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(From the diaries -- kos)

Before I begin this post, I'd like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all the men and women who've worn the uniform.  I am in awe of your courage and fortitude.

Now I'd like to take a moment to introduce everyone to the entire contingent of Democratic veterans who are running for the US House of Representatives in 2006.  These men have answered the call to service in more ways than one, and each and every one of them deserves our support in their fight to take back Congress.  

This list comes courtesy of John Lapp and the DCCC.  If there is a veteran running who is not listed, please let me know so I can add them to this post.  I'd also like to say thank you to the D-trip for supporting these candidates.

Ladies and gents, here they are, your Fighting Democrats:

Chris Carney, PA-10:  A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Chris has received several medals honoring his service in multiple tours overseas. He was activated for operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. From late 2003 to August 2004, Chris served as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, focusing on the integration of intelligence in the effort to destroy international terrorist networks. In the last year, Chris served as a Special Consultant on Terrorism and Intelligence Issues to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
bio :: issues :: donate

David Harris, TX-06: Harris enlisted in the Army in 1992 and served in the infantry, receiving his commission as an Infantry Officer after attending Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA in 1994. He was mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and was deployed to Iraq in February, 2003, spending the next 14 months there as a Logistics Officer where he received a Bronze Star. He is now an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Training Officer for the Department of Military Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, and is taking on "Smoky" Joe Barton.
bio :: issues :: donate

Patrick Murphy, PA-08: Murphy is a young attorney who served in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star in February 2004. In Iraq, Captain Murphy advised on offensive operations, initiated reconstruction efforts within the justice system, trained the new Iraqi Civil Defense Corps on the rules of engagement and was instrumental in the prosecution of Sheik Moyad, a radical lieutenant of Muqtada Sadr. At a time when even journalists are having trouble getting the real facts about the war in Iraq, Murphy's knowledge is invaluable.
bio :: issues :: donate

Eric Massa, NY-29: After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, Massa was commissioned as a Naval Officer and went on to spend a total of 24 years on active duty. He served in Desert Storm, and later as Special Assistant to General Wes Clark, in Panama and then when he became Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces. Massa left a position on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, where he spoke his mind on behalf of the troops, to join the presidential campaign of his former boss Wesley Clark.
bio :: issues :: donate

Andrew Duck, MD-06: Duck's distinguished military career has found him as a Platoon Leader of the Joint STARS Platoon in Bosnia, Chief of a Counter-Intelligence Operations Cell, a Commander, and later an Intelligence Liaison Officer and Intelligence Staff Officer in Iraq. Duck is a native of Maryland, one of seventeen children, and has ample business and community experience supplementing his military background.
bio :: issues :: donate

Bryan Lentz, PA-07: In Iraq, Lentz commanded a civil affairs unit responsible for reconstruction in Mosul, following unique and extensive experience in international reconstruction projects with MFO and NATO peacekeeping missions in the Sinai Peninsula and Bosnia. A decorated veteran, he has received the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Bronze Star amongst other commendations.
bio :: issues :: donate

Steve Filson, CA-11: Steve Filson joined the Navy in 1970 and became an Aircraft Carrier Jet pilot. He served his country faithfully and diligently for more than 20 years before retiring from the Navy in 1994. During his service, Filson served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Hancock and USS Ranger, and then continued his military career in the Naval Reserves at Alameda, California.
bio :: issues :: donate

Tim Walz, MN-01: Command Sergeant Major Walz retired from the 1-125th Field Artillery Battalion in the spring of 2005 after 24 years in the Army National Guard. After he was named the Outstanding Young Nebraskan by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce for his service in the education, military, and small business communities, Walz served overseas with his battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
bio :: issues :: donate

Jay Fawcett, CO-5: At seventeen, Jay joined the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as a Cadet with the class of 1977. Upon graduation he went to Navigator training and was selected as a Weapon Systems Officer in the F4 Phantom, serving in fighter squadrons in Korea and Spain. He became Air Liaison Officer for the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, and was deployed into military action in the first Gulf War. Major Fawcett was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in Desert Shield and the initial helicopter assault into Iraq during Desert Storm.
bio :: issues :: donate

