Sep 4, 2010
Sholley Lashes Out at Barney Frank for Voting Against the Amber Alert System
The Effectiveness of the Amber Alert System.
Sholley For Congress
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2010
"Amber's Story" which ran on Lifetime on Thursday evening is a tragic one. Amber Hagerman was 9 years old when she was abducted and later found murdered in Arlington Texas in 1996. The "Amber Alert" Law is a government-run tracking system named after Amber Hagerman that targets child kidnappers, molesters, and pornographers, and provides matching grants to states and communities for equipment and training for the network which distributes information about kidnapped children and their abductors quickly, through radio and television broadcasts and electronic highway signs.
"Amber Alert" is responsible for the safe return of thirteen children in Massachusetts alone. Our children are our future, and our duty as citizens and elected representatives, is to put into place legislation that aids in keeping them safe.
Barney Frank voted against the "Amber Alert" Bill on April 10, 2003. He was not only the only member of the Massachusetts Delegation to do so, but he was only one of 25 congressmen out of 435 to vote against it. The vote was 400-25 in the House, and 98-0 in the Senate. He said at the time, that he voted against it because of Republican amendments to the bill.
He said that he couldn't support such stringent proposals from Republicans because "the penalties were too severe for child pornographers and pedophiles." Too severe!
Barney Frank has a history of voting against the values and priorities of the people in the 4th Congressional District, and he's severely out of touch with family values by voting in a way that would put all of our children at risk.
I can promise the citizens of the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District, that, if elected, I will work toward protecting the most vulnerable citizens of the Commonwealth - our children.
Republican Congressional Candidate
MA 4th Congressional District