Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2001 11:18 AM
Subject: eChampions: Call to Action
Your support is needed for one of President-elect Bush's Cabinet
nominees, former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. Special
interests and political extremists are determined to stop this able and
well-qualified woman from serving as the steward of our nation's
It's hard to see how reasonable people could oppose this nomination.
Gale Norton is a consensus builder who has worked for more than 20
years on environmental and federal land issues. She is a true
conservationist, who brings a real appreciation of the role private
owners and local communities can play in preserving our
Here are some highlights of her outstanding career:
-Gale Norton served as the Attorney General of Colorado from 1991
to 1999. Ms. Norton litigated state and federal constitutional issues,
defended the state against federal mandates, and won a major court
victory pressuring the federal government to adequately clean up
hazardous wastes at Rocky Flats and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
She also served as Chair of the Environment Committee for the
National Association of Attorneys General and established a strong
record of getting Superfund cleanups completed.
-During the Bush Administration, Ms. Norton was appointed to the
Western Water Policy Commission, and she now serves as
Environment Committee Chair for the Republican National Lawyers
-As Associate Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of the
Interior in the Reagan Administration, she oversaw endangered
species and public land legal issues for the National Park Service and
the Fish and Wildlife Service.
-And as a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, she
conducted groundbreaking research on innovative ways to control air
This is not a record to politicize; it is a record to praise. And this is
not a nominee to attack; this is a nominee to applaud. Yet some
environmental extremists are trying to deny our country the services
of this fine public servant because of ideological differences. But as
the links below point out, Gale Norton is very much in the
mainstream of creative environmental thought. Ideology has never
been used to prevent the nomination of a person to the cabinet. Yet
that is exactly what these extremists are trying to do. They are trying
to hijack the process. This is the politics of personal destruction.
And this is exactly why the American people voted for a new
president and new direction last November.
Please do two things.
First, let your Senator know you strongly support Gale Norton's
Go to http://www.senate.gov/senators/senator_by_state.cfm to find
the contact information for the Senators from your state.
It's time for a new conservation and common sense. Simply put, it's
time for Gale Norton.
Second, let the members of the Senate Energy And Natural
Resources Committee know you support Gale Norton. The
committee begins its hearings Thursday. Its members are:
D (NM) Bingaman, Jeff (Chairman) (202) 224-5521,
D (HI) Akaka, Daniel (202) 224-6361,
D (ND) Dorgan, Byron (202) 224-2551,
D (FL) Graham, Bob (202) 224-3041,
D (OR) Wyden, Ron (202) 224-5244,
D (SD) Johnson, Tim (202) 224-5842,
D (LA) Landrieu, Mary (202) 224-5824,
D (IN) Bayh, Evan (202) 224-5623,
D (AR) Lincoln, Blanche (202) 224-4843,
R (AK) Murkowski, Frank (Ranking Member) (202) 224-6665,
R (NM) Domenici, Pete (202) 224-6621,
R (OK) Nickles, Don (202) 224-5754,
R (ID) Craig, Larry (202) 224-2752,
R (CO) Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (202) 224-5852
R (WY) Thomas, Craig (202) 224-6441,
R (OR) Smith, Gordon (202) 224-3753,
R (KY) Bunning, Jim (202) 224-4343,
R (IL) Fitzgerald, Peter (202) 224-2854,
R (MT) Burns, Conrad (202) 224-2644,
The links below provide additional insight into the challenging and
successful career of Gale Norton.
(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 Gale Norton)
Please Read These Additional Facts and Comments Relating to the
Nomination of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior:
"President-elect George W. Bush's appointment of Gale Norton as
Secretary of the Interior is an inspired move. She is a true free
market conservative, not an ideological conservative, and has built a
strong record of going to bat for the state's environmental needs."
Denver Post Editorial Board, December 30,2000
Comments of United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (the
only American Indian presently serving in either the House or
Senate): "Gale Norton will be a superb Secretary of the Interior no
matter how tough of a confirmation fight environmentalists mount."
"She knows how to find the balance [to manage public lands]."
"Gale will do a terrific job."
Rocky Mountain News, December 31, 2000
Environmental extremists claim Norton is responsible for pollution
from a Summitville (Colorado) mine. Those involved know that is
not correct. "In fact, during her tenure as state AG, Norton struggled
to protect the public's interest at Summitville, despite legislative
mandates that hamstrung meaningful action."
Denver Post Editorial Board, January 11, 2001
(More on Summitville)
"The New York Times, for reasons that must be assumed to be
political, has attempted to smear Gale Norton, President-elect
George W. Bush's choice for secretary of Interior."
"The article, which relied on a series of factual misrepresentations
regarding the Summitville gold mine, also made a hash of explaining
applicable environmental law."
"The writer, Timothy Egan, clearly doesn't understand the history of
Summitville, nor does he demonstrate any understanding of the
ongoing dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency and
various states, including Colorado, that have passed environmental
Al Knight, Editorial Writer, Denver Post, January 10, 2001
(More on Summitville)
"But state regulators, federal lawyers and Norton's top deputy
attorneys at the time paint a different picture from that of a state
attorney general simply turning her back on pollution."
"In fact, the Democratic lawyer Norton put in charge of
environmental enforcement said she was unfettered by any
conservative leanings in deciding which cases to pursue and how."
"Norton's former colleagues contend environmentalists have
oversimplified situations, or are outright wrong, and that Norton's
office did, in fact, take action when state regulators sought her
Todd Hartman, Rocky Mountain News, January 14, 2001
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