For Immediate Release
March 7, 2004
To Whom It May Concern
I have been given to understand that persons have been circulating about the capitol building during the present legislative session representing that the Southern Heritage Political Action Committee (SHPAC) has endorsed House Resolution 1442.
If this impression has been left, permit me to correct it. As president of SHPAC I can say without hesitation that I have not been approached by anyone concerning this resolution. At no meeting of the SHPAC board since the legislative session began has the subject of H.R. 1442 been raised. We have not voted on or even discussed this resolution.
Therefore, any representation or implication that SHPAC endorses or supports this resolution is simply false.
Furthermore, my personal review of the resolution raises a number of issues of concern.
Most important is the feeling that this resolution - not a bill - is introduced merely to provide political cover for some members of the legislature who dismally failed to provide a fair vote on the State Flag referendum just completed.
The most important goal of the united Heritage community, as expressed at our press conference of March 3, 2004, is securing a fair vote leading to the restoration of 1956 Veterans’ Memorial flag. This resolution does nothing to seeking such a vote; indeed, it may even prove a stumbling block.
H.R. 1442 seems completely to miss the point. We do not accept it as a replacement for a fair flag vote.
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