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  •  Is he active duty or reserves/guard now? (1+ / 0-)
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    teloPariah

    Is there any reason he couldn't run now?

    OTOH, he may be more effective for a while as an outside voice, willing to attempt civil disobedience and inspire others.

    •  He's neither (2+ / 0-)
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      DaleA, teloPariah

      he's in limbo, recommended for discharge, with order pending. I suspect the Pentagon is sitting on it, because they recognizing rubber stamping it would cause a political firestorm.

      His biggest hurdle to finding an office, well, A, is he can't while he's still officially in the National Reserve, and he WON'T quit to pursue it.

      And he's a resident of NYC, there isn't a lot of room for him in the NY Democratic lineup.

      Maybe we can send him to the State Senate for one term.

      "I am not guilty, I am not ashamed and I am not finished." --Lt. Dan Choi, 3/19/10

      by Scott Wooledge on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 11:23:35 AM PDT

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      •  He could run (1+ / 0-)
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        teloPariah

        for any NY seat in Congress, not just one from NYC.

        For instance, Arturi (? sp), the guy who voted against HCR.  Love to see him go Or the open seat as a result of Massa's resignation.

        •  You are correct. (1+ / 0-)
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          teloPariah

          but most of the seats where his heroism would resonant with the electorate are already held by strong democrats, if not outright progressive heroes. Carolyn Maloney, our two Senators, Anthony Weiner, Jerry Nadler.

          I have a hard time imagining him managing to turn his DADT heroism into a upset challenge of perennial RW douche Peter King from Long Island.

          Even if he was interested. I doubt he'll turn his attention to elected office before DADT is put to bed.

          "I am not guilty, I am not ashamed and I am not finished." --Lt. Dan Choi, 3/19/10

          by Scott Wooledge on Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 12:02:33 PM PDT

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      •  (L Graham currently in the Reserves) (1+ / 0-)
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        Since 1995, Graham has continued to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is one of only two U.S. Senators currently serving in the Guard or Reserves.
        http://lgraham.senate.gov/...

        •  Yeah (2+ / 0-)
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          sc kitty, teloPariah

          In June 2008, he transferred from active duty Army to the New York National Guard. Choi serves as a National Guardsman with the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, based in Manhattan...

          on June 30, 2009, a panel of New York National Guard officers recommended that Choi be discharged from the military.[7]  The final decision, to be made by the commander of First Army and the chief of the National Guard Bureau, is still pending.

          Wikipedia

          So one might conclude he could run, legally.  But I know nothing about such matters.

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