I got a telephone call from State Senator Lou Correa today.Ã‚Â He asked me to keep the conversation between the two of us and to not post it on TheLiberalOC.com, but he agreed that I had every right to share his reasoning if I chose to do so.
The back-story: State Senator Lou Correa voted against SJR1, which was a resolution opposing the escalation of a troop surge in Iraq.Ã‚Â The vote was 9 days ago, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been calling daily since then trying to get an explanation of the vote.
Correa said that his Ã¢â‚¬Å“noÃ¢â‚¬Â vote was a straight-forward thing.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“This resolution missed the mark,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t send the wrong message to our soldiers over there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Until Congress makes the decision to bring home our troops, Correa thinks that we should do all that we can to support themÃ¢â‚¬â€and opposing BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s troop surge, in CorreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eyes, is not supportive.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are you going to be calling 250,000 people to tell them what made you vote Ã¢â‚¬ËœnoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on SJR1?Ã¢â‚¬Â I asked, referring to the number of voters that are registered in the 34th State Senate District.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I actually represent more that 850,000 people, Mr. Lawson.Ã‚Â Thanks for the call,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said before hanging up.
Correa said that he has no intention of releasing a press statement; he will just be calling back the individuals that have called him.Ã‚Â I think that it sounds like a waste of the SenatorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s timeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦but if you would like to have more information about why Correa voted Ã¢â‚¬Å“noÃ¢â‚¬Â on SJR1, give him a ring at (916)651-4034.