Rep. W.C. (Dan) Daniel (D-Va.) has issued a scathing denunciation of the Washington court that overturned the law he sponsored to block an avowed communist from participating in a federally funded jobs program.
Daniel reacted to a decision by U.S. District Judge Barrington D. Parker, who late last week voided a measure aimed at barring Dorothy (Dori) Blitz of Martinsville, Va., and other advocates of violent revolution from qualifying for the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act program (CETA).
Martinsville is in Virginia's 5th Congressional District, which is represented by Daniel, a former American Legion national commander.
"Since this case was heard in the U.S. District Court here in Washington, the opinion came as no surprise," Daniel said.
"Such courts have a history of coddling criminals and revolutionaries. It is also worthy of note that, at a time when the federal courts are claiming that their backlog of cases slows justice and frustrates decision-making, this case was heard in record time and the decision came without delay.
"I intend to urge the Justice Department to appeal this . . . "
In Martinsville, the 36-year-old Blitz, a member of the Communist Workers Party, said she would apply promptly for readmission to a CETA bricklayer-training program, which she had left during a pregnancy. Previously she said she believes the U.S. government will someday be overthrown.