November 28, 2005
more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in
truth?...We don't need to be afraid to use the word impeachment. It is
the process that was set up. It's not a bad word. It stands for
accountability. It is the system of justice in our political
systemůThere's nothing radical in that."
no congressional incumbent has yet introduced articles of impeachment
or a resolution of inquiry into grounds for impeachment of Bush and
Cheney, numerous 2006 candidates are committed to doing so. I know
because they're contacting ImpeachPAC, a political action committee I
work for which was recently created to support pro-impeachment
Today ImpeachPAC announced its first endorsement,
that of Tony Trupiano, Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan's
11th District. Tony has already been endorsed by Progressive Democrats
of America (PDA) and by the Michigan Teamsters Union Joint Council 43.
He'll be challenging Republican incumbent Thaddeus McCotter, a
pro-Bush, pro-war, pro-wealth Republican who seems to spend much of his
time on such substantive matters as "defending the Pledge of
Tony Trupiano has had a national radio audience for
over a decade as host of the Tony Trupiano Show, through which he has
developed a powerful voice on behalf of working people. It's no
surprise that unions have begun endorsing him a year before the
Tony held a "Take Back the House" rally last Monday.
It was the first event of his campaign, and "the best part," he said
when I spoke to him on Saturday, "was the Q & A." One of the
questions that someone asked Tony was what three pieces of legislation
would be the first he would introduce.
The first that Tony
named was a bill to restore value to the federal minimum wage. He never
got to the third, because the second issue he named received such a
huge response that the conversation took a new turn. That second issue
"The crowd went crazy," Tony said, "I mean the
crowd absolutely went nuts. Some people who are consulting for the
campaign said they cringed when I said impeachment, but when they saw
how the crowd reacted they breathed easier. You know, we shouldn't be
afraid of impeachment. Impeachment is there for a reason. If the
President has not lied to us, if he is innocent of all of these
charges, give us a chance to investigate. Impeachment is a non-partisan
idea. It is the way to hold the government accountable."
the current Congress, Trupiano said, "They have blindly let this man
lead, and he has led us into disaster. It is time we had the truth!"
told Tony that his words were music to my ears. But, I said, I'd spoken
to some Democratic candidates who said they could not support
impeachment because they need to appeal to moderates. Before I could
suggest my own rather lame response to that position, Tony spoke up
with a better one.
"Let me address that," he said. "What is
more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in
truth? Common-sense, middle-of-the-road people are not ambivalent. That
candidates would say that is an insult to their constituents. We're not
after the President, we're after the truth."
"What Bill Clinton
did was dead wrong," Tony continued. "Should he have been impeached? We
can debate that up and down, but it's already happened. But, you know,
it did not result in thousands killed and billions of dollars wasted,
and for what? That does not make what Bill Clinton did right, but this
administration has been given pass after pass. Shame on Democratic
candidates for assuming their constituents wouldn't want the truth.
Shame on them for saying they won't demand the truth because it will
make people uncomfortable. What kind of leadership is that? If I don't
get elected because I demand the truth and demand to save lives and tax
dollars, then don't elect me. I'm ready to take that hit."
if he thinks he will win, Tony says, "Absolutely, I believe I will win.
I may not win by a landslide, but I will win this district. I will
bring a common sense voice back to Congress. And I don't plan to
represent just this district, but to represent all the people of this
The endorsement by PDA is "huge," Trupiano said. "Tim
Carpenter, the executive director of PDA, is one of the most passionate
Democrats I know, a smart guy who cares about so many issues. PDA is
unashamed to do what they want. Why should we be afraid to be who we
are?" The Teamsters, too, Trupiano said, "are unafraid. Their
endorsement is an affirmation of the work I've done in the first 44
years of my life."
Tony is leaving his radio show in order to
campaign fulltime. "When the incumbent is financed by Tom Delay and the
Republican Party and doesn't need individual donors," he said, "I need
to do what I'm doing, building an infrastructure and raising the money
needed to win. I will be making him wear every mistake he's made and
showing that he offers no leadership. I will be showing people what
real leadership is."
Trupiano expects to win the backing of
independents and Republicans as well as Democrats. Moderates are angry,
he says, and some of the angriest voters are Republican. "When you help
pick the winner and he disappoints, it's very upsetting. How would you
like to be a Republican who voted for this guy [Bush] and have to wear
that now? That's not easy stuff. That's like when a parent or a spouse
disappoints you. You feel like you're stuck.
conservatives are abandoning this guy. The best estimates say that 37%
is the number for George Bush's base. At a 34 percent approval rating,
there's cannibalism, they're leaderless, there's no rudder. You've
heard that he is not on good terms with the Vice President, that he's
only talking to a handful of people. This administration is imploding.
Mark my word, the people in the White House will not all be there in
2008. Where does the Valerie Plame scandal lead? How long will it be
before impeachment is something the media is forced to talk about? What
about the Vice President's secret energy meetings? All of a sudden
everybody's waking up and realizing there's truth to what the Democrats
have been saying for a while.
"We don't need to be afraid to use
the word impeachment. It is the process that was set up. It's not a bad
word. It stands for accountability. It is the system of justice in our
political system. Hey, maybe the guy's innocent ľ just give us a chance
to find out. There's nothing radical in that. That's not a left leaning
"I have a public record that I can't walk away from. For
11 years I've been on the radio demanding truth. I can't become a
candidate and walk away from the foundation of what I've done. All I'm
saying is don't deny us due process. Stop insulting the American
mentality. We just want the truth. Don't you think we deserve the
truth? I'm tired of losing. I'm tired of losing as a Democrat. I'm
tired of losing as the middle class. I'm tired of losing lives in a
part of the world we have no business being in. I'm going to do
whatever it takes to win this damn thing."
Tony Trupiano for Congress: http://www.tony4congress2006.com
Tony's blog on impeachment: http://www.tony4congress2006.com/blogs
The Tony Trupiano Show: http://www.thetonyshow.com/
This article: http://www.impeachpac.org/?q=node/49
David Swanson is the Washington Director of ImpeachPAC.org.
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DAVID SWANSON is a co-founder of After Downing Street, a writer and activist, and the Washington Director of Democrats.com. He is a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, and serves on the Executive Council of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, TNG-CWA. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including Press Secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, Media Coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as Communications Coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Swanson obtained a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1997.