Campaign '08, Congress

Space PAC endorses Lampson and Giffords

The Committee for the Advocacy of Space Exploration, which was established a couple months ago as a PAC “devoted to the promotion of a robust American space program”, has issued its first endorsements of the 2008 campaign. The group has formally endorsed the reelection of Reps. Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), both members of the House Science and Technology Committee.

In its statement, the committee noted that both Lampson and his Republican opponent, Pete Olson, are strong supporters of space. however, the fact that Lampson is in line to take over as chairman of the space subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee gave him the edge because he “will be in a much stronger position to positively influence space policy than Olson would be.” Giffords, a freshman perhaps best known as being the wife of NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, is also “a champion of the space program”, in the words of the committee; moreover, her opponent, Tim Bee, “has not demonstrated any particular interest in space exploration as an issue”.

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