The race for Kentucky's First Congressional District's House seat is definately heating up with the weather. As we approach the dog days of summer, the Ryan for Kentucky campaign is definately gaining steam. Today, we have several pieces of new news to pass on to our fellow Democrats. Heather Ryan is hitting her stride, and is ready to fight to expand our Congressional majorities!!
The first piece of news we have is this letter to the editor sent by Heather to Louisville's Courier Journal in response to their article about "Exxon Eddie's" horse initiative:
To the Editor:
As the Democratic candidate for Kentucky 's First Congressional District, I have followed with interest Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield's (KY-01) performance presiding over a dog-and-pony show before a House Energy Subcommittee. Mr. Whitfield's plan to add a layer of federal bureaucracy to regulate the horse racing industry is unnecessary in light of the industry's ability and willingness to self-regulate their business practices. Congressman Whitfield is obviously exploiting the recent death of Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles to make political points during an election season. At a time of skyrocketing energy prices, when oil companies like Exxon-Mobil boast record profits, doesn't seven-term Congressman Whitfield realize that the House Energy and Commerce committee's Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection subcommittee should be dealing with more pressing issues?
In much more important news, due to inquiries by many potential constituents, including myself Heather has decided to speak on the FISA compromise the Senate will vote on later this week. From the email sent to me by Heather:
Later this week, the Senate will be considering passage of the compromise on the FISA Bill. Since many voters in the First Congressional District of Kentucky have contacted me wondering what my stance on this legislation is, I felt compelled to speak on this issue.
While I was in Washington on that terrible day of Sept. 11, 2001 when planes crashed into the World Trade Center and in Western Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon, I can understand the passion that has fueled this bill. Having said that, I must urge the Senate to reject this FISA compromise as proposed and passed by the House of Representatives with H.R. 6304.
There are several reasons why I feel this bill is unnecessary. First, I think that we have lost focus on the fact that a competent Administration could have actually gone a long way in preventing this tragedy. The Bush Administration was warned in advance of 9-11 and did nothing at the time to prevent it. I believe if the Bush Administration would have acted on the intelligence provided them, then the 9-11 tragedy could have been avoided through the laws that existed at the time.
I also believe this law is an extension of the Bush Administration's attempts to politicize the Justice Department. Prosecuting entities are provided by the Constitution with checks and balances on which to operate. They already have very broad powers and if they found a credible threat would have no problem getting a warrant in a timely fashion.
Finally, I believe that FISA and this compromise are an abomination to the Constitution because it seeks to circumvent the checks and balances provided all of us by that sacred document. I strongly oppose giving the Telecom Corporations immunity when they knew they were breaking the law, when the Bush Administration asked them to break the law.
I saw where my opponent in this race, "Exxon Ed" Whitfield voted for this Legislation. I think it is pretty ironic when the very Republicans who lecture us regarding limiting the roll of the Federal Government propose, and push through, the House of Representatives a bill that vastly broadens the powers of the Federal Government. This is one issue on which Progressives, Moderates and Conservatives should all be able to agree. There are certain things on which none of us should ever compromise, and the Constitution is one thing on which I will never compromise as Representative of Kentucky's First District.
Indeed. I don't think I could have put it better myself. Heather has shown with this response that she, simply put just gets it. None of us should forget the incompetence of the Bush Administration leading up to 9-11, and how it contributed to that tragedy. We should remember too, that they have now attempted to politicize the Justice Department to make us forget that incompetence.
The truth of the matter is that this law is unneccesary. Toying with the Constitution is a dangerous precedent for anyone to set, especially at the behest of the most incompetent administration in modern times. Heather is spot on in her analysis of the Republicans, including Exxon Eddie, lecturing us on the size of the Federal Government while voting to broadly expanding the powers of that entity.
As usual, Exxon Eddie has shown no vision or leadership on this issue. Of course we all know that Exxon Eddie is
Asleep at the Wheel
It is refreshing to see a candidate that isn't afraid to speak the truth, especially on such an important issue as the Constitution. It is also refreshing to see a candidate that isn't afraid to break from her party's leadership when she feels they are wrong. We need more candidates like that in the Congress. As much as we complain about what we feel is capitulation by our party's leadership, we simply must fight for newer and better Democrats like Heather Ryan.
In more light-hearted news, Ryan for Kentucky today unveiled it's new "Bag Eddie" series, designed to show some of the ridiculousness of Exxon Ed Whitfield and his fellow Kentucky Republican lackeys. Catch the first installment here:
Mitch McConnell makes an appearance in this one:
Now, you know what to do. We need Democrats in the Congress who share our ideals and aren't afraid to fight for them. We need Democrats who don't buy into the propoganda put forth by the Bush Administration. Why not support a Democrat who clearly gets it??: