Council Announces Endorsement of Sen. Frank Lautenberg for Re-Election: Iraq War Position Important Factor

Washington, D.C. – Council for a Livable World today announced its endorsement of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Lautenberg is facing a primary challenge from Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ), who enthusiastically supported the Iraq War.

For decades, Council for a Livable World has been endorsing and raising money for Senate and House candidates who favor sensible national security policies.

The Council favors the reduction and eventual elimination of weapons of mass destruction, an increased emphasis on preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and a speedy end to U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

In the 2005 – 2006 election cycle, its supporters contributed $1.5 million to progressive congressional candidates.

"From the early days of the Iraq War, Senator Lautenberg stood strong as a vocal critic of the President's actions," said John H. Johns, Brig Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.), a member of the Council's board of directors. "Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Congressman Andrews, who not only helped President Bush pass the Iraq War Resolution, but joined with Republicans to block efforts to hold the Administration accountable and bring our troops home."

"Since entering the United States Senate, Senator Lautenberg has been an enthusiastic supporter of important measures to end the nuclear arms race and promoter of smarter national security policies," said John Isaacs, the Council's executive director.

"Over the course of their careers, the contrast between Lautenberg and Andrews has been clear," continued Isaacs. Sen. Lautenberg averages an excellent 90% on the Council for a Livable World's annual voting scorecard, while Rep. Andrews has managed an average of only 50%.

"Council for a Livable World believes that it is important to re-elect New Jersey's Senator for his effectiveness and his commitment to arms control," concluded Isaacs.