Ohio Democrat renounces vote on 'torture bill' Nelson silent

06/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Ohio Freshman Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown confessed yesterday that he had made a mistake when he voted for The Military Commission Act last fall – also known as the Torture Bill. The bill also did away with habeus corpus for detainees.

Brown was running against GOP incumbent Mike DeWine in a tight race for Senate- a race ultimately won by The Democrat . Considered one of the most progressive members of Congress, Brown stunned observers in Ohio and across the country with that vote.

But yesterday morning on the Young Turks Radio Broadcast heard on Air America, Sherrod Brown told host Cenk Uygur this (roll tape# 1o.q.”change the vote”)

One Senate Democrat also up for re-election last year who also voted against the majority of his party on the Military Commission Act last October was Florida’s Bill Nelson.

In addition, earlier this month Senator Nelson cast the decisive vote AGAINST a measure that would have halted funding of the CIA’s Secret interrogation Program.

At the time, Nelson said,” I don't want to bar the use of appropriated funds or limit a future president's decisions with an Army field manual that is designed for the military and not the intelligence community, "

The day after that vote last year, WMNF attempted to speak with Senator Nelson on why he voted this way. He failed to return that phone, or subsequent ones in the following weeks.

Brian Moore is a peace activist who ran as an independent against Bill Nelson for the Senate last year. He said he’s not surprised by Nelson’s votes (roll tape#2 o.q.”being one party”)

There was much excitement among liberals last fall after the Democrats took back both houses of Congress for the first time in 12 years. But much of that excitement has disippated. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll found Congress’ rankings actually below President Bush – at just 23% support…The same poll also found that only 41% of those surveyed said they would vote to re-elect their member of Congress.

Again, activist Brian Moore (roll tape#3 o.q.”accountable for it”)

WMNF again attempted to leave a message with Senator Nelson’s office asking for more clarification on his vote earlier this month. However we were were unsuccessful.

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