2018 Midterm Elections

Our position, and ‘our’ candidate, Andy Kim's position on impeachment

I have spent my career in service to the American people. I’ve sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution three times in my life, which is why it’s with a heavy heart that I make this announcement.

I believe the Commander in Chief role is the most sacred responsibility of the Presidency, and it is the last place where partisan politics belongs. 

We hold this highest of standards because we know the incredible power of that singular office. It is a power that has the potential for doing incredible good, but if corrupted, it weakens America’s national security, international standing and the framework of our very Democracy.   

President Trump has violated that sacred trust by urging the Ukranian government to take action against his political opposition. If reports of these dangerous and unconstitutional actions are confirmed, it would show a complete disregard for our Democratic institutions and the responsibilities inherent in being our Commander-in-Chief. This act, along with its ramifications, has led me to conclude that the President has committed an impeachable offense.

I will continue to work to ensure the values of our Constitution are upheld and the truth is fairly pursued.

Thanks, 

Andy

Our position, and ‘our’ candidate, Mikie Sherrill’s position on impeachment

When we at Marching Forward gathered together, our goal was to Turn the House Blue. We carefully selected four nearby house districts to work on. And we were effective, helping to win three of those four hotly contested races. I don’t think we imagined then what impact that might have. Well, one of “our” candidates, NJ11 Freshman Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, co-authored with six other freshman veterans from moderate districts a Washington Post Op Ed a few days ago saying that there are allegations that President Trump "may have used his position to pressure a foreign country into investigating a political opponent, and he sought to use U.S. taxpayer dollars as leverage to do it.”

They continued, "If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense.” This Op Ed was the turning point for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support the beginning of impeachment proceedings. Why do Mikie Sherrill, a lowly freshman from N.J. and her six freshman colleagues carry so much weight? All of us at Marching Forward who went to New Jersey and worked alongside her know. It is her background of public service. It is her leadership skills forged at the Naval Academy and sharpened in those helicopter flights in Iraq. It is the commitment to root out evil fro her time in the U.S. Attorney’s office. And it is her ability to understand the needs of everyday people that comes from her family and her diverse working class moderate district. She got there with our help and she is making a huge difference.

John Bullard

Our position, and ‘our’ candidate, Jared Golden’s position on impeachment

My statement on new reports of misconduct contained in an Intelligence Community whistle-blower complaint:


"The willingness of the President to legitimize or even entertain the involvement of foreign entities in domestic affairs is of grave concern. As I stated about the findings of the Mueller investigation, we are seeing in this administration a fundamental failure to put the interests of the country ahead of political gain. I believe it is important to be honest that there has been a growing cancer among the Washington establishment for far too long that has enabled foreign interests to seep into our politics. But to be clear: the president’s statements and reported actions raise novel and serious questions about his commitment to putting the good of the country before his own interests. I believe that any leader of this nation, at any level of government, who actively seeks to involve foreign entities in American politics, especially in our campaigns and elections, is betraying the good faith of the American people.

“We are a nation of laws, and it would be dangerous to ignore the importance of process in making political decisions. Congress has a duty to seek out and carefully examine all of the available evidence before taking action. The more serious the matter at hand, the more important that principle is. A whistle-blower complaint has been filed by a member of our nation’s Intelligence Community. What we know about its content is primarily based on speculation and anonymous media sources. Congress must acquire all of the facts. That is why Congress must insist upon receiving full access to the whistle-blower’s complaint.

From Jared Golden, ME02: “The law is clear: the Acting Director of National Intelligence (ADNI) must forward the whistle-blower’s complaint to both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Intelligence Committee members from both parties must have an opportunity to fully examine the information. The ADNI must also ensure that the whistle-blower is protected against retaliation by the White House. This isn’t negotiable—it’s the law. The House of Representatives must take every action necessary to combat this administration’s stonewalling of the rule of law. Ensuring that the Intelligence Committees receive the full text of the whistle-blower’s complaint is a necessary first step."

Patti Garrahy