Author Archive: Scott Shields

Stacking the Deck at the DSC?

The NJ Democratic State Committee has not endorsed anyone for president. Chairman Joe Cryan, Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Bob Menendez, and most of the rest of the state party leadership support Hillary Clinton. There are Democratic State Committee members who support and are delegates for other candidates, but the Democratic Committee itself has not endorsed anyone (I’m not even sure if they can).

Despite having a contested primary, it appears as though the state committee is using its resources to support one Democratic candidate and one Democratic candidate only: Hillary Clinton. In December, the committee asked that Hillary Clinton be given unfair preferential placement on primary ballots – in violation of DNC rules (and any common sense democratic standard). Luckily, they soon changed course and requested a random draw instead.

This is simply the way things have always been done. Until party activists pointed out the gross unfairness of this practice – causing the DNC and other presidential campaigns to speak up – either nobody ever questioned it, or the questions weren’t loud enough to warrant answers.

As a blogger, I’m on the media list for various groups, candidates, etc, including the Democratic State Committee. I’ve received hundreds of emails from the DSC’s communications director over the last 2+ years. They’re about local, county, congressional and presidential candidates or elected officials. Sometimes they’re simply forwards of interesting articles. I searched through my inbox for the last 9 months of emails I’ve received. Below, I’m including the date and subject line of only those emails that mention any presidential candidate:

Jan 19, 2008: NJ Hillary – Advance Advisory

Jan 11, 2008: Hillary’s Aggressive Economic Plan

Jan 10, 2008: Hillary NJ Media Contact

Jan 9, 2008: Hillary News Call-In

Dec 12, 2007: President Clinton In NJ Tonight

Nov 1, 2007: Firefighters Protest Giuliani In NJ

Sept 7, 2007: The Full List [full list of Hillary Clinton NJ endorsements]

Sept 7, 2007: more endorsements for Hillary

Sept 5, 2007: H Clinton: Planning Advisory

Aug 31, 2007: Hillary Brings Fall Campaign to Jersey

Aug 29, 2007: Clinton to Attend DSC Conference

Aug 14, 2007: Clinton Names Kominsky [New Jersey State Director]

June 27, 2007: When Elizabeth Met Ann

June 22, 2007: Albio for Hillary

June 12, 2007: Menendez & H Clinton [endorsement]

June 8, 2007: The counting’s done…it’s $2.1 million!!! [announcing Clinton fundraiser results]

June 5, 2007: Bill Clinton

June 1, 2007: President Clinton

Only two of these – one about Elizabeth Edwards (June 27) and another about Rudy 9u11iani (Nov 1) – were not about Hillary Clinton or her husband.

It’s possible this is a failing of the non-Clinton campaigns to take advantage of the DSC resources the way they could or should be doing. Have they reached out to the DSC and requested that their news be circulated to the media, too? I don’t know if they have on a regular basis, but I do know that the DSC has received at least one Obama-related press release, and did not forward it to the media (or at least, did not forward it to us at Blue Jersey). It seems quite likely that the campaigns no longer bother to ask because they assume the answer is “No.” If that’s the unspoken message being sent by the DSC, that’s even worse.

But even if the other campaigns are dropping the ball, that’s no excuse. Regardless of any endorsements, the Democratic party’s role is to advocate for Democratic party candidates, not to play favorites in a primary.

John Edwards enjoys the support of Senators Dick Codey and Joe Vitale. Barack Obama has been endorsed by Bill Bradley, Congressman Steve Rothman, Senator Loretta Weinberg and Mayors Cory Booker and Jerramiah Healy. I didn’t receive notice about any of these things from the DSC, but I did get a one-line email on Jan 10th telling me who the New Jersey for Hillary media contact is. I’m also on Hillary Clinton’s campaign press list, and I did not receive this particular email from them, so it doesn’t appear to be a forward, but rather an original email. By contrast, an email received the day before titled “Hillary News Call-In” was the same as one received directly from the Clinton campaign. So it appears some of these emails are forwards while others are not.

The stated reason for moving up our primary was to make New Jersey relevant in the presidential nomination process. Success! New Jersey voters are being paid more attention (and respect) by the presidential candidates than ever before.

For example, Barack Obama recently visited the state for a rally attended by thousands. And yet, the state party didn’t see fit to share that news with the media. They also didn’t use their official email list to inform rank-and-file Democrats of the visit. How can it be that a viable, high-profile presidential candidate comes to the state for a free rally, but neither the media nor the voters are told about it?

While polls have shown Clinton with a healthy lead in New Jersey, the activist class of the Democratic Party has largely bucked that trend. In early December, John Edwards won a mock caucus with Barack Obama coming in a close second. A straw poll conducted in Montclair earlier this week showed Obama with almost twice the support of Clinton and Edwards. Just yesterday, the Princeton Community Democratic Organization held an endorsement vote where Barack Obama received 48%, Hillary Clinton 31% and John Edwards 9% (nobody received the 60% required for a formal endorsement).

None of this is meant to suggest that the party should be pushing either Edwards or Obama instead. They shouldn’t. But by apparently promoting one candidate over another, the state party appears to be completely out of touch with their own activist base. I would argue that is a dangerous position for any political party to put itself in.

I have been told that those emails about the presidential campaigns sent out by the communications director are sent from a personal email address, not an “official” email address, meaning that they’re not “official” DSC communications.

But the official press releases – the ones that list the communications director as the contact – are sent from the very same “personal” email address. It begs the question: How are media who receive these emails supposed to know what is an “official” DSC press release and what is not? On the other hand, since all these press releases come from a personal email address and if none of them are “official” and part of the job, is the communications director being placed in an untenable position of not being able to distinguish between his own personal emails and those the DSC will stand behind?

This all seems too convoluted by half, and the complex explanations seem like the DSC trying to have it both ways.

Two more points. I’m not alleging or even hinting that anything illegal has occurred. I don’t think that’s the case. But I believe it’s unfair for the party to give preferential treatment to one candidate over all others. Finally, I understand that this is just the way things have always been done, and I know that for many people I’m not breaking any news here. Overcoming this kind of institutional inertia isn’t easy, but it doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be done. If this party wants to remain relevant, it needs to become more open, fair, responsive and (small-d) democratic.

GOP Playbook: When In Doubt, Scream Terrorism

True to form, with the prospect of some of the most right-wing members of the legislature losing their seats to Democrats, Republicans in Jersey have decided to play the terror card. September 11 is not a distant memory for most in this state, and the GOP knows it. So they’re really left with no other way to go after an increasing Democratic majority than by appealing to fear.

The New York Times wrote up a comprehensive review of their tactics this morning. Here are the most galling examples. I think you’ll agree that the charges of terrorist sympathy are stretches at best and straight up lies at worst.

  • In Bergen County’s 39th LD, incumbent Senator and right-wing lunatic Gerald Cardinale is attacking Democratic challenger Joe Ariyan because Ariyan’s law partner is an Arab-American who is involved with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The ADC is a favorite target of David Horowitz, whose front-groups are clearly the source of the Cardinale campaign’s talking points. But according to Cardinale’s own wife, the state chapter of the Anti Defamation League has refused to condemn the ADC, denying that they are aligned with terrorists, calling them “benign.” This whisper campaign against Ariyan has only started peaking its head in the press, but it’s widely expected that the GOP will be doing a heavy direct mail campaign on this to close out the election.
  • In Burlington County’s 8th LD, Democratic Assembly challenger Tracy Riley is being attacked because her husband is the court-appointed public defender for one of the men accused of plotting a terror attack on Fort Dix. Mail sent to voters in the district shows photos of masked men with guns overlaid with the question, “Tracey Riley: Whose values will she represent in Trenton? Ours? Or theirs?”
  • In Toms River’s mayoral race, Democratic challenger Richard Strada is being attacked by the incumbent Republican’s campaign for holding an interfaith panel as the dean at Ocean County College, which was attended by an associate of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. The associate, Mohamed Nabeel Elmasry, was not invited by Strada, who was also unaware of his association with Rahman.

In the case of both Ariyan and Strada, their Republican opponents had conducted polling (some called it push-polling) that implied that the Democrats supported terrorism. And in all three races, Republican favorites are feeling the heat from Democratic challengers.

Sadly, this is what we’ve become used to from Republicans in New Jersey and across the nation. Since September 11, every time they’re in trouble, they pull the proverbial fire alarm and scream terrorism at the top of their lungs. It’s interesting to note that this time, the media doesn’t seem to be buying it. Though the Times is the first to give this trend its attention this election cycle, PoliticsNJ reporters Matt Friedman and Max Pizarro have been on these stories from the start (check here, here, and here for examples).

We can only hope that the voters are as astute as the reporters in sifting through these Republican scare tactics and recognizing them for what they are — baseless garbage.

GOP Playbook: When In Doubt, Scream Terrorism

True to form, with the prospect of some of the most right-wing members of the legislature losing their seats to Democrats, Republicans in Jersey have decided to play the terror card. September 11 is not a distant memory for most in this state, and the GOP knows it. So they’re really left with no other way to go after an increasing Democratic majority than by appealing to fear.

The New York Times wrote up a comprehensive review of their tactics this morning. Here are the most galling examples. I think you’ll agree that the charges of terrorist sympathy are stretches at best and straight up lies at worst.

  • In Bergen County’s 39th LD, incumbent Senator and right-wing lunatic Gerald Cardinale is attacking Democratic challenger Joe Ariyan because Ariyan’s law partner is an Arab-American who is involved with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The ADC is a favorite target of David Horowitz, whose front-groups are clearly the source of the Cardinale campaign’s talking points. But according to Cardinale’s own wife, the state chapter of the Anti Defamation League has refused to condemn the ADC, denying that they are aligned with terrorists, calling them “benign.” This whisper campaign against Ariyan has only started peaking its head in the press, but it’s widely expected that the GOP will be doing a heavy direct mail campaign on this to close out the election.
  • In Burlington County’s 8th LD, Democratic Assembly challenger Tracy Riley is being attacked because her husband is the court-appointed public defender for one of the men accused of plotting a terror attack on Fort Dix. Mail sent to voters in the district shows photos of masked men with guns overlaid with the question, “Tracey Riley: Whose values will she represent in Trenton? Ours? Or theirs?”
  • In Toms River’s mayoral race, Democratic challenger Richard Strada is being attacked by the incumbent Republican’s campaign for holding an interfaith panel as the dean at Ocean County College, which was attended by an associate of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman. The associate, Mohamed Nabeel Elmasry, was not invited by Strada, who was also unaware of his association with Rahman.

In the case of both Ariyan and Strada, their Republican opponents had conducted polling (some called it push-polling) that implied that the Democrats supported terrorism. And in all three races, Republican favorites are feeling the heat from Democratic challengers.

Sadly, this is what we’ve become used to from Republicans in New Jersey and across the nation. Since September 11, every time they’re in trouble, they pull the proverbial fire alarm and scream terrorism at the top of their lungs. It’s interesting to note that this time, the media doesn’t seem to be buying it. Though the Times is the first to give this trend its attention this election cycle, PoliticsNJ reporters Matt Friedman and Max Pizarro have been on these stories from the start (check here, here, and here for examples).

We can only hope that the voters are as astute as the reporters in sifting through these Republican scare tactics and recognizing them for what they are — baseless garbage.

The Company You Keep, The Price You Pay

It never ceases to amaze how tone-deaf some politicians can be. Take, for example, the entire Hudson County Democratic Organization. Last week, State Senator and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco held his annual HCDO fundraiser in Garfield (which is, incidentally, in Bergen County, but I digress). It was, as I’ve been told, the place to be seen in Hudson County politics.

Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna certainly thought so. Fresh off an indictment for extortion and mail fraud, Delle Donna joined a number of HCDO luminaries at the fundraiser. But some of the attendees were not what I’d lovingly call the usual, ahem, suspects.

There was a strong Hoboken contingent in attendance, for example. Carol Marsh, the HCDO’s primary candidate for Assembly from the 33rd District, Frank “Pupie” Raia, the HCDO’s candidate for Council from Hoboken’s 3rd Ward, and gadfly Michael Lenz all showed up. What’s interesting about this group is that they make up the brain trust, as it were, of 4th Ward Council Candidate Dawn Zimmer’s campaign to legitimately win the seat she stole through election fraud in June and then vacated when challenged in court. And yet somehow, Zimmer still claims she’s not an HCDO candidate.

A few weeks ago, the anonymous poster Jersey Boy went to bat for Hoboken Council candidate Dawn Zimmer, claiming she wasn’t part of the HCDO machine and that attacks against her for taking HCDO support were hypocritical coming from those who had also accepted HCDO support in the past.

It’s time to knock down the spin and set the record straight.

The problem here is not the extensive support Dawn Zimmer has received from the HCDO. That’s her right. Good people have accepted that backing in the past and will again in the future. The problem is that Zimmer’s a hypocrite, consistently denying that the support she’s received makes her an HCDO-backed candidate. Dawn has presented herself as an opponent of the organization and, well, that’s a tough sell when they’re providing her core of support.

On March 26, 2007, Dawn Zimmer announced on Hoboken411.com that she had not accepted HCDO money and would not in the future.

My campaign has not received, and will not accept, any contributions on a personal or organizational level from the Mayor, the Hudson County Democratic Organization, Brian Stack, or any of the other players involved in the battle for control over the Hudson County patronage machine. We have had no discussions whatsoever with any of those people or organizations in which support has either been solicited or offered.

That’s a promise she broke repeatedly, taking thousands from HCDO-aligned County Executive Tom DeGise, HCDO Chairman and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, and the HCDO itself.  In response to this, Zimmer has said that she only took $4,000 from HCDO. She clearly misses the point. She made a campaign promise to take nothing from them.

Again, neither I nor anyone else associated with her opponent, Councilman Chris Campos, think there’s anything wrong with Healey’s or DeGise’s money, but Dawn Zimmer has gone on the record in the past saying that there is. Politicians are free to change their minds, of course, but there’s always a price to be paid for it. And in Zimmer’s case, she needs to stop denying that she is a beneficiary of HCDO support. After all, DeGise and HCDO consultant Paul Swibinski didn’t end up at her campaign headquarters on election night by accident.

Dawn Zimmer is a hypocrite, plain and simple.

Taking Out Tom Kean Jr

(Cross-posted at DailyKos.com)

Starting his 2006 campaign for U.S. Senate as the young, well-coifed namesake of our popular former Governor, many across the state had high hopes in Tom Kean jr. They saw in him the promise of a truly clean, moderate, barely-partisan Republican who could fill his father’s impressive shoes. It wasn’t long before he showed his true colors. The apple, sadly, had fallen far from the tree. Hurling relentlessly muddy attack upon attack, voters began to see Tom Kean jr not as the second coming of his father, but rather a practitioner of the same old tired politics of smear and sleaze.

You’re all familiar with the way he conducted himself last year.  It was a campaign of lies and innuendo that relied on criminals and sketchy staffers for its research.  Tom Moran laid it out perfectly in the Star-Ledger.

At 38, [Kean jr] still looks like a choir boy. But he knows he can’t win this race on the issues. So he’s hired a team of consultants and turned his campaign into a snarling machine that would make Karl Rove proud.

To troll for dirt on Menendez, Kean’s campaign has enlisted Chris Lyon, a political hit-man who was last seen fleeing New Hampshire after the attorney general there deemed his tricks too sleazy for the Granite State.

It seems Lyon was spreading rumors that the wife of a gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire was a member of a cult that worshipped orgasms. That is not a joke.

Lyon has become pen pals with Robert Janiszewski, the former Hudson County executive who is now in prison on corruption charges.

Yes, Janiszewski is a liar with a grudge against Menendez. But Kean needs dirt, and he’s not real fussy about the source.

Joe Pennacchio, Terrorist Loving Cheney Sycophant

Harsh, you say? Well, it’s hard to argue with the facts.

In a recent campaign press release covered by PoliticsNJ’s Matt Friedman and referenced earlier by our own SJBrian, likely future US Senate candidate, actual current State Senate candidate, and professional Dentist Joe Pennacchio of Montville attacked Senator Frank Lautenberg for… standing up to terrorists.

Right now, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez are standing united with New York Senators Clinton and Schumer to block the nomination of Gene Cretz as ambassador to Libya. Their objection is that Libya, a state sponsor of terrorism, has never truly paid for its crimes.

The Senate Democrats, led by Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, said no U.S. ambassador should set foot in Tripoli until Libya fulfilled the financial commitments made to the victims’ families.