Joe Sulzer, OH-18: Joe Sulzer is an Army veteran who volunteered to serve during the Vietnam War from August 1967 to August 1968. He was in Saigon during the Tet Offensive. He has since come back to serve on the city council and later as mayor in Chillicothe, Ohio, as well as a serving as a state representative. He is now taking on the scandal-plagued Republican Bob Ney in his heavily Republican district.
note: site is under construction :: bio :: donate

Tim Dunn, NC-08:  Colonel Tim Dunn has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves since 1994. He recently returned from Iraq and his posting with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, where he helped build the case against Saddam Hussein.  In 1995, Dunn established his own law firm, which concentrates in criminal and military law. The mission in Iraq will need expertise and experience to see it through to the best possible conclusion, and Tim Dunn can bring a strong dose of both to the "People's House."
site is currently under construction, however, you can still donate

Mike Weaver, KY-02. Growing up on values he has summed up as "Family, Faith, and Farm Work," Weaver joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served on a Destroyer Escort for three and a half years as an electronics technician. After marrying his wife, he spent four years in the Army, including a tour in Korea. Weaver has already given Kentucky much to be proud of, but as a Member of Congress would give even more.

bio :: issues

On this Veteran's Day, let's support our troops by sending them to Congress.  I urge everyone to support all of our Fighting Dems, mainly because you know that once they get elected, our Fighting Dems will do everything within their power to make sure their fellow troops are taken care of.

note: images shamelessly stolen from the candidates' websites.  if anyone of the candidates wants them removed from this post, just drop a comment in the thread. also, i could not locate pictures for Andrew Duck, which is why there's no picture next to his entry.  images hosted by imageshack.

update: Alex tells me that there are some other Democrats who didn't make the DTrip list. They are:

David Ashe, VA-02. When the September 11th attacks occurred, David was visiting his family in Virginia Beach. 48 hours after the attacks, David rented a car and made his way to Manhattan. He entered the perimeter with a group of police officers and spent several days at GroundZero searching for survivors with the rest of the "bucket brigades." Two weeks later, David was recalled to active duty. Upon return to active duty, David was assigned as deputy legal counsel to the commanding general of all west coast Marine forces with geographic responsibility for the Middle East. For most of 2002, David was part of Operation Enduring Freedom deployed to Kuwait as sole-legal counsel to the commanding general of a special-purpose coalition task force, working with Czechs, Germans and Kuwaitis. [...] In March 2003, David was deployed again. Within a few weeks, he was attached to an infantry battalion assigned to the Al Muthanna region of Iraq. David was the sole coalition legal representative assigned to restore the judicial system in an area which covered approximately 1/9 of Iraq.

bio :: issues :: donate

Terry Stulce, TN-03. Terry Stulce is a life-long resident of Ooltewah and can trace his ancestry back 5 generations in Hamilton County. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from U.T.K. in 1967 and earned a Master of Science in Social Work in 1974. He served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, one as a Combat Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division (December, 1967 to September, 1968) and one as a Senior Advisor to the 69th and 79th Border Ranger Battalions (November, 1970 to November 1971). In addition to the Combat Infantryman's Badge, he earned the Bronze Star with "V" device for Valor and the Bronze star for Meritorious Services in Ground Combat.

site is under construction, but check out the bio anyway.

Jeff Latas, AZ-08

. Jeff Latas arrived in Arizona in 1978 to attend first Pima College and then the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After a career as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, and after earning a Master's degree in Public Administration, Jeff chose to settle in his beloved southern Arizona for good. A lifelong environmentalist and patriot, Jeff is ready to serve southeastern Arizonans as their representative in Congress.

