MoveOn supports DiFi censure effort

feinstein.jpgPressure to get the California Democratic Party‘s executive board to censure U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., at its meeting this weekend got a lot heavier today as online organizing giant MoveOn.org joined the effort.

Netroots and grassroots activists organized by the Courage Campaign are urging passage of a resolution censuring Feinstein for her pivotal votes for Michael Mukasey as U.S. Attorney General and Leslie Southwick as a federal judge. A version of the censure resolution, included below the jump, will be submitted for the consideration of the California Democratic Party Executive Board at its meeting November 16-18 in Anaheim.

In an email to over 500,000 members in California, MoveOn.org Wes Boyd of Berkeley said:

“Only 29% of Californians — and just 9% of California Democrats — approve of the president, but Senator Feinstein has sided with him on key issues.”

“When Senator Feinstein sides with President Bush and the Republicans on key issues like these, she not only goes against what a majority of her constituents want–she gives cover to other Democrats too, making it harder for Congress to make progress on the critical issues that so many voters care about.”

“Senator Feinstein isn’t up for election again until 2012, but we can’t afford another 5 years of this. She needs to hear from Californians that she needs to start siding with them–not George Bush.”

“A censure from the California Democratic Party is the strongest way to send that message.”

More after the jump…

The resolution says:

“Whereas Senator Dianne Feinstein voted to support the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey as United States Attorney General, thereby elevating to the highest position in law enforcement a man who refused to renounce the right of the President to resort to torture and who refused to recognize waterboarding as a form of torture, and by this action Senator Feinstein failed to oppose President Bush and failed to stand for the ideals of the Democratic Party, which abhors torture and stands firmly against its use by the United States at all times and places; and

“Whereas Senator Feinstein voted to confirm Judge Leslie Southwick for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit despite his clear record of racism and gender discrimination, thus failing to stand firmly with the Democratic Party, which supports gender equality and opposes racism in any of its manifestations; and

“Whereas these examples are far from the only instances where Senator Feinstein, after seeking and securing the support and endorsement of the California Democratic Party, has failed to support the policies and principles of our party;

“Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party expresses its disappointment at, and censure of, Senator Feinstein for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials.

The resolution is endorsed by the Courage Campaign, MoveOn.org, Executive Board of the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus, Steering Committee of the East Bay for Democracy Democratic Club, Progressive Democrats of America, Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, the Coordinating Committee of SoCal Grassroots, San Diego Democracy for America, the Steering Committee of Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Sacramento for Democracy, DFA-Orange County, Santa Cruz County for Democracy, Trinity County Democratic Central Committee, Diablo Valley Democratic Club, Ventura County Committee to Stop the War, Progressive Democrats Sonoma County, the Inyo County Democratic Central Committee, and the Torrance Democratic Club.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.