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On Rove: No Comment From Rep. Sue Kelly

July 14, 2005

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

On September 29, 2005 8:42 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

reading CNN this morning, I was struck by the following:

“WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Tom DeLay went on the attack after his indictment on a conspiracy charge, blasting a Texas prosecutor and rejecting the allegation that forced him to give up the House leadership as “blatant political partisanship.”

For how many years did the Republicans investigate President Clinton and how much money did they spend and what did they find? He was guilty of moral turpitude - a personal failing, but hardly a crime. Delay, who has been censured by his own colleagues several times is the most partisan politician on earth. Finally what goes around, comes around.

On September 28, 2005 12:56 PM, SSmith said:

FYI…i just saw on the news wires that “esteemed” republican Tom Delay was indicted along with two other colleagues on conspiracy charges in the campaign finance probe down in texas. THANK GOODNESS THERE IS STILL SOME JUSTICE AND SOME CONSCIENCE IN THIS COUNTRY.

Now let’s see if our own rep Sue “catch me if you can” Kelly will be tainted by this. as pointed out on this blog previously, she accepted a considerable amount of money from delay’s PAC. she should go down too, hopefully.

bushie’s world is starting to crumble big time. THANK GOD. now we need to get rummy, corpse cheney, and rove out of there next. and chertoff too, he is useless.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY AND RESTORE IT’S REAL FACE FOR ALL OF THE WORLD TO SEE. bush’s era of favortism, aloffness, and cronyism is rapidly coming to an end as his own mismanagement and incompetence is finally being realized by republican stalwarts. he couldn’t run a cookie sale at sunday school without some major foul ups….and the money would magically disappear too!!! (AGAIN)

keep the faith.

On September 16, 2005 2:27 PM, Take19 said:

A group of people who are tired of Sue Kelly’s lame responses to their letters and phone calls not to mention her curious ties to people like Tom DeLay, despite the fact that she fashions herself a moderate, have started a blog that takes a closer look at Kelly’s true positions.

Check it out: take19.blogspot.com.

On September 16, 2005 10:55 AM, TeaDrinker said:

I called Sue Kelly’s office on July 14, 2005, the day I published this editorial. It took eight (8) weeks to get the written position I requested from her office, it follows:

“Thank you for contacting me to share your opinion regarding White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.

As you know, many allegations have been made against Mr. Rove regarding the leak of CIA agents Valerie Plame’s name to media sources—among them Bob Novak—is ongoing. As of yet, Karl Rove has not been accused of any illegal activity by investigators, although he has been part of the investigation. President Bush recently stated that he feels it is premature to comment on the guilt or innocence of Mr. Rove or any other person associated with the investigation until it is finished.

I support the President’s statements and his patience, and look forward to hearing the outcome of these investigations before rushing to judgment on Mr. Rove. When this investigation does finish, I am confident that the President and his staff will make the appropriate decisions regarding the leak of this information and any necessary changes to his staff, if he feels such changes are needed.

Once again, let me assure you that the independent investigators overseeing the case are entirely nonpartisan and I believe they should be given the opportunity to do their work in arriving at a fair and judicious decision. I do intend, however, to follow this issue with interest and care over the coming months, and should action be required by Congress for any reason, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind.

Once again, thank you for contacting me.”

Sincerely,

Sue Kelly, Member of Congress

SWK:dc3

On July 14, 2005 6:33 PM, poppins said:

The above stated responses from Kelly’s office should be of no surprise to anyone. The only time we ever see or hear from her is a few weeks before elections. Then it’s all puff and smoke, posing with Pataki along the shores of the Hudson and to demonstratee they both are lovers of the area. Otherwise we never her about her. Does she really go to Washington? We never, ever read about any statement she makes or bills she introduces or supports. Too bad. We need representation in Washington to get rid of the likes of Karl Rove and to bring som honesty and integrity back into government.

On July 14, 2005 4:51 PM, weewill said:

I’d ask our representative, Sue Kelley, what she thinks of the following. If she REALLY wants to do something for us GET A BILL STARTED TO PLACE ALL POLITICIANS ON SOC. SEC.

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.

Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it.

You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many year’s ago they voted in their own benefit plan . In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan. For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die.

Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments..

This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that’s Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.

Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more during the rest of their lives. Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. NADA….ZILCH…

This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds;

“OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK”!

From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into,-every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer)-we can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement.

Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator! Bill Bradley’s benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. That change would be to Jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us .then sit back…..and watch how fast they would fix it.

If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.

And so, Sue Kelly —— What can you do for us?

On July 14, 2005 3:11 PM, SSmith said:

hey, i just called her office in D.C. too and was told by “the summer intern just answering the phones” that she did not know of the congresswoman’s official position on “the Karl Rove issue”. Interesting. the woman i spoke to allegedly took my name and address and said that Ms. Kelly “would respond to me in time”….but then suggested i write ms. kelly myself “and give her my real address”?????!!!! what? i was speechless. it seems republicans just assume that everyone lies like them!!

i won’t hold my breath waiting for my “letter”.

i then asked if ms. kelly supported tom delay and his PAC (from which she has accepted @ $20,000 in donations; the sources of which are now under investigation). again no real answer. i then asked if ms. kelly planned on giving back the tainted money….surprise no answer.

how smart of congresswoman kelly to put “just a summer intern answering the phones” on the front lines. brilliant in fact(tongue in cheek).

a better question of the bush administration and the CIA is why does a DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF in the white house have the level of security clearance that mr. rove enjoys. it is unprecedented (and quite scary for our country).

better yet, mr. rove could clear all of this up IN FIVE MINUTES with a simple press conference to set the record straight….AGAIN I WON’T HOLD MY BREATH!!

rove is “untouchable” and i predict he will not be fired as tough guy bush said, but now forgets, 18 months ago. if rove got fired who would be around to push bush’s radical right wing agenda? losing rove would be like losing his right arm for bush. it sadly won’t happen.

this entire administration is unfit to lead our nation. they should be impeached full stop. fortunately for them they control both houses of congress, for now, so that won’t happen.

unfortunately for us common folk this administration does not see that is THEIR radical right wing agenda that is fueling terrorism. consider buying the terrorism insurance!!

as far as sue kelly goes, i’m still scratching my head trying to figure out what she’s really done for us in D.C.



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