MoveOn making GOP nervous?

Forget the naked partisanship of this MSNBC blogger and check out the meat: "A democratic group [moveon.org] delivered petitions to the home district offices of 195 GOP members of Congress urging the lawmakers to 'fire' Tom DeLay...And this story would have made my eyes glaze over had it not been for a curious move by the National Republican Campaign Committee [which is] responsible for helping republicans retain their seats in Congress. And today, the NRCC asked the chiefs of staff and press secretaries for every republican member of the House to find out if a moveon.org petition was dropped off in the district office... and if so, to count the number of signatures."



"National political parties don't pay much attention to interest group petitions unless the petitions suggest trouble. So, I called the person behind the NRCC request. Communications director Carl Forti said he sent the survey to every congressional office because of 'total curiosity.' I asked, 'Are you worried that any one petition with several thousand names on it might indicate a problem?' 'No,' said Forti, 'you are talking about left wing activists here.' 'Why then,’ I asked, 'would the NRCC care what moveon.org is up to with this?' Forti replied, 'it's recess week, what else are we going to do?'" (Hardblogger. No, really)

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