Dear MoveOn member,
Chuck Grassley, the Republican from Iowa who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has made the choice to hold no hearings and have no vote on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.
Because of his unprecedented obstruction, he's facing his toughest re-election campaign ever this November, and a major new poll shows that his approval ratings back home are "tumbling."1,2
If Chairman Grassley relents to salvage his job, it'll create a domino effect. Other rank-and-file Republicans, who also are feeling the heat, will join him to end their obstruction.
That's why we've launched a powerful ad, a billboard, and a hard-hitting social media campaign featuring Iowans who have voted—and even volunteered—for the senator. These prior supporters are saying openly and plainly that they've lost their respect for Grassley and won't vote for him, because he's playing politics with the Supreme Court. Chairman Grassley has already been forced to respond to these comments, so we know our strategy is working.3
Can you chip in $3 to help us keep the pressure on Chairman Grassley and end the Republican blockade of the Supreme Court?
Chairman Grassley could end his party’s reckless Supreme Court obstruction in a minute. But he won’t budge until he has proof that choosing party loyalty over his constituents will cost him his re-election. And that's where our campaign comes in.
At our news conference in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jack L. from Cedar Rapids explained that his family has supported Sen. Grassley since his first election to Congress more than four decades ago and that he volunteered on the senator's campaigns in high school even before he could vote. But he said that he feels "betrayed" by Sen. Grassley and will not vote for him in November.
Jack is one of a delegation of Iowans we're bringing to Washington, D.C., this week to confront Chairman Grassley directly and to tell their stories to the national media.
But we need your help to ensure that Sen. Grassley sees and hears these courageous Iowans wherever he goes. And that means flooding social media, putting their stories in every newspaper in Iowa, organizing events at his offices in Iowa, flying them to Washington, D.C., and more.
Chairman Grassley is feeling enormous pressure. He even called out MoveOn in an email asking his campaign donors for help.4
But we can't let up. There's just so much at stake—every day that goes by without a confirmed Supreme Court nominee is another day of Citizens United on the books, of more women attempting "self abortions" because their states have forced women's health centers to close, and so much more.5
We must force Senate Republicans to end their obstruction of the Supreme Court. Will you help us keep the pressure up by chipping in $3 now?
Thanks for all you do.
—Jo, Manny, Justin R., Emily, and the rest of the team
1. "Poll: Supreme Court blockade eroding support for Grassley," Politico, May 2, 2016
2. Tweet by Jason Noble, April 22, 2016
3. "MoveOn.org Political Action campaign takes aim at Sen. Chuck Grassley," CBS 2 and Fox 28, May 3, 2016
4. Email from Anne Roth, Grassley Deputy Campaign Manager, to campaign supporters, April 22, 2016
5. "Up to 240,000 Women Have Tried to Give Themselves Abortions in Texas," Mother Jones, November 17, 2015
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