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Peace Groups: WV Representative a “Missing Person” on Iraq

September 10, 2007

Charleston, WV – Peace activists say a West Virginia congressional representative is a "missing person" when it comes to Iraq. Paul Sheridan, with West Virginia Patriots for Peace, says Representative Shirley Moore Capito, a supporter of the Iraq war effort, should hold a public town hall discussion on the war. Sheridan says she's turned down repeated requests during the summer Congressional recess.

"We have been urging her to have public meetings about the war, to have public conversation with her constituents. We think that's an appropriate thing for a Congressional representative to be doing."

Sheridan says Representative Capito and other war supporters are isolated from a growing tide of public opinion, calling for troops to come home sooner rather than later.

"These subjects are far too important to not be willing to engage in open and public dialogue. That's how government ought to work."

Capito's office has pointed to a busy schedule, which included a visit to Iraq in August. She says American troops need to stay in Iraq until the Iraqi government is able to provide its own security.

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WV