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Coloradans Ask Musgrave to Follow Through with About-Face on Iraq

August 28, 2007

A rally today in Greeley will call on Representative Marilyn Musgrave to back up her about-face on the war last week with actual votes in Congress. Coloradans will join others across the country in “taking a stand” against continuing the Iraq war and demand to know whether Representative Musgrave will support them. After staunchly supporting the war for years, Musgrave said last week that she is ‘discouraged’ with the situation in Iraq and predicted that a troop reduction will be announced soon.

Jane Feustel, with Colorado Progressive Action, hopes the congresswoman gets the rallyers' message.

"Obviously, her admitting that it is going badly is the first step, and we’re just hoping that this will encourage her to follow through with those words in September with her votes."

Feustel says many of Musgrave’s constituents will be among the crowd at Greeley’s Lincoln Park and will walk past her office. She says the campaign also plans to keep the heat on Musgrave in coming weeks.

"We'll be asking people to pledge to what we’re calling ‘Marilyn Mondays’ and having them call her every single Monday until Congress passes, and Bush signs, an order to bring the troops home. Up until this point her votes have been rubber-stamp votes for Bush and this policy of endless war. Our group needs to have a consistent, organized, clear presence that she just cannot deny."

Musgrave said she thinks a full withdrawal will result in a “blood bath,” but added that the “American people get their way,” and troop reduction is inevitable. Three Democrats have announced plans to challenge Musgrave in next year’s election; all of whom have criticized her long-standing support for the war.

Eric Mack/David Law, Public News Service - CO