A national anti-war group has kicked off a campaign to get Congressman Mike Rogers to join a growing number of Republicans opposed to President George W. Bush’s Iraq war policy.
Americans Against Escalation in Iraq held a press conference in front of Rogers’ office in Lansing on Thursday afternoon. The four-term Brighton lawmaker is one of 40 the group is targeting across the nation.
“We think he’s vulnerable,” said Michael Webb, a spokesman for the group. “He’s not the most vulnerable in the state, but some data suggest his district is growing in places, like Oakland County, that are getting more Democratic.”
Rogers could not immediately be reached for comment for this story.
Other Michigan lawmakers targeted in the campaign are U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers of Grand Rapids, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Livonia and U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg of Bloomfield Hills, all Republicans.
Americans Against Escalation in Iraq is a coalition of groups including unions, MoveOn.org Political Action, Vote Vets and Campaign for America’s Future.
Rogers’ spokeswoman, Sylvia Warner, supplied a written response to the event. The statement said that “Congressman Rogers will continue to fully support our troops.”
Mr. Rogers' political instincts (a/k/a CYA) are pretty keen... so with old guard Republicans like Voinovich, Warner, Lugar and Domenici all coming out against the war, combined with AAEI's efforts, may provide the extra push Rogers needs to do the right thing.
Let's hope so, before any more lives are lost.