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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Seniors gather to voice opposition to Dave Reichert's support of Bush policies

Today has been a very exciting day.

Following Darcy Burner's very successful post to Daily Kos this morning (303 users have recommended so far) a group of local seniors gathered on Mercer Island at Dave Reichert's headquarters to voice their opposition to Reichert's support of Bush plans on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

The seniors delivered a letter to Reichert's staff articulating their concerns and demanding to know why Dave Reichert claims to be "moderate" and "independent" when he wholeheartedly supports Bush administration policies.

"Dave Reichert has consistently rubberstamped Bush's failed agenda and his disatrous policies on seniors' issues - privatization of Social Security, cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and drug laws written by and for the pharmaceutical companies instead of the seniors that need help," Bellevue resident Tom Way told reporters. "We need fresh new leadership in Congress, not someone that will stand shoulder to shoulder with George Bush."

The gathering was covered by KING 5 and KCPQ 13.

Other notes concerning the Bush visit:
  • SLOG has the exclusive scoop on new polling numbers released by Darcy's campaign.
  • Seattle Times chief political reporter David Postman has the details on John Kerry's efforts to help raise money for Darcy's campaign.
  • Washington State Democrats are having a big rally tomorrow, June 16th, at Westlake Center (400 Pine Street) in Seattle to make it perfectly clear that George W. Bush is not welcome in the Evergreen State. Darcy will be speaking, as will State Party Chairman Dwight Pelz and a number of other local officials. I'm planning on attending, and I hope you'll join me.
  • A number of activists are reportedly planning to protest Bush's visit from boats on Lake Washington, along the Medina shore.
If you haven't already contributed to Darcy's campaign, please make a contribution today. This is when it really matters. Karl Rove is hoping to blow us out of the water with one fundraiser. We can't let that happen.

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