"Pink Slips for Congress" Campaign Hits Dem and GOP Offices

(CBS/AP)
A conservative Web site announced yesterday it has sent millions of "pink slips" to members of Congress, conveying citizens' dissatisfaction with certain legislative activity and the country's current anti-incumbent mood.

Conservative site WorldNetDaily is running a campaign to send members of Congress a "pink slip" warning that if they vote for "government health care," "cap and trade," "hate crimes," or "any more spending," their "real pink slip will be issued in the next election." Since September, WorldNetDaily has offered to send pink slips to all 535 members of Congress on behalf of readers for a price of $29.95.

The organizers of the campaign held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that it had sent out 5 million pink slips. The press conference, held on Capitol Hill, was attended by Republican politicians including Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).

"This is part of the reason... why we haven't seen this legislation on health care come through earlier," said Bachmann, who received the pink slips along with all other congressmen. "People are shocked that 5 million people have taken the time and the money ... to send these pink slips."

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah has effectively run other conservative campaigns, such as the "birther" movement questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States, which appears to ignore the evidence that the president was born in Hawaii.

A number of surveys have shown the public is unhappy with how Congress is performing. Yesterday's CBS News poll showed that even though most people are in favor of certain ideas for health care reform like a "public option," voters still disapprove of the Democrats' overall reform package. The dissatisfaction crossed party lines: both Democrats and Republicans received very low marks for their handling of the issue of health care.

In a recent Pew Research Center poll, only 34 percent of respondents said most current members of Congress should be re-elected.

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