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John Graham, CA-48. During 1970-74 Graham served as an officer in U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team Eleven in Coronado, CA and the Philippines. From 1974-79 he served in the U.S. Navy Reserves with UDT/Seal Team 119, also based in Coronado. He is currently a Professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

bio :: issues :: donate

John Laesch, IL-14

. Driven by his desire to serve his country, John enlisted in the United States Navy in 1995. In 1996, Laesch graduated at the top of his class as an Intelligence Analyst for the United States Navy and was transferred to the Middle East for the next three years. While stationed in Bahrain, Laesch analyzed terrorist organizations and foreign political and military structures. Before being medically evacuated from the Middle East and honorably discharged, John meritoriously rose 5 ranks within 3 short years. He received numerous citations for his outstanding service to our nation. Following his service in the Navy, Mr. Laesch attended Illinois State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in History and minors in Political Science and Communications.

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Pete Duffy, NH-01. Pete Duffy is a citizen-soldier, community activist, small businessman and a father. His commitment to country is exemplified by his more than 30 years of military experience as a Judge Advocate General officer in the active Army, the Army Reserves and the New Hampshire National Guard—where he recently retired with the rank of Colonel.

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Tom Kovach, PA-18. Tom is "proud to be one of the millions of Americans who has served this country and its defense. I enlisted in the Navy and was trained as a nuclear machinest mate. Most of my career was spent on USS Nimitz minding the tea kettle. That experience, training, and confidence led me to become a fighting Democrat in Pennsylvania's 18th District as I will take that seat away from the do-nothing, rubber stamp of Tim Murphy next November."

bio :: issues :: donate

Jim Brandt, CA-46. Jim served as a Naval aviator in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. As an officer (rank of captain), he was responsible for both aircraft and personnel under the most stressful of circumstances. The competition to become a Naval aviator is intense; only the best are awarded wings. His experience in the Marine Corps gave him a global vision with a lasting appreciation for the importance of making the right decisions and understanding diplomacy.

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Ted Ankrum, TX-10. From his website: "I was Special Assistant to the only Astronaut to ever be Head of NASA; Deputy Chief of Facilities Engineering and Chief of Environmental Compliance at NASA; a Diplomat in Australia; and held other Senior Executive positions at EPA, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. I went from Seaman Recruit to Navy Captain in 15 years of active duty and 15 years of Reserve service. I served four tours in Vietnam, where I was wounded and received medals for valor. I have a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from a Navy scholarship to the U. of Colorado and an MBA from the GI Bill at Loyola. My wife, Ann, and I live in Cypress, Harris County; and two of our four children also live in Congressional District Ten."

bio & issues :: contribute

Charles Brown, CA-04. From his website: "Born in Iowa, I grew up in small farm towns, doing farm work and absorbing strong mid-Western values. I received a Congressional Appointment to the U. S. Air Force Academy and graduated in 1972. As a rescue helicopter pilot based in Thailand at the end of the Vietnam War, I participated in the evacuation of Phnom Penh, and the Mayaguez incident. I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in the Mayaquez incident. [...] I earned a Masters Degree in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle University, hold a California teaching credential and am a certified Red Cross instructor."

bio :: issues :: no contribute link, but you can volunteer

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:53 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  support our troops.... (4.00)
    ...send 'em to congress!

    no tips please, i'd rather see these guys on the recommended list.

    "Democrats: Always standing up for what they later realise they should have believed in." -Jon Stewart, the Daily Show

    by anna on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:39:09 PM PST

  •  great diary (none)
    Fighting Democrats!
  •  I also must give thanks. (4.00)
    Thank you to all of the men and women that have put their lives on the line for the freedoms we all hold dear.  

    It takes a special person to do what these people do, and you can never claim to understand them unless you are one of them.  They deserve all the respect and admiration that we can give them.

    To all that are now, or ever were in the military I thank you with every bone in my body and every beat of my heart.  You are truly what makes America great.

    Now get your asses into congress and show the American people what it really means to be a patriot!!!

    You always have and always will have my support.

  •  Paul Hackett! (4.00)
    Link with speech video.

    Yes it's still a nomination race but he's a Dem, a Vet, a candidate and a darned effective speaker.

    Since the Prez used Veterans' Day to launch his Global War on Democrats, one of our vets should give tomorrow's response to the President's address.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:56:54 PM PST

  •  Support Our Troops-Bring Them Home! (none)

    Josh: You like winning, don't you? Toby: Saves you from having to say the word please.

    by Ranting Roland on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:57:28 PM PST

  •  What about the CURRENT House Dems? (none)
    There are certainly a few that deserve mention, not just the future ones.
    •  yes yes (none)
      the focus of this post is the democratic veterans who are seeking office in 2006.  naturally we also support those who are already in congress.

