Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement urging Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and all Democratic Senators, to vote against the confirmation of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State:
“The Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls on California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, as well as all other Democratic Senators, to vote ‘No’ on the Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. We must do all we can to prevent this atrocious appointment, which if confirmed will result in our country having the first Secretary of State in its history with no diplomatic experience.
“With Congress launching bi-partisan investigations into Russia’s interference and influence over last year’s Presidential campaign, it is a terrible idea to tap someone who’s biggest international achievement is to have received the Russian ‘Order of Friendship,’ – the highest honor Russia can give to a non-Russian person – to become the next Secretary of State. The connection Tillerson has with Putin and Russia, mostly through his oil dealings as CEO of ExxonMobil, is a glaring conflict of interest that sets off major red flags for most Americans.
“If that weren’t enough, Tillerson used ExxonMobil to continuously lie to the public about the effects of fossil fuels on climate change, all the while wreaking havoc on our planet. Rex Tillerson’s inexperience and his conflicts demand us to urge a ‘No’ vote from all United States Senators.”