Senators Call for GSA Chief's Head

23 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Senators Call for GSA Chief's Head</h1><p>April 23 (EIRNS)--As part of the wave of challenges to the Bush-Cheney regime, Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called April 23 for General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan to resign. They also released a letter addressed to Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, signed by 25 Senators, asking the White House to answer specific questions about whether inappropriate political activity may have taken place elsewhere in the Executive Branch. The Executive Branch is not an extension of the Republican National Committee, the letter stated, nor of any political party. Those who treat it as such must be held accountable.</p><p>The letter, a photocopy of which appears on www.talkingpointsmemo.com, noted that at a January 26 meeting of political appointees at the GSA, Doan asked all present to consider how they could use the GSA "to help our candidates" in 2008.</p><p>The letter also noted that Deputy White Political Director J. Scott Jennings, who joined the January meeting on government property, on government time, and presented federal employees with a Powerpoint presentation that outlined Republican political goals for the 2008 elections. Other GSA employees joined in from government buildings around the country via a government-owned videoconferencing system.</p><p>The Senators said that "ongoing investigations will determine whether Mr. Jennings, Ms. Doan, and other Administration officials violated the Hatch Act, which strictly regulates the use of taxpayer funds for partisan political activity."</p></div></body>