“Libya must no longer be allowed to drag its feet and the U.S. must not pursue fully normalized diplomatic relations with Libya until they fulfill their legal obligations to American families,” Lautenberg said in a statement.

Joe Pennacchio, however, is apparently of the mindset that we ought to open normalize relations with Libya to “reward responsible behavior.” Dictator Qaddafi’s ‘responsible behavior,’ in Pennacchio’s mind, includes having “admitted a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103,” according to his statement. To Pennacchio, it seems mass murder is okay as long as you at least ‘fess up to it. Meanwhile, other reputable international organizations characterize Libya as a nation that engages in the vicious torture, murder, and unlawful detention of both journalists and dissidents.

But what’s really insane to me is that Pennacchio, as I mentioned earlier, is a resident of Montville. For years, one of the most outspoken advocates of justice for Libya has been Montville resident Kathleen Flynn, who lost her son John Patrick Flynn in Libya’s bombing of Pan Am 103. When the Bush adminstration announced that they would be opening diplomatic relations with the Qaddafi regime in Libya, she told USA Today that “the moral compass of this administration is so off-kilter.”

So if Pennacchio isn’t speaking for his constituents in championing the cause of ‘rewarding’ Libya, then who is he speaking for?

As indicated in the headline, this is where Dick Cheney comes into the picture. As the CEO of Halliburton in the nineties, Cheney was one of the leading voices in the push to restore diplomatic ties with Libya. The motive, of course, was profit. The Washington Post has an excellent history of the company’s relationship to Libya at their website.

Halliburton came under fire in the early ’90s for supplying Libya and Iraq with oil drilling equipment which could be used to detonate nuclear weapons. Halliburton Logging Services, a former subsidiary, was charged with shipping six pulse neutron generators through Italy to Libya. In 1995, the company pled guilty to criminal charges that it violated the U.S. ban on exports to Libya. Halliburton was fined $1.2 million and will pay $2.61 million in civil penalties.
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During his chairmanship of Halliburton, Cheney criticized U.S. sanctions against “rogue” nations such as Iran and Libya in a 1998 speech. According to a July 26, 2000, Washington Post story, Cheney complained the sanctions “are nearly always motivated by domestic political pressure, the need for Congress to appeal to some domestic constituency.”

Unsurprisingly, in April of 2001, just three months after taking office, The Washington Post reported that Cheney’s energy task force recommended that sanctions against Libya and other rogue states be restructured as they impacted “some of the most important existing and prospective petroleum producing countries in the world.”

Joe Pennacchio’s position is clear. When it comes to chosing sides, it’s Dick Cheney and Big Oil over his own constituents fighting to bring a terrorist state to justice.

Sock Puppet Hazelbaker In As McCain’s National Communications Director

(Following up on my Quick Hits piece, I wanted to provide a bit more insight and context.)

Need proof the McCain campaign’s about to hit a brick wall? The Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder’s got it.

Jill Hazelbaker, currently McCain’s New Hampshire communications director, is likely to take over as national communications director, a Republican briefed on the changes said. She’s worked closely with McCain’s new team, worked well with his old team, and has no dog in the fight but McCain.

You remember Jill Hazelbaker, right, Blue Jersey? Oh, I know you do.

Hazelbaker was caught here at Blue Jersey last year engaged in a variety of blogospheric no-no’s. For one thing, she was engaged in an astroturfing campaign to make it seem as if there was a groundswell of Democratic disaffection with Senator Menendez’s candidacy. To top it off, she did this by sockpuppeting, or creating a number of Blue Jersey accounts with which to post comments along the same theme.

And now, as the McCain campaign slips further into oblivion, Hazelbaker, who had been serving as his spokesperson in New Hampshire, is apparently being called up to replace outgoing Communications Director Brian Jones.  Jones, according to Ambinder and The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza, is part of a mass wave of resignations of loyalists to former campaign manager Terry Nelson. Other press resignations include Jones’ deputies Danny Diaz, Matt David, national press secretary Amanda Henneberg, Iowa spokesman Tim Miller and South Carolina spokesman Adam Temple.

Our congratulations to Jill for being sixth in line for a job that likely won’t last the summer.

