Maine delegation "flooded with calls" about Syria

8:06 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- As members of Congress weigh whether to vote for or against military action in Syria their offices are being flooded with calls from constituents.

Rep. Chellie Pingree's office has received more than one thousand calls and emails. According to her office, 98% of those calls are against military action in Syria. Communications Director Willy Ritch says he's never seen an issue with such one sided opinions. As of now, Rep. Pingree says she is leaning towards voting against military intervention in Syria.

The numbers are similar for Sen. Angus King. King says he's mindful of those opinions from the people he serves as he wrestles with what he calls the most difficult decision he's faced in public service.

According to Sen. King the question he's asking is, "is there more risk to our national interest in doing nothing or more risk in taking action?"

Sen. King and Senator Susan Collins say they haven't decided which way they will vote. Both have deep reservations about involving the U.S. in Syria but say they will continue to listen to arguments and evidence on both sides.

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