By Bridget Johnson -The Hill
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), addressing a convention of liberal bloggers and activists Saturday evening, implored the left to fight to stay in power in the midterm elections.
â€œIf Republicans take back Congress theyâ€™ll implement a truly dangerous agenda,â€ Franken told the Netroots Nation gathering in Las Vegas. â€œEverything is on the table, from repealing healthcare reform to privatizing Social Security.â€
Franken singled out two Republican Senate nominees: Rand Paul in Kentucky, for his questioning of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Sharron Angle in Nevada, â€œwho canâ€™t stop bringing up the prospect of armed revolt.â€
Franken warned that Joe Barton, who apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward in an oil spill hearing, would become chairman of the House Energy committee should Republicans take back control of the House, and said â€œDarrell Issa is promising to double his staff and embark on a witch-hunt in the hopes of bringing down the Obama administration.â€ Being in the majority, Democrats currently have twice as many staff as Republicans on the Oversight Committee.
Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel, responded to Frankenâ€™s charges in a late-night e-mail statement.
â€œObviously, Senator Franken is reading from the same misguided playbook that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and shares her belief that a Democratic Congress should give this administration immunity from legitimate questions and appropriate accountability,â€ Issa wrote. â€œTheir statements are indicative of the desperate state their Majority is in and if the best case they can make is to caution the American people against the dangers of conducting legitimate and vigorous oversight, they is welcome to make that case.
â€œThe fact of the matter is oversight should be done vigorously and effectively â€” even if it raises uncomfortable questions for the Obama White House and Democratic congressional leaders.â€
Franken said he understood frustration among the left that not all agenda items were being pushed with the vigor theyâ€™d like, but told the activists â€œno matter how frustrated you are, you canâ€™t check out now.â€
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