|Congressman Faleomavaega is pleased to announce that
a son of Samoa Mr. Dwayne Johnson or “The Rock” as he is admirably known
by over 24 million wrestling fans around the world was at the Capitol to
encourage young people to register and vote in the next election.
The national campaign billed as “Smackdown Your Vote” is a non-partisan
voter registration drive cosponsored by the National Association of Secretaries
of State, Project Vote Smart, Youth Vote 2000 and the World Wrestling Federation
"As a fellow Samoan, I am so proud of The Rock and what he is doing
to get the younger generation interested in the political process,” Congressman
Faleomavaega said. “I cannot think of anyone better suited to deliver
this important message to the young people of our country as The Rock.”
Upon receiving word on the event at the Capitol, Congressman Faleomavaega
quickly sent a personal message to his colleagues on the Hill and their
staffs urging them to join him at the event. Faleomavaega also sent
the same message to members of the Samoan community in the DC area.
Among the few that were able to attend is Mr. Malo M. Tauoa from Faga’itua
village, a Petty Officer and recruiter for the U.S. Navy in the Washington,
The Rock took advantage of the event at the Nation’s capital to
renew the WWF challenge and offer to candidates for President, Vice-President
Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush to appear together on the WWF Smackdown
and speak for five minutes each to the youth of America. Information
recently released by the WWF indicates that it has registered more than
40,000 new voters since the appearances by WWF Superstars, The Rock and
Chyna, at the Democratic and Republican conventions.
“I strongly urge everyone, especially our youth in American Samoa,
to follow the example and challenge made by The Rock and register to vote
in November,” concluded Faleomavaega.
Congressman Faleomavaega and The Rock during a Congressional reception
on the Hill for the Smackdown Your Vote campaign. They are flanked
by Ms. Temanuata (Tema) Hunkin, daughter of Faleomavaega, and Mr. Malo
Tauoa, son of Maugaoti’a and Sosefina Tauoa of Faga’itua, American Samoa.