January 13, 2002 - CFuturePC: Where we are today with the Gaddi Vasquez nomination

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By Admin1 (admin) on Sunday, January 13, 2002 - 5:31 pm: Edit Post

Where we are today with the Gaddi Vasquez nomination

Read and comment on this email from John Coyne of the Committee for the Future of the Peace Corps on where the campaign stands today at:

Where we are today with the Gaddi Vasquez nomination*

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Dear Friends:

As you know, Congress reconvenes January 23. You have been great beyond words for the past 4 months, and your very active engagement over the next two weeks will make or break this campaign. The opposition to Gaddi is still very much alive and his confirmation for Peace Corps Director is not a done deal.

Again, we would not be here today if it was not for the collective action of thousands of us from across the US (and around the world) determined to once again to make a difference and have our voices heard about the quality of leadership that we believe the Peace Corps deserves.

We will try our very best to get you the very latest information in a daily update or at the very least, an every-other-day update, as we also have full time jobs. Be assured that the three of us (and lots of others on the ground, on the Hill, in the media) are working this 24/7 until the nomination comes up on the Senate floor. We want you right here by our sides - just as we have worked this campaign together for the past 4 months.

We know we have made our point on the Hill. A couple of RPCV staffers who work for different Members of Congress have reported that our campaign is now well known and has been effective "beyond belief," in their words. They've heard that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's (SFRC) phone lines have been occasionally jammed with staffers calling them to request the status of the Vasquez nomination.

Translated into English this means your calls, letters, and emails to your Senators have demanded a knowledgeable response that is not routine or in anyone's files. So the staffers from Senate and Members offices have to call the (SFRC, the source) to get the latest information on Gaddi's nomination. Yes, our voices have been heard loud and clear. And that is because you have made your congressmen and women aware of your opinion about Gaddi Vasquez.

Finally, here's a brief overview of strategy for the next couple of weeks....

#1 Oppose Gaddi Vasquez on Talk Radio -- look for details early this week.

#2 Press Release comparing Enron's Bankruptcy, the largest in US corporate history and OC's bankruptcy, the largest in the public sector in US history -- look for details later in the week.

#3 Once again contacting key senators - we'll have more information on this later in the week.

It's Sunday afternoon, January 13 and I'm going home to watch the football game. I'll be in touch by email tomorrow, Monday.

John Coyne for The Committee for The Future of the Peace Corps

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