Tomorrow you have two chances to get active in the call for a real investigation of Charles Taylor's principles. In Asheville, CREW will be presenting a comprehensive argument for a House Ethics investigation on Tuesday morning within shouting distance of Taylor's office. And Tuesday night Operation Democracy will be at Asheville's Grove Arcade to dog Charles Taylor's fraudulent claims of fiscal conservatism at a meeting of the Citizens Against Government Waste..
Keep reading for the information on each event. The CREW event is at 10am on the steps of City Hall. The CAGW event is at the Grove Arcade at 6pm. Please try to attend one or the other.
ASHEVILLE – On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group will be joined by Tom Coulson of Common Cause and Democracy North Carolina, Grant Millin of Public Fuel Cell, Inc. and Gordon Smith, an Asheville-area citizen journalist and activist at Vance Memorial at 10:00 am to discuss:
- The House Ethics Complaint against Rep. Charles Taylor drafted by CREW;
- A letter to the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility asking for a probe into the Blue Ridge Savings and Loan investigation, which did not include the questioning of Rep. Taylor;
- A call for strong ethics and lobbying legislation in Congress, similar to the successful reform passed this past session in North Carolina; and
- Recent allegations of Rep. Taylor’s abuse of his position on the Appropriations committee.
WHO: Naomi Seligman Steiner, Deputy Director of CREW,
Tom Coulson, representing Common Cause North Carolina and Democracy NC
Grant Millin, president of Public Fuel Cell, Inc., coordinator of the Committee to Investigate Charles Taylor
Gordon Smith, citizen journalist for BlogAsheville and local activist
WHAT: News Conference to announce actions against Rep. Charles Taylor and demand reform
WHERE: Vance Memorial at Pack Square, Asheville
WHEN: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 10:00 AM
And Here's the Operation Democracy Event:
Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. various political leaders from around the state will be attending a benefit for the Teapot Museum in the Arts and Heritage Gallery in the Grove Arcade. In its "Congressional Pig Book," the Washington-based coalition of Citizens Against Government Waste singled out the Sparta museum as one of its 14 "Oinkers of 2006," giving it the "Tempest in a Teapot" award.
There are rumors that First Lady Mary Easley, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) and our own Chainsaw Charlie will make appearances. Whether Taylor shows or not, this is a great opportunity to steal their press and highlight Taylor's ties to corruption in D.C. We will be gathering on the west entrance to Grove Arcade at 5:30 p.m. to pass out leaflets and there will be big red hands ["caught red handed"], signs, and [information] for all those who attend.
I hope to see you there!