Senator Anderson Declines Invite to Luncheon with Pres. of Mexico – Cites Mexico’s Incarceration of Marine
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris was at the Tuesday luncheon honoring Mexico’s President Peña Nieto hosted by Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown. Attorney General Harris also attended Monday’s state address by President Nieto hosted by the California Legislature.
State Capitol – Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) declined an invitation to a luncheon held this past Tuesday in Sacramento by Governor Brown to honor President Peña Nieto of Mexico in protest of Mexico’s imprisonment of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.For more than five months, Mexico has held Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a U.S. Marine who served two combat tours in Afghanistan, in a Mexican federal penitentiary without bail. According to Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who suffers from combat-related PTSD, he was beaten by guards in the prison until he felt his jaw go out of place.
“I do not have an appetite for foreign officials who deny US citizens their basic human rights,” said Senator Anderson. “I am concerned that our military would feel betrayed if it appeared we condoned the harsh and unfair treatment of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.”
“I decline this invitation in solidarity with my fellow San Diegan, Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, and join millions of Americans in calling for increased pressure on President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Governor Brown to demand his release.”