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ImpeachPAC Endorses Bill Durston (CA-03)

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2006

ImpeachPAC Endorses Bill Durston (CA-03)

ImpeachPAC, a federal PAC funding pro-impeachment candidates for Congress, endorsed Dr. Bill Durston in his race for California's 3rd Congressional District against rightwing Republican Dan Lungren.

Dr. Durston served in Vietnam with the Marines 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, and he received the Navy Commendation medal for bravery under combat. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has practiced in Sacramento for over 20 years. He was President of the Sacramento chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility from 2003 until this year.

ImpeachPAC has previously endorsed three candidates for the House of Representatives, Michigan's Tony Trupiano, New York's Chris Owens, and California's Jeeni Criscenzo, and two for the Senate, Maine's Jean Hay Bright, and Rhode Island's Carl Sheeler. ImpeachPAC is contributing $5,000, the maximum allowed by law, to each of these campaigns.

Durston's campaign website makes clear his understanding of the importance of impeachment and his determination not to be scared away from it. "Under the U.S. Constitution," he writes, "the House of Representatives has the power to impeach the President and other federal officials. Although the term 'impeachment' is widely misunderstood to mean removal from office, the word 'impeach' really means to bring charges against someone. Once impeached by the House, the President would have to be found guilty of 'treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors' by 2/3 of the Senate before he is actually removed from office. Impeachment is not a radical or extreme measure. The impeachment process is part of the checks and balances built into the U.S. Constitution by the founders of our country. It is a carefully thought out mechanism to provide for the peaceful removal from office of a President who has violated the public trust."

"I believe, Durston continues, "that there is more than sufficient evidence to call for the impeachment of George W. Bush. I believe that he has violated federal law in authorizing domestic spying; that he has violated the U.S. Constitution in denying prisoners the right of habeas corpus and in condoning cruel and unusual punishment; and that he has knowingly misled Congress and the American people into an unnecessary and unjust war. As a U.S. Representative, I will support the impeachment of George W. Bush, including introducing articles of impeachment myself if they are not introduced by another member of the House. "

For more on Durston's positions, visit:

ImpeachPAC President Bob Fertik said of Durston: "It's not easy to take on an incumbent, but political strategies and probabilities change when the President is widely understood to be a criminal. Voters across the country are looking for challengers who will offer honest, fearless proposals for fundamental change and a restoration of the rule of law. The voters in California's third district have, in Bill Durston, the type of candidate who can inspire them to actually vote, the kind of candidate who can achieve an upset. We're honored to have the opportunity to back Durston's campaign."


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