Friday, July 21, 2006

Bobby Kennedy, Jr. endorses John Hall

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., announced today his endorsement of Democratic Congressional candidate John Hall in the upcoming primary and general elections here in the 19th District of New York.

Bobby says:

“John Hall is a leader in the fight for social and economic justice, and a tireless advocate for environmental protection,” Mr. Kennedy said in a statement issued this afternoon. “He has shown a true commitment to the values that make our democracy strong, and while others can talk about their plans for the future, John's actions and achievements over the years, as well as his core beliefs and vision for the road ahead, ensure that he will be the strong voice we need in Washington, DC."

The Journal News has a nice piece on this endorsement. Originally Bobby was said to be endorsing another candidate in the race but he changed his mind because John Hall has the best chance of winning and has the right positions on the war and Indian Point. I am so glad to see that Bobby Kennedy is endorsing John Hall. Bobby is an environmentalist and also a member of the Board of Riverkeeper.

You can view John Hall's proposal for closing Indian Point here in his 30 page report and his stance on the war starting with the withdrawal of troops from Iraq as soon as possible, with the mission to be turned over to a "true multinational force."

Bree Hocking at Roll Call has written a great article about John Hall. You will need a subscription to this, but here is a small piece of what she wrote:

Chatting with Hall, it's quickly apparent that he's thought long and hard about a range of issues from renewable energy — a key member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, Hall, a longtime anti-nuclear activist, helped organize the legendary "No Nukes" concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979 and even penned a song, "Power," about alternative energy — to the need for universal health care.

Hall makes no secret of his liberal politics. He favors the "safe and orderly" withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and supports an impeachment investigation of President Bush.

"There have been a number of instances where this president, I believe, has at least come close to violating [his] oaths or breaking the law, in particular the sale of this war to the American people," he said.

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