      "Democrats: Always standing up for what they later realise they should have believed in." -Jon Stewart, the Daily Show

      by anna on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:59:46 PM PST

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  •  oh wow (none)
    thanks markos. i was just fixin' to email you and ask if i left anyone off.

    and thank you to the community for supporting these candidates!

    "Democrats: Always standing up for what they later realise they should have believed in." -Jon Stewart, the Daily Show

    by anna on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:59:09 PM PST

  •  Dems that didn't make the list... (4.00)
    these are some vets who didn't make it onto that list:
    David Ashe for U.S. Congress (Virginia's 2nd CD)
    Terry Stulce for U.S. Congress (Tennessee's 3rd CD)
    Jeff Latas for U.S. Congress (Arizona's 8th CD)
    John Graham for U.S. Congress (California's 48th CD)
    John Laesch for U.S. Congress (Illinois' 14th CD)
  •  Veterans Are Important, But... (none)
    ...Preventing future veterans from coming into existence is even more important.

    Remember, the greatest generation (and their fathers and dead uncles) fought to end war. Not so that "there will always be war" and "war is hell [and like hell, presumably, divine and deserved]."

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 01:03:00 PM PST

  •  Another Addition to the List (none)
    Colonel (ret) Pete Duffy, Army National Guard

    •  Peter Duffy in NH's First District (none)
      This omission by the DCCC is very frustrating. Peter Duffy is a bright, articulate and progressive veteran who could win this seat.  Bush is at 39% approval rating in this district, NH voted for Kerry and elected a Democratic governor in 2004 - kicking out an incumbent first term Republican.
  •  Coolness (none)
    I wouldn't mind seeing some more of these candidates. There's a few states where candidates haven't filed yet (the South from Louisiana on the west to South Carolina on the East, i'm looking at you).

    After the elections on Tuesday, that should be a sign to anybody that the water is nice and if you're a Democrat, you should make a run for office.

    "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

    by RBH on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 01:06:10 PM PST

  •  A NEW ONE: Lewis Katz OH-14 vs. LaTourette!!!! (4.00)
    Yesterday the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Lewis R. Katz is going to challenge incumbent Ohio-14 Rep. Steve LaTourette in 2006.

    Katz is a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  He was my prof. for Criminal Procedure.  He's a longtime champion of civil rights -- he co-wrote an amicus brief in Terry v. Ohio, a Supereme Court case dealing with applicatin of the 4th Amendment to searches of people stopped on the streets.  He has no political experience, but decided to run when he saw the death toll in Iraq approaching 2,000.  He was also angry about LaTourette's stance on Social Security.  I can't say what Lew's chances are, but LaTourette is the scumbag who voted to impeach Clinton, then it turned out he was having an affair himself, with a member of his staff.  He took a page from Newt and told his wife (and mother of their 4 kids) about the affair and that he wanted a divorce over the telephone.  He married his girlfriend last year, and here's a shock: she is now a lobbyist who recently managed to shake loose over $15 million from the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee -- you get one guess as to who is a high-ranking member of that committee.  Maybe, with all of this, LaTourette can be portrayed as just another in the long string of hypocritical, unethical Rethugs.

    Lew Katz is a veteran, although not a combat vet as far as I know.  He served in the Naval Reserves (JAG corps).

  •  No women......not one. (none)
    Pretty sad, they would be the best ones to vote for...a female veteran
  •  Just curious (none)
    I really don't have the stomach to peruse right wing websites, so does anyone know if there are many Iraq vets running as Republicans?


  •  "Fighting Democrats" that's got (none)
    a good ring.  Start spreading it around.
  •  As Frank Barone would say: "Holy Crap!" (none)
    What a roster of candidates. Is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee going to use these candidates to our advantage? I envision a nationwide buy of ads for the 2006 election with all these incredible guys to show the country who constitutes our party.

