Saturday, September 17, 2005

fwd: From the Office of Senator Evan Bayh

Approximately two weeks ago I sent a respectful letter to both United States Senators from Indiana -- Democrat Evan Bayh and Republican Richard Lugar -- voicing my desire that they simply support a fair up-or-down confirmation vote of Chief Justice nominee John Roberts. I didn't suggest how they should vote, I merely asked them to support a fair vote.Senator Lugar's office responded quite quickly by mail with an open declaration of support for Judge Roberts. Here is the non-committal response I received from Senator Bayh's office:

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 15:03:00 -0500
Subject: From the Office of Senator Evan Bayh

September 16, 2005


Thank you for contacting me regarding President Bush's recent nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice to the United States Supreme Court. I appreciate your thoughts and concerns on this issue. Please be assured that I take my duty to give advice and consent on Presidential appointments very seriously, and will carefully review this nominee. I look forward to learning more about Judge Roberts during his confirmation hearings which begin September 12, 2005.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I hope the information I have provided is helpful. My website,, can provide additional details about legislation and state projects, and you can also sign up to receive my monthly e-newsletter, The Bayh Bulletin, by clicking on the link at the top of my homepage. I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you.

Best wishes,

Evan Bayh
United States Senator

-----End of Message-----

Am I the only one that considers that a lame excuse for a response? It sounds like he's more concerned with driving hits to his website than addressing my concerns. He didn't even address the issue of an up-or-down vote, only that he would "carefully review this nominee." And did you notice that the FROM address is a NO REPLY address. In fact, if you email Mr. Bayh at his Senate email address, you receive an auto-reply that your comments have not been received because you didn't use the webform on his website to submit.

Senator Bayh, I too can "carefully review" before supporting a candidate with my vote. I take my responsibility to send my representatives to Washington very seriously, as well, and I will vote accordingly.

Fellow Voter, I encourage you to do the same.


Sent from my Palm Zire 72.

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