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August 17, 2002
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Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630 or by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>Orton praises Rohrabacher for tentative support of Flag-&-Pledge Amendment concept
(ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- A Democratic state legislative candidate who happens also to be the author of a proposed 20-word Constitutional amendment to protect the nation's flag and pledge welcomed a tentative sign of support from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach).
"It is welcome news that Congressman Rohrabacher indicated in a constituent mailer that he would support a Constitutional Amendment to protect the Pledge if the courts don't take care of the issue," said state Assembly candidate Bill Orton (D-Seal Beach).
Rohrabacher, in his summer 2002 "Washington Update" sent to residents of the 46th congressional district, wasted no time bashing the Ninth Circuit Court before adding that, "Congress is ready to offer an amendment to the Constitution that would protect the expression 'under God' in our Pledge."
Orton's proposed amendment would give Congress the power to pass a "Can't-Burn-the-Flag" law and a Pledge law.
The proposed Flag-&-Plege Amendment reads, "No portion of this Constitution shall preclude Congress from passing legislation to adopt or protect a national flag or pledge."
"It's got to be both," said Orton, "because when you're saying one, you are looking at the other."
Orton approached Rohrabacher at a Midway City Chamber of Commerce picnic on July 3rd and, with Westminster Mayor Margie Rice, urged that the Congressman introduce the Flag-&-Pledge Amendment. Rice held up a tee-shirt to Rohrabacher showing the wording of the amendment in two-inch lettering.
In the time since, Orton has sent letters to Rohrabacher and every other member of the House and the Senate, urging the introduction of the amendment.
"While the Congressman's comments are a good tentative first step," said Orton, "I would hope that Members of Congress introduce a Flag-&-Pledge Amendment straight out of the box when they go back to work after the election."
Orton is running in the 67th state Assembly district, which covers ten cities in west Orange County. He is up against freshman lawmaker Tom Harman.
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