New Need to Impeach Ad Urges Rep. Richard Neal to Support Impeachment Hearings
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feb. 4, 2019)—Today, Need to Impeach will begin airing a new broadcast television ad in Springfield, MA that targets Rep. Richard Neal (MA-01) and urges his constituents to contact his office to show their support for impeachment. The ad calls on Neal to use his power as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to subpoena Donald Trump’s tax returns — which Trump has refused to make public — and vote to start impeachment proceedings immediately.
The 30-second ad — which can be seen here — is the first phase of a new Need to Impeach initiative aimed at organizing millions of impeachment supporters across the country, with an emphasis on those residing in districts held by U.S. House members who chair key investigative and oversight committees. In addition to the new ad, Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer will host a town hall in Springfield on Feb. 12 to talk about the urgency for Neal and members of Congress to act quickly on Trump’s removal from office. Need to Impeach will also be going door-to-door in Neal’s district to show there is strong support for impeachment from his constituents, and reaching out to the more than 20,000 people in his district who have already signed on to support impeachment.
“The American people need to know what Trump is hiding and Rep. Neal has the power to help uncover the truth,” said Steyer. “We need Rep. Neal and other members of Congress to step up and uphold their constitutional duty to protect our country by removing the biggest threat we face as a nation — Donald Trump’s presidency. No one is above the law, and members of Congress need to hold this dangerous president accountable for his reckless and lawless behavior.”
As part of the launch, Need to Impeach polled voters in Neal’s district, finding that 85 percent of Democratic primary voters strongly favor impeachment. Voters in his district feel strongly about this issue, with 72 percent saying his reluctance to use his authority to subpoena Trump’s tax returns makes them less likely to vote for him and 90 percent saying they would be less likely to vote for Neal in 2020 if he continues to oppose impeachment.
Last week, Need to Impeach brought together about 300 impeachment supporters for a two-day summit that concluded with participants hand delivering Articles of Impeachment to members of Congress. During the Summit, Steyer also announced the new initiative targeting Democratic House leaders, starting with Neal, Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and Elijah Cummings (MD-07). In those targeted districts, the new initiative will include a dedicated paid staff person, door-to-door canvassing, a comprehensive media campaign that includes TV, digital, and direct mail, and town halls.
Steyer launched Need to Impeach on October 20, 2017, with an initial $40 million investment to raise the voices of people across the country who were angered by Trump’s presidency and policies. Last month, Steyer committed an additional $40 million in 2019 toward impeaching Trump.
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