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'Stop Alito' Petitions Circulating

Susan Jones | Senior Editor | Tuesday, November 1, 2005

'Stop Alito' Petitions Circulating

(CNSNews.com) - A liberal advocacy group that opposes conservatives in general and the Bush administration in particular is launching a "Stop Alito" campaign.

"[Judge Samuel] Alito is a notoriously right-wing judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He has consistently ruled to strip basic protections from workers, women, minorities and the disabled in favor of unchecked power for corporations and special interests," MoveOn.org said on its website.

The group's political action arm wants to gather 250,000 signatures in 48 hours on an "emergency petition" urging the Senate to "stand up for all of us" by rejecting Alito's nomination.

MoveOn's political action committee says President Bush's "rock-bottom approval ratings and the scandals engulfing virtually every Republican leader have broken the spell of the right-wing spin machine," giving liberals the "power" to stop a "radical" nominee.

"If we can gather 250,000 signatures in the next 48 hours, it will make a powerful first impression in the media, and the Senate. We can show that ordinary Americans will not let a failing president sacrifice the Supreme Court, and all the rights it protects, in a political game."

MoveOn.org calls the Supreme Court the last chance at justice for millions of Americans. But some conservatives complain that the Supreme Court has become the last chance for survival of the liberal agenda.

People for the American Way and the Alliance for Justice also have launched petition drives urging senators to defeat Alito's nomination, MoveOn.org noted.

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