Earlier this afternoon, about 250 people hand-delivered letters to Representative Tom Allen's Exchange Street office, calling for Allen to vote for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The letters, written by the Maine Campaign to Impeach, included these key points:
· Bush lied to Congress to start a war without legitimate reasons
· Bush administration has committed illegal torture throughout the world
· Bush administration has detained American citizens without charges or counsel
· Bush administration has illegally wiretapped American citizens
Allen staffers had the unenviable task of receiving each and every paper individually, and in some cases listening to a small speech. Allen himself is out of town.
An extremely informal survey suggested that the activists calling for impeachment would not support Allen in his Senate race against Susan Collins in 2008. One protest organizer, the energetic Deborah Gordon, said she would prefer to vote for a third party candidate -- or not to vote at all -- than cast her support for Allen.