OSSINING - Anti-war activist Don DeBar, fresh from a meeting last night between US anti-war activists and Iranian President Ahmindinijad, announced today that he will wage a write-in campaign against Rep. Nita Lowey (D-18) on an anti-war platform. DeBar attended the conference as a part of a delegation led by former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA).
"Aside from murdering thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis and Pakistanis, the Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration before it, is squandering hundreds of billions of dollars that are desperately needed for jobs, schools, health care and housing and foreclosure assistance," he said, adding "Lowey has been signing on to every military supplemental for these wars since they began."
DeBar went to Lowey's office on March 18, 2003, a day before the "Shock and Awe" attack on Baghdad, attempting to show her evidence that the Bush Administration had misrepresented the cause of the war - alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Lowey refused to discuss the evidence, instead spending the time DeBar sat in her office posing for a photo in front of a giant US flag while granting a magazine interview laying out her support for the invasion.
"We have it on videotape - Lowey refused to hear us," said DeBar, "and it turns out we were right, and now thousands of lives, and nearly a trillion dollars, have been lost."
DeBar pointed out that the new voting machines introduced in this month's primary election, whatever their flaws, did carry one benefit - making write-in voting easy to do. "Formerly, write-in voting was incredibly difficult to accomplish - but despite this, I got 10% of the vote for mayor in 2000 as a write-in candidate," he said. "With the new system, it actually possible for write-in candidates to get elected," he added.
DeBar listed his campaign's priorities, promising that, "if elected, I will refuse to fund the war machine any further, and will move to spend the money instead on the needs of the American people - actual development of actual jobs here in New York, single-payer health care, foreclosure prevention that actually prevents foreclosures, housing assistance that actually provides housing and aid to schools that actually educate our children," he said.
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