    Does anyone have any information about who the Republicans have recruited? It seems we've made a concerted effort to reach out to veterans, especially of the Iraq War. Have the GOP?

    •  Someone pointed me to Mother Jones (none)
      Seems the GOP have only gotten two recruits, with one on a suicide mission against Sen. Robert Byrd:

      Another similarity is this: Ashe, Duck, Dunn, Murphy, Lentz, and the others are, like Hackett, Democrats. In total, 10 Democratic vets are running, or considering a run, for Congress. (A few more may declare in the coming weeks.) The Republicans, by contrast, can only commit to two. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the organ of the Party establishment responsible for recruiting and running candidates, explains the phenomenon by citing the failures of Republicans in Washington. "We have a Republican-controlled Congress that has failed to provide for troops returning from Iraq, and failed to provide on promises on health care and services for families," says spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg. "[The vets] are naturally running in an opposite way."

      The Republicans do have two veterans. Hiram Lewis, an officer in the West Virginia Army National Guard, is running for Senate against Robert Byrd in West Virginia. Van Taylor, a Marine Corps major and Harvard Business School grad, is running for the House in Texas. Clearly at a recruiting disadvantage on the issue, the GOP is at pains to play down the significance of the trend. "The difference between us and the Democrats is that Democrats seem to be operating under the assumption that Paul Hackett ran well in Ohio solely because of his military experience," says Ed Patru, spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, the Republican counterpart to the DCCC. "Military experience is great to have, but it doesn't help if you're wrong on the issues."

      But the real worry for Republicans is that the Democratic Party has finally found a fool-proof way of bolstering its military credentials. The party insists it isn't seeking out candidates with military service on their resumes, but Feinberg will admit that "recruiting an Iraq War vet is a perfect example of recruiting a candidate who understands the Iraq War and what the veterans of that war need." The Bronze Star Patrick Murphy won in Iraq is the perfect antidote to the Democratic Party's weak-on-defense woes. Not only does it give them instant credibility on the war, it finally makes their opponents the ones in danger of criticizing the troops.


      •  *Spin Alert* (4.00)
        Buried in the excerpt above is a preview of how the Repugs are going to counter the "Fighting Dems".  Watch for this comment to be repeated ad nauseum in their talking points:

        Ed Patru, spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee, the Republican counterpart to the DCCC [says] "Military experience is great to have, but it doesn't help if you're wrong on the issues."

        Let's get ahead of this spin curve folks. . .  

        "And fortunately, these candidates are right on the issues, and have proven that they put service to their country before service to their pockets."  

        Will that do?

        Reality addict - can't get enough of seeing it all clearly

        by writeout on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 03:29:54 PM PST

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  •  Don't jump on the Filson bandwagon so quickly (none)
    As great as some of these candidates might be, I doubt most of the people at DailyKos would really like Steve Filson.  He's not a fighting Dem in any way that I understand the term.  

    Yes, he served in the Navy.  But is that all we're going to ask of our candidates?  Military service?  

    Steve Filson is self-consciously positioning himself as an Ellen Tauscher clone.  He is a DLC-type candidate who is running on "electability."  Furthermore, he's only one candidate in the primary.  The DCCC is tacitly supporting him in spite of non-existent support for Filson within the district.  

    To me, he represents a lot of what Kos has been railing about regarding the Democratic Party.  So I encourage people to investigate him themselves before jumping on the bandwagon.    

    •  Well. (none)
      Neither Jesus, JFK, nor Ghandi is running against Pombo and I doubt any of them could unseat Pombo. So...hypothetically Tauscher v. Pombo...

      When you say Dick. I say Pombo.

      When we burn the effigy of the "Great Satan"* we make the mold from a Dick.

      * Great is used in reference to the level of Dick's satanic majesty not in reference to our admiration of him. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible, yes, but great.

