In an email to supporters titled “The most toxic substance known to man”, Senator Harry Reid goes off on Rob Andrews:
It’s the type of news you need to spit out fast, so I won’t sugarcoat it – United States Representative Robert Andrews has knowingly voted to store the most toxic substance known to man – nuclear waste – near American citizens, while at the same time vying to represent those citizens in our government.
How? By running for Senate and trying to oust my friend, esteemed colleague, and champion of progressive values, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
You and I know that New Jerseyans – and Americans around the country – deserve a Senator who will fight for the American people around the clock, on the issues that matter most. Beyond a doubt, Senator Lautenberg is the only person who fits the bill in this race, and if we want him to continue fighting for us, we’ve got to fight for him. […]
It’s hard to believe that a representative of the American people, Rep. Andrews, actually voted to store nuclear waste in a highly earthquake-prone area above a large source of water, only 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. But don’t take my word for it, take his:
“I joined with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve President Bush’s decision to store the country’s nuclear waste beneath Yucca Mountain … 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.”
And to top off his record of shame, Rep. Andrews was also one of the earliest and staunchest supporters of President Bush’s plan to go to war in Iraq.
So, when I tell you that Senator Lautenberg opposed the War in Iraq from the get-go, voted against the creation of a toxic nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, and aggressively tackled the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration – I’m sure you’ll agree that he is exactly the type of person we want representing us in the U.S. Senate.
That’s harsh. But I do want to point out that Reid is wrong that Lautenberg “opposed the War in Iraq from the get-go”. In fact he supported it and even suggested that those opposing the war should stop speaking out against it, saying “the days of dissent I think are essentially over”.
It’s curious how he opens fire on Andrews but allows Lieberman to continuously undercut him with impunity.