Sen. Menendez on Habeas Corpus: An Update

Two weeks ago, I wrote an open letter to Senator Menendez urging him to co-sponsor Senator Arlen Specter’s Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007, S.185. Knowing that the Senator had already signed on as an early co-sponsor of Senator Dodd’s much stronger bill, the Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007, it just made sense.

So I’m very happy to announce that the Senator has (predictably) made good on his promise to work to restore Habeas Corpus by signing on as a co-sponsor of S.185. Here is his statement:

“I am a co-sponsor – a proud co-sponsor – of Senator Specter’s bill, and I will continue to support and champion efforts to restore the right of Habeas Corpus. To that end, I have also agreed to co-sponsor the Leahy amendment to the Defense Authorization bill currently on the Senate floor. This issue is a priority, and I am hopeful that we can pass legislation in the near future.”

For some, this may not be enough to earn him forgiveness for voting for the Military Commissions Act in 2006. I understand that position, but disagree. That vote was not taken in a vacuum, either politically or in terms of policy. And it was not taken lightly by the Senator, who at the time called it “an imperfect bill,” and “not the bill [he] wanted.”

But it cannot be ignored that Senator Menendez has lived up to the pledge he made in the aftermath of his vote “to make necessary improvements to this legislation to protect the civil liberties of all Americans.” I’m proud to see him following through on this with the same trademark tenacity and dedication that he brings to issues like immigration reform, port security, and the protection of working families.

NYT Profiles Jay Lassiter

You know what’s awesome? Blue Jersey statehouse correspondent Jay Lassiter being profiled by The New York Times  (transcript below.)  You know what’s not so awesome? Jay losing his press pass in the process.

It seems that the Jonathan Miller profile of our very own Mr. Lassiter set into motion a chain of events that led to the state police yanking his pass. They said that some had questioned if “too many people had gotten access to State House ID’s.”

Whatever. Long story short, Jay will still be reporting from Trenton, but only after going through the somewhat annoying process of getting a visitor’s pass. (Thanks, Gray Lady…)

As Miller points out, Jay is part of the vanguard of bloggers joining traditional media to cover our statehouses as “blogger reporters.” And as the recent press pass situation tells us, the political establishment hasn’t quite wrapped it’s head around the trend just yet.

We couldn’t be more proud of Jay for going where no blogger has gone before, right down into the thick of things in Trenton. Here’s hoping he’s reporting from the capitol for some time to come.

*Update* (Jay): the article is now in the NYTimes Archive.  So if you don’t wanna pay to get his scoop, follow the flip for the full text of the story.

An Open Letter to Senator Menendez

Dear Senator Menendez,

As you know, as your campaign’s Director of Internet Operations last fall, I took one heck of a beating from our netroots allies for your vote for the Military Commissions Act of 2006, aka ‘The Torture Bill.’ It was a bill you weren’t happy with, but you voted for it for reasons I understand. Within the campaign and to you personally, I made my displeasure known and, to your credit, you were very gracious about the issue. You had nothing but sympathy for my position and apologized personally for the heat I took. Publicly, you explained your vote and pledged that one of the first things you would do if elected to the Senate would be to take action to restore Habeas Corpus rights.

You are a man of your word. In February, you were one of the original co-sponsors of Senator Dodd’s Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007, S.576. At the time, you said, “we must not compromise the values and virtues of our nation and Constitution” in fighting terrorism, that S.576 “will give us the tools to defend America from her enemies, while never ceding our standing as a nation of freedom and justice.”

But the fact of the matter is that S.576 currently appears to be stalled. There is another option on the table, however. As Bob Geiger has written, Senator Arlen Specter has put forward the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007, S.185. The bill has already passed through the Judiciary Committee and counts among its co-sponsors many of your fellow co-sponsors of S.576, like Senators Lautenberg, Brown, Feingold, Leahy, and Kennedy.

Your co-sponsorship of Senator Dodd’s S.576 is much appreciated. And it shows that you are serious about restoring the right of Habeas Corpus. While it is not as progressive or wide-ranging as S.576, Senator Specter’s S.185 has a much better chance of being passed and being passed quickly. So I ask as a constituent, a former employee, and a supporter that you sign on as a co-sponsor of S.185 as well.

Thank you,
Scott Shields