      •  You missed the point (none)
        I don't doubt that Filson is better than Pombo.  What I do doubt is that he's the best person to get the Democratic nomination to go against Pombo.  There are multiple candidates running in the primary, and it is foolish to get behind Filson in the primary just because he was in the Navy.  Reading the original post you'd think Filson were the Paul Hackett of the East Bay.  He's not.  And Filson represents a lot of things that are antithetical to the Dkos community.  So before everyone simply swoons at the notion of a former Navy pilot taking on Pombo, they might want to investigate what he stands for, how he conducts politics, and what issues he champions or avoids.  I submit that after you look at these factors, Filson is not a Fighting Democrat in any meaningful way.                      
        •  Thankfully (none)
          I live outside Pomboland. So I don't know all of the other candidates running.

          Also, the Diary is about Democrats that are Veterans that are running and is not really an endorsement per se.

          As a Democrat from outside the District of everyone profiled, I am glad that so many Veterans are proud to be Democrats, even if some are to the right of my political preference. I think it is a very strong and positive message for the party as a whole.

          Although I would not vote for them, I would like to see some liberal Republicans run for office too. Under that party's current structure they are forced to run as independents or shunned entirely. This is unfortunate for America.

    •  I met a candidate (none)
      at a Lynn Woolsey event named Jerry McNerney who said he was running against Pombo.  He was not a speaker or anything, but we did have a short conversation and he seemed to be progressive and pretty determined.  Do you know anything about him?
  •  Thanks for doing this (none)
    Earlier this week, Terry Stulce met with Sen. Max Cleland at our annual Kefauver Dinner - Hamilton County Democratic Party fundraiser.  

    Terry was with the 101st Airborne Division and they relieved Max's division in Vietnam.  Both men are the most humble, honest guys you could meet.  Both served and now are seething about the way we went to war, the way we treat our veterans, and the way we are conducting torture and secret prisons.  Both men want a strong military but used only as a defense for our country, not a war to enrich a few elitists.

    These men are leaders, so different from what is in the GOP.  Please visit Terry's site at

  •  Here's another one! (none)
    Please add Jim Brandt, who's running against the despicable Dana Rohrabacher in CA-46.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 01:38:08 PM PST

  •  Carney's opponent (none)
    I don't know how to post a picture, but here is a GREAT graphic on Carney's opponent's recent legal actions.  Maybe someone more tech-savy than me can post it here?

  •  I sent $40 to Paul Fawcett (none)
    This is a goddamn brutal district, but goddamnit we need to challenge these bastards EVERYWHERE.  Colorado needs Paul Fawcett and if support for President Asswipe has fallen to 41% among military family who knows?

    I strongly encourage my fellow Coloradans (and Coloradoans for those of you up in the Fort) to support Paul Fawcett and get in touch with me if you are interested in working with me on a fundraiser for him in the Boulder area.

  •  Add Ted Ankrum (none)
    You missed dKos Diarist Ted Ankrum running in Texas 10.

    tgangle did a Diary on The Year of the Veteran recently. Worth a read.

    Read Ted's Diaries: Iraq same as Vietnam or Soviet Afganistan? Calling for withdrawal; A Democratic Candidate Comes Out On Discrimination against Gays; An Open Letter to the Press on the duty of a Free Press; End Poverty in My Lifetime?

    Ted is standing up for his country once again. He admits he is a newbie but he's working that much harder because of it. He can also use help if your from the area.

    Visit his website and help Ted for Texas

  •  Great to see so many fighting Dems (none)
    ...why no women or minorites? The military has been on the leading edge of promoting worthy women and minorities so it would seem to be a rich harvesting ground to strengthen Dem candidate diversity. Does anyone know why we aren't doing a better at harvesting this potential?

    A big thanks to our vets for their dedication and service as well as to Anna for posting this diary.

    •  One theory of mine (none)
      Various minority veterans are usually in districts which already have Democratic representatives. There's exceptions, but in a lot of urban areas, the Democrats are the ones elected.

      But if any female or minority veterans are randomly reading this post, then I invite them to run for office somewhere.

      "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

      by RBH on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 02:23:00 PM PST

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    •  I forgot to add... (none)
      Karen Marie Otter to the list...
      Her website:
      Her Bio:
      Karen was born and raised in San Diego, California.

