Stand Up to the NRA and Support Your Nominee for Surgeon General

To: President Obama and Senate Democrats

Great news! After more than 120,000 activists signed the petition and more than 1,400 called key Senate offices, the Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as our next surgeon general by a vote of 51-43 on Monday, December 15.

Stand Up to the NRA and Support Your Nominee for Surgeon General
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Campaign created by Robert Blanchard

You must stand together and fight the misguided attempt by the gun lobby to prevent the nominee for Surgeon General from confirmation.

Why is this important?

According to the New York Times, the National Rifle Association has mounted an outrageous campaign to torpedo President Obama’s nomination of an outstanding young doctor to be the next surgeon general of the United States because of his attitudes on gun control.

The sad part is, the campaign is causing some nervous Democrats whose votes may be needed for Senate confirmation to consider breaking with the president to bolster their own chances for re-election in states where the gun lobby is powerful.

The nominee is Dr. Vivek Murthy, an internist, who has impeccable credentials for the job. He currently works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an outstanding teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, where he also teaches. He started a software technology company to improve the efficiency of clinical trials around the world and currently is president of Doctors for America, the successor to Doctors for Obama, whose 16,000 members support the health care reforms and access to affordable health care.

As president, you have the constitutional right to name your executive team. There is nothing in Dr. Murthy's background to suggest he would violate his pledge not to use the office to advocate for gun control. Instead of knuckling under to the gun lobby’s unfair attacks against Dr. Murthy, you, Mr. President and Senate Democratic leaders should defend him vigorously and get him confirmed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/us/senate-balks-at-obama-pick-for-surgeon-general.html

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