the ones we never found in IRAQ, the "slam dunk" that makes it truly necessary to have terrorism insurance in the first place, is the real issue. But, her website had nothing on Rove.
So over on GOP.com, Republicans are standing up for Rove, including two of Congresswoman Sue Kelly's collegues from New York; Peter King and Tom Reynolds. They say the following, if you can believe your eyes:
Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY): “The Extreme Left Is Once Again Attempting To Define The Modern Democrat Party By Rabid Partisan Attacks, Character Assassination And Endless Negativity. And As Has Become Their Custom, The Rest Of The Democrat Party Is Standing By Silently.” (National Republican Congressional Committee, “NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds Statement On Karl Rove, Democrat Partisan Attacks,” Press Release, 7/13/05)
“Democrats Are Bitter About Losing In 2004. And They Will Stop At Nothing To Accomplish Through Character Assassination What They Could Not Accomplish At The Ballot Box.” (National Republican Congressional Committee, “NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds Statement On Karl Rove, Democrat Partisan Attacks,” Press Release, 7/13/05)
Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY): “Republicans Should Stop Holding Back And Go On The Offense: Fire Enough Bullets The Other Way Until The Supreme Court Overtakes.” (Jim VandeHei, “GOP On Offense In Defense Of Rove,” The Washington Post, 7/13/05)
Source of qoutes: GOP.com.
You too can call Congresswoman Sue Kelly at 202-225-5441 and ask her if she intends to either hold President Bush to his word when he said, and I am paraphrasing here, that "leakers would not work in his administration" or follow Whitehouse Press Secretary Scott McClellan's lead and avoid any comment at all. I'll even boil it down further... National Security or partisan politics?
-- Ross Weale