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Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 1:23 AM


Subject: An Important eChampion Message

Dear Friends,

President-elect Bush has brought together an excellent group to serve as his

Cabinet. His nominees are a diverse, experienced, and strong group. They

will help enact his agenda, change the tone in Washington and make us proud.

Your help is needed to get these outstanding men and women confirmed by the

United States Senate. Some of President-elect Bush's nominees are being

unfairly attacked by outside groups and the Senate needs to hear that from


One of the first Senate hearings will be Tuesday for Senator John Ashcroft,

President-elect Bush's choice for Attorney General.

The hallmark of Senator Ashcroft's long history of public service has been

integrity. As Attorney General, he will uphold the law and make the

Department of Justice an institution all Americans can be proud of.

He brings a unique record of service to this challenge. He was twice

elected Missouri's Attorney General, serving with both Republican and

Democrat Governors. He was elected Governor of Missouri, an important swing

state, and then reelected with 64% of the vote. John then was elected to

the U.S. Senate, where he just finished a six-year term. No other Attorney

General has ever had this wealth of experience.

John has a long history of strong leadership on important issues, including:

- Won widespread acclaim for his effectiveness in running the Missouri

Attorney General's office by attracting strong men and women to serve his

state and strictly upholding the law

- As Senator, co-Sponsored the Violence Against Women Act

- As Governor, signed Missouri's first Hate-Crimes Bill and fought to

protect victims' rights

- Balanced the State Budget all eight years As Governor

- Made Education Reform a priority as Governor

- Toughened penalties for crimes committed with a Gun

- Worked To protect children at school, strengthen classroom safety

- Voted For background checks at pawn shops

- Was Endorsed By Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies

- Supported 26 of 28 African-Americans nominated to the Federal bench

- Was commended as Governor by one of the oldest Black Bar Associations for

his record of appointing minorities

- Appointed many African-Americans to Missouri's courts

- Was one of the first Governors to sign a law creating a Martin Luther King


- Created an award honoring George Washington Carver's Accomplishments,

saved Lincoln College, an historic Black college founded by African-American

veterans of the Civil War.

Some groups are attacking Ashcroft for opposing the nomination of Judge

Ronnie White to a lifetime appointment as a Federal judge. Every Republican

Senator opposed White's confirmation, in part, because he urged a lower

legal standard for a man convicted of first-degree murder 4 times (including

the first degree murder of three police officers).

Some groups charge Ashcroft will not uphold abortion laws with which he

disagrees. This is wrong and simply an attempt to undermine the new

Administration. Ashcroft understands the job of the Attorney General is to

carry out the letter of the law. He will restore the rule of law to the

Justice Department and run a highly professional department.

Please do two things.

First, let your Senator know you strongly support a fair confirmation

process for John Ashcroft.

Go to to find the

contact information for the Senators from your state.

Second, let the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee know you support

John Ashcroft's confirmation. The committee begins its hearings Tuesday.

Its members are:

D(DE) Biden Jr, Joseph, (202) 224-5042,

R(OH) DeWine, Mike, (202) 224-2315,

D(WI) Feingold, Russell, (202) 224-5323,

D(CA) Feinstein, Dianne, (202) 224-3841,

R(IA) Grassley, Chuck,, (202) 224-3744,

R(UT) Hatch, Orrin, (202) 224-5251,

D(MA) Kennedy, Edward, (202) 224-4543,

D(WI) Kohl, Herb, (202) 224-5653,

R(AZ) Kyl, Jon, (202) 224-4521,

D(VT) Leahy, Patrick, (202) 224-4242,

D(NY) Schumer, Charles, (202) 224-6542,

R(AL) Sessions, Jeff, (202) 224-4124,

R(NH) Smith, Bob, (202) 224-2841,

R(PA) Specter, Arlen, (202) 224-4254,

R(SC) Thurmond, Strom, (202) 224-5972,

D(NJ) Torricelli, Robert, (202) 224-3224

Finally, two recent comments from current United States Senators:

Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) had this to say about the Ashcroft


"'I think it represents a very good choice'. . . the only things people want

in an attorney general are 'good management, sound judgment and high

integrity. They're not easy to find in one individual, but I think John

Ashcroft has all of them.'" "I certainly assume I will be voting for

him." - Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) (David Kocieniewski, "Staunch Democrat

Eases Up on Opposition," The New York Times, January 6, 2001; Audrey Hudson,

"Democrats Set For Ashcroft's Confirmation," The Washington Times, January

4, 2001) (emphasis added)

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) Commended Ashcroft.

"I rise to pay tribute to Senator John Ashcroft as he prepares to leave the

Senate. . . . Senator Ashcroft has been a man of his word who served his

state and his country with distinction. I join my colleagues on both sides

of the aisle in wishing him well in his future endeavors." (Congressional

Record, December 15, 2000)

Thank you.

(Please forward this message to friends, family and co-workers and ask them

to show their support for President-elect Bush by asking their U.S. Senators

to support the confirmation of John Ashcroft)


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