UPDATE, 10:30 p.m. — Porkopolis was his usual tenacious self, and copied me on an e-mail response he received from Ms. Garrett A.K. Silverman, George Voinovich’s Press Secretary, which is as follows:
While Sen. Voinovich thinks the current bill is far from perfect, he strongly supports border security and a way to bring people out of the shadows. He will continue to try to make this bill betterâ€”in his eyes, the status quo is not a possibility.
I don’t take a lot of comfort in that.
UPDATE: Just heard Hannity mention Voinovich as not having decided and quote (without appellation, but that’s okay in this circumstance) this post’s “comments from constituents” phrase.
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I called George Voinovich’s Washington Office at about 8:30 a.m. (ahem, the number is 202-224-3353).
The gentleman who answered the phone (whose name I didn’t get because his answer to my question about the senator’s planned vote on immigration-bill cloture almost threw me out of my chair) said that Voinovich has not indicated how he will vote on the measure. Voinovich voted FOR cloture (BizzyBlog link; roll call vote) a couple of weeks ago when the bill was killed the first time around.
I called the Senator’s Cleveland office and confirmed that he has not made up his mind, and is taking comments from constituents.
This is a surprise (to me, at least), because I haven’t seen Voinovich’s name on any of the “on the fence” (so to speak) lists like this one at Michelle Malkin’s place last Thursday, and had the impression he was a lost cause. Maybe he still is, and maybe he’s just posing, but it surely wouldn’t hurt to give the senator a civil and constructive piece of your mind.
You have the Washington number. Here’s a link to all of them.
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