MoveOn ad roils officials in Washington

09/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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As Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified on Capitol Hill for a second consecutive day, Congressional Republicans kept the heat on Democrats regarding a newspaper ad published in the New York Times yesterday.

The ad disparaging Petraeus was from the liberal internet advocacy group MoveOn.org. The ad alleged that Petraeus would not give his honest, professional assessment of the situation on the ground in Iraq, but instead would be "cooking the books" to gain favor with the White House.

This morning, Texas Sen. John Cornyn attempted to ad an amendment to the Senate transportation appropriations bill that would have repudiated what he called the "vile and disgusting" language of the MoveOn ad.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the measure was a way for Democrats to restore their reputation.

However, Democrats were able to get the amendment removed from the bill. Cornyn promised to bring his proposal to the Senate floor next week as a resolution.

Former Tampa area Democratic Congressman Jim Davis says the assault on Democrats for the MoveOn ad is a favorite tactic by the GOP.

Davis said the problem for all members of Congress on Capitol Hill is judging the accuracy of the testimony from Petraeus and Crocker.

Despite the criticism by Republicans and the conservative media, MoveOn.Org is not backing down. Today the group sent out a mass e-mail to its members which began: “Yesterday, General David Petraeus misled the country.”

The mailing went on to say that Petraeus “used faulty statistics and cherry-picked intelligence to argue that American troops should stay in Iraq for the foreseeable future.”

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