Oklahoma Rep. Sullivan Reply Fail #1

Sometimes you have have to hit them twice just to get their attention.

John Sullivan

I posted the following on 2011 June 25 at 3:15pm CDST at https://sullivan.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/Default.aspx, to our congressman, John Sullivan:

Dear Representative Sullivan:

A number of Republican congressmen voted against HR2278, including some conservative stalwarts. Please, sir, many of us are wondering about your own reasoning in voting as you did. I suspect you're hearing from a few other constituents about this. Perhaps there's a statement posted online that I missed?

Thank you,
Don Tyler

I received the following email reply in some HTML-like format which my email reader would not display, but was able to pull out the following:

June 28, 2011

Dear Mr. Tyler,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts regarding the situation in Libya. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, on March 19, 2011 Operation Odyssey Dawn was launched to enforce the United Nations-approved no-fly zone over Libya. U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces have targeted the Muammar Qadhafi regime's air defense systems, command and control structures and other capabilities of Qadhafi's armed forces used to attack civilians and civilian populated areas. I believe that Libya's leader, Muammar Qadhafi, must resign from power. He is a dictator and a human rights violator. On March 30, 2011, the U.S. transferred the command of all military operations to NATO.

The American people take the use of military action seriously, as does the House of Representatives. I am disappointed that President Obama did not consult with Congress before his decision to deploy the combat the men and women of our Armed Forces. Should legislation regarding the U.S. military interests in Libya come before me on the House floor, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to support the hard working= men and women in uniform who are serving our country overseas. My thoughts and prayers are with all our nation's military as they continue their mission. I know all Oklahomans are proud of these hard working men and women and= are thankful for the sacrifices both they and their families make on a daily basis to defend our freedom in the Global War on Terror.

Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to serve you= in Washington and Oklahoma. If you would like more information on issues, or would like to share your thoughts with me via e-mail, you may visit= my website at http://sullivan.house.gov/. Please do not hesitate to contact me again should you have further concerns on federal legislation or programs.

John Sullivan

Boilerplate non-response! I will be sending a follow-up letter now. Watch this space.