Please urge the DSCC to work hard to keep a right-wing bigot out of the Senate.

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Please urge the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) to provide the maximum possible financial and peoplepower support for Doug Jones in the Alabama special election on December 12, 2017 to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

Doug Jones is a civil rights lawyer and former US Attorney.  As US Attorney, he successfully prosecuted the final two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which killed four young black girls in Birmingham in 1963. He was nominated in September to be the Democratic candidate for the vacant Senate seat.  Roy Moore is a notorious bigot, who has twice been removed as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for his attempts to bring his extremist views into the Court.  He was first removed in 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for his refusal to obey a federal district court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments which he had had erected in the Supreme Court building, in clear violation of the Establishment Clause’s separation of church and state.  He was narrowly re-elected to the Chief Justice position in 2012 and suspended in May 2016 for directing state probate clerks to defy the US Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.  Instead of appealing, he resigned from the Court and successfully ran for the Republican nomination for Senate.

The DSCC is chaired by Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.  Senator Van Hollen has not yet firmly committed the DSCC to provide the maximum possible support to Doug Jones.  This is totally unacceptable, for at least three reasons.

First, it is morally unacceptable for the Democrats not to put up the strongest possible fight to defeat Roy Moore.  Mr. Moore’s contemptible bigotry simply must not be allowed to further infect the federal government.  Moore has stated that homosexuality should be illegal and praised Vladimir Putin’s attacks on gays.  He has stated that 9/11 was God’s punishment of a sinful America and that only God can unite the races in the US.   He has slurred Native Americans and Asian Americans.  He has asserted that Sharia law is now applied in localities in Indiana and Illinois and questioned Congressman Ellison’s qualification to serve in Congress as a Moslem.  The Democrats must do all they can to prevent this right wing zealot from serving in the Senate.

Next, this seat is winnable.  In 2012, Moore won his Supreme Court seat while polling fewer than 52% of the vote.  Mitt Romney carried Alabama by more than 60%.  Two current polls show that the margin between Moore and Jones is in the single digits.  One poll has Moore up by five points, the other by eight.  Again, with sufficient resources, DOUG JONES CAN WIN THIS ELECTION.

Finally, the Republicans currently have a 52 – 48 majority in the Senate.  They can only afford to lose two Republicans on any vote in the Senate.  If Jones were elected, that number would fall to one.  We saw in the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act how important it is to narrow the Republican majority.  Going into 2018, this will be the Democrats last chance to show that they have a realistic opportunity to regain the Senate next year.

Please sign my petition to urge the DSCC to do the morally correct and politically realistic thing and throw its resources behind Doug Jones. 

Thank you.

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