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More on Kerry Backing Filibuster

by Pamela Leavey

UPDATE: CNN now reports this story: Sen. Kerry calls for filibuster of Alito, as first reported here

As Ron just reported a short time ago, William Pitt has reported at Democratic Underground that John Kerry “is supporting a filibuster.”

I have confirmed through my sources that both John Kerry and Ted Kennedy spoke up yesterday about the importance of stopping Alito. I suspected something was going down yesterday when Kerry’s floor speech got pushed back by an hour or so. There was deep frustration on the floor yesterday amongst Dems, that was clear to anyone watching the proceedings.

Word has it that the two Senators from Massachusetts, shocked those Senators who had declared that the Alito nomination was a done deal, by arguing the merits of a filibuster. They both know they face steep odds on this fight, but Kerry and Kennedy are known to work very closely together… and are not afraid to stand up.

This fight is one I feel, that we will see the sort of passion that a lot of us remember from 1971. It is clearly not over. My sources tell me that Kerry has been unequivocal and has passionately talked to colleagues — trying to get the ball rolling.

I urge everyone to stand up with Senators Kerry and Kennedy on this fight! Let them know we have their backs. Our focus is to lobby our Senators — last night I reported on the NY Times editorial calling for a filibuster… I said then “I personally can not sit back and watch this happening with out making a stand.”

There’s a Senate Phone List here, with numbers to all the Democratic Senators and the key moderate Republicans. There are also two toll free numbers – 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641.


Here’s a list of key Senators to press:

Robert Byrd (WV)
(202) 224-3954
Web Form: http://www.byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
FAX: (202) 228-0002

Mary Landrieu (LA)
(202) 224-5824
Web Form: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
FAX: (202) 224-9735

K. Salazar (CO)
(202) 224-5852
Web Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
FAX: (202) 228-5036

Johnson, Tim- (D – SD)
(202) 224-5842
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm

Susan Collins (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Web Form: http://collins.senate.gov/public /
FAX: (202) 224-2693

Olympia Snowe (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-1946
WebForm: http://snowe.senate.gov/Webform.htm
FAX: (202) 224-1946

Sign Kerry’s Alito Petition: www.johnkerry.com/action/alito.

Kennedy Backs Kerry in Filibuster of Alito.

Filibuster Alito, posted by John Kerry.

51 Responses to “More on Kerry Backing Filibuster”

  1. Pen,

    That’s about the chances of Bush nominating a moderate.

    Anyone who goes along with the unitary executive doctrine as Allito does is not a moderate or a conservative. That makes him an extremist who should not be on the court, especially when we are faced with a President who has already been abusing the powers of the executive branch.