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Thursday, 29 November 2007 07:42

In 2004, ALL presidential candidates answered 80-20's questionnaire with ALL Yeses except for Al Sharpton and George Bush. However, this year, only Senators Biden, Dodd and Gravel have replied with all Yeses. The Iowa Caucus is coming up on Jan. 3, 2008. We must hustle and put on pressure. That is where YOU come in, because 80-20 is only as strong as you are.

Just as the UAW targeted G.M. to negotiate a labor contract first, 80-20 will focus on Senator Clinton first. To contact 12 other remaining candidates now will take too much of your time without being effective.

Fax a strong message to Senator Clinton via 703-962-8600. Copy me in, if you like via sbw@80-20.us or 1-800 877-1676 -fax. Use your own words. Please include the following central message:

   Dear Senator Clinton:


    Please answer 80-20's questionnaire with all Yeses. Otherwise, I'll ask all my friends and relatives to vote against you in Iowa, New Hampshire and the California Democratic Primary.

   Name:
   Address:
   Title (optional, specify "for Identification only").

   We chose to focus on Hillary's campaign for four good reasons.


1.) She has raised the most money from our community while indirectly, at least, caused Asian Americans the worst image problems. In 2007, it was Norman Hsu and Chinatown, NY. In 1996, it was John Huang, Johnny Chung, Charlie Trie, Yogesh K. Gandhi, Robert S. Lee and Pauline Kanchanalak. Indeed, they all got in trouble with the law, because they raised money for her.


2.) She has the endorsement of most Asian-American elected officials. Nevertheless, when "nearly all co-chairs contacted the campaign about the (80- 20) questionnaire" (the above is an exact quote from the Hillary campaign), she didn't comply by replying satisfactorily. Support should be a two-way street. Senator Clinton just takes from us.


3.) Hillary wants to break the gender-glass ceiling by asking us to elect her as the first-woman President. However, she is not willing to help Asian Americans break the lowest by far glass ceiling at the workplace for the management level. What is good for the goose should be good for gander.


4.) According to an Asian-American elected official, the Hillary campaign thinks she already has Asian-American support. Does the campaign think all Asian Americans are suckers like Norman Hsu and John Huang?

Is Senator Clinton just using Asian Americans? She had used Asian Americans to fundraise for her and to endorse her. All she is willing to give back to us is her sweet words signifying nothing? Does she have the courage to stand up for America's core value – equal opportunity?

Her attitude towards Asian Americans is an outrage. Tell her that you will not be used by her. We will get our equal opportunity, when we show some backbone. We are counting on you!

Best regards,

S. B. Woo
Executive Committee member and Founding President, 80-20 PAC, Inc.
Lt. Governor of Delaware (1985-89)

PS: When a candidate who answers with "6 Yeses" becomes our President, our equal opportunity in workplaces, presently being badly trampled upon, will be guaranteed. In addition, the number of Asian-American Federal judges will be tripled -- a big advance in equal justice for us. To view our questionnaire and its rationale, visit
http://www.80-20initiative.net/news/preselect2008.asp Thanks again.

The 80-20 is highly political but truly NON-partisan. It is equally tough on both Democrats and Republicans when they fail to share our concern about achieving equal opportunity.

 



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