Joe Lieberman has launched consistent, deeply partisan attacks on President-elect Barack Obama, questioning his patriotism and fitness to lead. While Lieberman campaigned for John McCain and spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention, he spread some of the GOP's nastiest smears. Think Progress has provided thorough evidence of Lieberman's partisan politics. Lieberman should not be allowed to have subpoena power to investigate the Obama administration as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In fact, he should not be allowed to remain chairman of this or any other committee.
Lieberman has proven he cannot be trusted to hold a high rank within the Democratic caucus. That is why we launched Lieberman Must Go last summer, a campaign that caught Congress' attention when we delivered a petition with over 43,000 signatures. Now, we ask you to help us escalate the pressure by contacting members of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee. Tell them to strip Lieberman of his chairmanship in the Democratic caucus.
We have included a sample script and phone numbers below for you to use, and we ask that you be polite when you explain why Lieberman Must Go.
Senator _________, my name is _________. I'm a registered Democrat and a [your state] resident. I urge you to vote to strip Joe Lieberman of his committee chairmanship when the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meets to discuss his future. A man who spent the entire election season demeaning Senator Obama's patriotism and his qualifications for office cannot be trusted with oversight authority over the Obama administration. Joe Lieberman is not a Democrat, and he should not enjoy the privileges of being a member of the majority party. Will you vote to strip Lieberman of his committee chairmanship?
Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, Chair
Senator Harry Reid, Nevada
Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts
Senator Daniel Inouye, West Virginia
Senator Robert Byrd
Senator Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts
Senator Joseph Biden, Delaware
Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont
Senator Christopher Dodd, Connecticut
Senator Tom Harkin, Iowa
Senator Max Baucus, Montana
Senator Richard Durbin, Illinois
Senator Kent Conrad, North Dakota
Senator Carl Levin, Michigan
Senator Herbert Kohl, Wisconsin
Senator Barbara Boxer, California
Senator Hillary Clinton, New York
Senator Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico
Senator Mark Pryor, Arkansas
Make the call today, then let us know you did and send this e-mail to your friends and colleagues (and don't forget to Digg it!). Let Democratic leaders know Lieberman represents an impediment to real change in Washington, and that is why Lieberman Must Go!