Oppose Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy

Donald Trump has nominated former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, as Secretary of Energy. Perry is unfit to head the Department of Energy—not only due to his opposition to the very existence of the Department—but also his lack of knowledge of the Department’s work and responsibilities.

Sample Call Dialogue

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know the Senator’s position on the nomination of Governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy? 

OPTION 1: HAS STATED SUPPORT FOR THE NOMINATION OR HAS NOT TAKEN A POSITION

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator Bob supports the nomination of Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.

    or

    Senator Bob has not yet decided whether to support or oppose Rick Perry’s nomination.
     

    Caller: That’s unacceptable.

    Governor Perry has supported the elimination of the Department of Energy. Plus, until his nomination, Perry has failed to show even a basic understanding of the primary function of the Department. Maintaining our nuclear stockpile and overseeing nuclear proliferation efforts is far too important of a task for an unqualified political appointee.

    Staffer: Cabinet appointments are at the discretion of the president, and Senator Bob respects that tradition. Senator Bob believes it is high time that President Trump’s nominees were in place.

    Caller: As one of Senator Bob’s constituents, I believe that the head of of the Department of Energy should know what it does and have some interest in seeing it succeed in achieving its goals. Governor Perry has neither of those. Plus, Governor Perry has strongly opposed the Iran Deal, a major milestone in international cooperation and worldwide nuclear proliferation. I fear, as Secretary of Energy, he will support President Trump in undoing or renegotiating the deal.

    Will Senator Bob commit to voting no on the confirmation of Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy?

    Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator.

    Caller: Thank you. I will be watching to see what the Senator does on this issue.

OPTION 2: HAS STATED OPPOSITION TO THE NOMINATION

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! Senator Bob opposes the nomination of Governor Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy.

    Caller: That’s great! As one of Senator Bob’s constituents, I believe that the head of of the Department of Energy should know what it does and have some interest in seeing it succeed in achieving its goals. Governor Perry has neither of those. if Senator Bob shares my belief that Rick Perry is unfit for the position, then he should fight any effort to undo the nuclear nonproliferation agreements that keep Americans safe, including the Iran Deal. Will Senator Bob commit to voting against any attempt to undo the Iran Deal?