Today the DNC and Organizing for America are going to deliver some pressure John McCain regarding his opposition to DADT repeal. The Arizona Senator has flirted with the idea of a filibuster when the vote comes up in the chamber in September, and so an email is going out across his state, using the enormous list of OFA. Kerry Eleveld for the Advocate:

The email notes that the full House and the Senate Armed Services Committee have already approved repeal, but says McCain is now “standing in the way” and urges voters to call his office in support of repeal.

“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ isn’t about politics — it’s about discrimination. And when Republicans defend discrimination of any kind, they need to know that their constituents are watching and ready to respond,” states the email. “Call Sen. McCain at 602-952-2410 now and tell him Arizona supports the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”

…DADT repeal is attached to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to be considered shortly after the Senate returns from August recess.

And here is the email:

Friend --

We are closer than ever to bringing an end to the discriminatory policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

In June, the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to repeal the practice -- but now Senator John McCain is standing in the way.

He recently blocked action on the repeal, calling it "a betrayal," "disgraceful," and "purely a political promise."

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" isn't about politics -- it's about discrimination. And when Republicans defend discrimination of any kind, they need to know that their constituents are watching and ready to respond. If we send Sen. McCain a forceful message, we can make him back down.

Call Sen. McCain at 602-952-2410 now and tell him Arizona supports the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Senator McCain has not always been opposed to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Until recently, he claimed to defer to military leaders on the issue. But military leaders support repeal, and McCain is still reversing course.

As the President has said, we must end this practice "because it is the right thing to do." A majority of Americans agree that those who are brave enough to stand up and serve our country deserve to do so openly.

Call Sen. McCain today at 602-952-2410 and tell him to support repeal.

Thank you,

Mitch Stewart

Director

Organizing for America