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While the Obama administration tries to lasso House and Senate members for an attack on Syria, there’s one person they won’t have to worry about swaying: District Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who doesn’t have a vote. If she did, though, they’d face an uphill push to get her support.
“At the moment if they said, ‘Eleanor you can vote, and today you can vote,’ I’d have to vote no,” Norton says.
Norton, Mayor Vince Gray, and D.C. statehood advocates met this morning at the D.C. World War I Memorial to protest Norton’s lack of a vote on war resolutions. She pegged her hypothetical vote against attacking Syria to a Rumsfeldian concern about “unknowns,” including questions about why Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons and whether the U.S. will have allies in an attack.
“I am extremely worried that we are alone, essentially,” Norton says.
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