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TeamTudor has never had a clearer path to victory in November. Yesterday was the deadline for qualifying to run for federal offices. I and four Conservatives qualified to run for the open seat in Florida’s 12th Congressional district. In a surprise move, though, Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson filed to run as the candidate of the TEA Party.

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Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 06:43 PM PST

Happy Holidays and Our Future

by Doug Tudor

As we head into the holiday season, I am remindful of the many blessings my family and I have enjoyed over the past year.  Good health, sound employment, and a bright future grace my family, and I hope that you are equally blessed.

In my opinion, this is the hope of America.  No matter the circumstances faced by any individual or group of individuals, America always has a brighter tomorrow.  Now let me be very clear, that brighter future is not assured by destiny or by any sort of magic quotient.  It is assured by the sheer determination and guts of Americans themselves.  In other words, America works, its institutions work, and we have 200 years of experience which show they work.

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Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 08:39 PM PST

One Year Later

by Doug Tudor

Friends,

One year ago tonight, I had very mixed emotions. On the one hand, I was elated that America had elected Barack Obama as President, and I was proud of the part my campaigning had played in that victory. On the other hand, my own campaign for Congress had fallen short.

The next day, I sent a note to my supporters and posted a blog which congratulated America for rejecting fear, for embracing hope, and for choosing progress. After ten months of the Obama Administration, I have full confidence that America made the right decision. We must continue the great strides President Obama has made to fix our economy, to correct our foreign policy, and to reverse the damage conservatives did to America.

I thought you might enjoy reading my election night blog from last year. This will absolutely, positively be the last time I look at the 2008 election. With an open seat in Florida's 12th Congressional District before us, we have to concentrate on 2010 and moving our great country forward.

Please join with us now to finish the work we began in 2008. Please Contribute Now at www.teamtudor.org

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Wed Oct 07, 2009 at 08:23 PM PDT

Eight Years Later

by Doug Tudor

After eight years of combat operations in Afghanistan, "The Graveyard of Empires," America needs to have a national conversation on our future in that hostile, unyielding country. To begin the conversation, I believe one point needs to be very clear: we were never supposed to go to war in Afghanistan. Instead, we were supposed to go into Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and kill or capture (K/C) the leadership of al Qaida. We succeeded at the first objective and partially succeeded at the second.

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Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:28 AM PDT

Birthday Reflections

by Doug Tudor

Friends,

Today is my 47th birthday.  Nowadays for me, birthdays are less a time for celebration, but more of a time for reflection.  This one seems to be especially so.

I’ve often heard the axiom that once you are called to serve, you cannot do anything but serve.  I know this to be as true as anything I have ever learned.  There have been many times during my decades of service, both in and out of uniform, where I became disheartened, disoriented, and disenchanted.  Nevertheless, I knew I had to shake it off and get back to business.

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Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 07:01 PM PDT

Remembering America's Senator

by Doug Tudor

As the entire world now knows, Senator Edward Kennedy has lost his fight to brain cancer.

There have been, and will still be, millions of words written about America’s Senator, and I would be remiss not to add my own thoughts.

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Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 03:59 AM PDT

Moral Courage

by Doug Tudor

Our elected representatives in Washington have departed the capital for their August recess, and they have chosen to not pass legislation reforming our nation’s healthcare system.  There are many reasons for their lack of action, most of which are propagated by conservative Republican and Democratic obstructionists, who are receiving enormous amounts of lobbyist money and spreading irrational fear regarding a public option.

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Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 05:19 PM PDT

Healthcare Up Close and Personal

by Doug Tudor

It seems there are times when the scope of a challenge is so large, a solution seems indescribable.  One way to deal with these enormities is to reduce the scope to a personal example.

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Friends,

A lot has happened since I last visited with you.  First and foremost, we had an election.  The election of President Barack Obama has given our nation a new beginning.  We, once again, can claim to be the last, best hope for this world.  I am so proud to have run as a candidate for the U.S. House in 2008, and to have been able to help Senator Obama become President Obama.

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Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 07:48 PM PDT

FL-12:  Help Me Defeat Adam Putnam

by Doug Tudor

For the first time in his political career, Adam Putnam has a fight on his hands.  The residents of FL-12 have embraced my candidacy, and with your help, we can pull off the biggest upset of the entire election.

My name is Doug Tudor, and I am asking for your help.  A friend of our campaign who posts diaries under the handle "hungrycoyote" has shown me the power of the blogosphere, and, together, we can finally prove our overall worth to the Democratic Party.

Read on to see how you can help by making one phone call.

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