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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE October 3, 2000


Congressman Eni 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 Entertainment, Inc. (WWF).

"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 D.C. 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, D.C. area.

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 the opportunity 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.

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