As Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto prepares to be honored at a luncheon hosted by California Gov. Jerry Brown, at least one of the state’s elected officials will be noticeably absent.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly sent a pointed letter to Brown expressing his disapproval of the upcoming luncheon and explaining what he will be doing instead of attending it.
“I am writing to decline your luncheon invitation,” he wrote, “and to express my deep disappointment that you would entertain the President of a nation that is holding an active-duty US Marine captive.”
Referring to Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, Donnelly chided Brown for his failure to use his public voice to call for the return of the California native.
Tahmooressi was arrested and imprisoned earlier this year after he reportedly took a wrong turn into Mexico while in possession of legally owned firearms and ammunition. A subsequent effort by many Americans, including Donnelly, to facilitate his return has thus far been unsuccessful.
The assemblyman previously sent Barack Obama a letter asking him to intervene on behalf of Tahmooressi and has taken part in a number of other related events, including an Independence Day prayer vigil near the Mexico border.
Donnelly’s next effort to bring the Marine sergeant home is outlined in his letter to Brown.
“I know that my absence may distress you,” he wrote, “but it may comfort you to know that I’ll be standing outside leading a protest, doing the job you should have done as the highest elected official in California: demanding the release of one of our one, our Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.”
He accused Brown of being “too tired” to fight for the American hero, claiming he has used his energy “fighting for the rights of the only constituents you truly represent, elitists, illegals, and public sector union bosses.”
Details of the protest are available on a Facebook page inviting concerned citizens to join in the effort on Aug. 26.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
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