WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Grimm, a New York Republican, is sending out fundraising emails based on his decision to switch from supporting President Obama's Syria plan to opposing it.
Grimm's campaign list sent out the fundraising call on Thursday with the subject line "Oppose Military Action in Syria."
Today, I decided to withdraw my support from President Obama's proposal for a military strike against Syria. I have heard from many of you in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and it is clear to me that their is strong opposition to the strike. As your voice in Washington, I will continue to listen and take a stand for you.
Will you stand with me in opposing President Obama's plan with a donation of $25 or more right now?
When President Obama first announced his plan for strikes against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons, my first reaction as a Marine combat veteran was to support immediate, targeted strikes. I now believe that the opportunity for such action has passed.
President Obama has failed to show strength at this critical moment in time. While the debate in Congress continues, our nation's credibility grows weaker and weaker. After much deliberation and prayer, I have decided to withdraw my support. I do not feel that our country has enough to gain by moving forward with this attack.
Stand with me today with a donation of $25 or more to strongly oppose military action in Syria.
Thank you for your support,
Grimm's website also included a fundraising page that has since been altered:
The page still exists on his website with "oppose action" in the URL, but references to Syria have been taken out of the page itself.
"The email was intended to be a message to supporters informing them of the congressman's withdrawal of support for a strike on Syria," said Carol Danko, Grimm's press secretary. "The dollar ask was included automatically by the vendor, and was never approved by the congressman. He is furious over this inappropriate inclusion and has taken appropriate actions to ensure that this careless error never happens again."
Danko said the page had also been an error. "It was part of the vendor's error in including fundraising links and changing the page and they corrected the error," she said.
Rosie Gray is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Gray reports on politics and foreign policy.
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