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Report from a Republican's District in Virginia
This morning a group of eight citizens from Fauquier County, Virginia were cordially greeted by their Congressman, Rep. Frank Wolf (Republican - Virginia’s 10th Congressional District). We were made comfortable in his Capitol Hill office and invited to let him know our concerns. One member of his staff also sat in on the meeting.
Rep. Wolf had been invited to attend an AfterDowningStreet house party in Warrenton, VA last Saturday evening but he declined to attend or to provide a statement to be read. His scheduler did invite us to meet with him in his office whenever we would like, and since the August recess starts next week, we took the opportunity to meet with him today.
Rep. Wolf indicated that he had not read the Downing Street Minutes and had not heard of HR 375, Rep. Barbara Lee’s Resolution of Inquiry. He agreed to read the minutes of the July 23, 2002 meeting. Regarding the Resolution of Inquiry, he volunteered that he would not likely be co-sponsoring or signing it. He explained that there are certain legislators whose names on a bill indicate that the bill has no chance to pass. Thus he dismissed the resolution without having read it.
One of our group asked if he would offer his own Resolution of Inquiry since all we are looking for is the truth about what happened prior to the middle of October, 2002 between the US and the UK. He did not offer to prepare his own resolution.
We thanked Rep. Wolf for the work he has done on terrorism and on issues such as Darfur and asked that he once again assert his leadership and represent us by supporting an inquiry into how we got into the war in Iraq. We reminded him that people’s concern is growing daily as more and more documents are uncovered and statements of fact are revealed as falsehoods.
Since Rep. Wolf was not willing to act on the issues we took to him other than to read the Minutes and the Resolution of Inquiry, we invited him to a town hall meeting in Warrenton to at least continue the dialogue. We explained that there were many citizens just like us who would like to talk with him, and that there were surely citizens who took very different positions from ours who would also like to hear from him. He said that he would not be coming to a town hall meeting organized by us because he regularly schedules such meetings right in Warrenton and the next such meeting would be open to us.
Once again he told us that his door is open and we are welcome to make an appointment whenever we desire to do so. I have left a message with his scheduler for a September appointment.