Reposting from The New Civil Rights Movement…
Who Are The 17 Democrats Who Voted To Hold Eric Holder In Contempt?
by David Badash on June 29, 2012
Late Thursday afternoon, in an act of sheer partisanship, contempt for the rule of law, and contempt for the Obama administration, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 255-67 — almost entirely along party lines — to hold Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American Attorney General, in contempt of Congress.
Many are saying that Republicans wanted to find Holder in contempt as payback for his work hindering their attempts to restrict voting, which they are using to try to get Romney into the White House.
It should be little surprise that the NRA is behind the GOP’s contempt vote.
But 109 Democrats, held together by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, literally stood together and in an act of bravery walked out of the House (image, top,) refusing to even dignify Darrell Issa‘s witch hunt with their vote.
Seventeen Democrats, however, broke with their party to try to save not democracy, liberty, or even their own dignity, but their re-election efforts.
These are the 17 Democrats who are beneath contempt. These are the 17 Democrats who voted with 238 Republicans to hold Eric Holder in contempt:
Two Republicans had the good sense to vote against contempt:
Feel free to contact these folks and let them know what you think.
And, I am very glad to see my Congressman Mike Honda in the photo of those who left the chambers rather than vote on the contempt bill!
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