      After graduating from high school, Karen enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Pershing Missile Crewman. Assigned to Army units in Oklahoma and Germany, Karen found remarkable the dedication to service of her fellow soldiers. The discipline and training of the Army engrained in Karen a superior work ethic and responsibility to service.

      After leaving the military, Karen worked in increasingly responsible areas of administration and management. She obtained certification as a Community Association Manager. She has extensive experience in management of entities of a governmental nature where budgets are essential and rules and regulations are enacted and enforced.

      Karen Marie Otter is determined, disciplined and dedicated to reforming our government. She believes government restrictions have their place but not in our bedrooms, in our bodies or in our thoughts.

  •  LtCol Charles Brown, USAF (Ret.) (none)
    LtCol Charles Brown, USAF (Ret.), challenging the Republican congressman John Doolittle for the very "red" 4th District, which runs from Roseville to the northeastern corner of California.  

    A Soldier of Peace Launches His Campaign

    Thanks again to tgangle

    Democrats don't just support the troops--THEY ARE THE TROOPS.

    •  You beat me to it... (none)

      His website it here:

      Here's a Veteran's Day statement from his site:

      Veterans' Day comes at a time of escalating violence and dangers for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every day brings news that more of our servicemen and women have been killed or wounded in a war that most Americans now agree should never have started.

      Recently, I had the honor of speaking to a crowd of veterans, their families and supporters at the March to Protect Veterans' Benefits held at our state's Capital. Veterans from all branches of service united to send a message to state and national leaders - Leave No Veteran Behind.

      Why was this march and rally necessary? Because just this week, Senate Republicans proposed $1.6 billion in cuts to veterans' benefits over the next five years. Is this the message we want to send to our soldiers and veterans at this critical time in the Iraq war?

      Now, more than ever, we need to show our support for the troops by bringing our soldiers home from Iraq; honoring our commitment to care for those who have been injured; and providing appropriate, timely support for the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

      This Veterans' Day, I urge you to show your support for the troops by joining with veterans and their families to demand accountability from our government.

      Dick Cheney is one persian cat short of being a James Bond villain.

      by Malacandra on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 02:06:23 PM PST

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  •  Thanks Anna! (none)
    Dave had a great posting today and it was crushed.  Thanks for highlighting these guys that the DCCC sent out today...many are in districts that provide an uphill battle and the exposure definately helps!

    Texas Scandal Twins, GOOGLE Joe Barton + Tom DeLay and what do you get? T-R-O-U-B-L-E

    by DFJtoo on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 02:01:56 PM PST

    •  Just wanted (4.00)
      to give some love to another diary that slipped off the list quickly today:

      "This Veterans Day, I will think of my friend Sasha. I first met Sasha when I went to the then Soviet Union in 1988 as part of a delegation of Vietnam veterans to meet with Soviet Afghanistan veterans--Afghantsi, they called themselves. I remember the first few moments when we met at the airport in Moscow. Everything was a bit awkward and formal, neither side knowing quite what to do. Then one Afghantsi--his eyes blazing with the look I knew all too well--suddenly pulled up his shirt to show several bullet wounds. "You see these," he said fiercely, "These bullets were fired from an American-made M-16." One of the Vietnam veterans who accompanied me quickly pulled up his shirt. "You see these," he said, "These bullets were fired by a Soviet-made AK-47." The two men stared at one another briefly, then fell in each other's arms and wept.

      I remember standing in a frigid wind-swept Moscow park, my arm around Sasha, in front of a peculiarly irregular boulder, standing on end with a plaque on it. This was the Afghantsi Memorial, put up by the Afghantsi themselves when the Soviet government failed to honor their request for a government sponsored memorial. There was a large group there -- Afghantsi and Vietnamsi--and the former soldiers each took turns speaking from the heart. The message from all was the same: We must honor those who died, we must take care of those who survived. We must promise to each other that our sons will never go through what we did.

      Empty words, it seems. The sons of the Afghantsi are now dying in Chechnya, and the children of the Vietnamsi are now Afghantsi and Iraqsi. Yet it is the one idea I still find worth fighting for."

      Have you told a veteran thank you today?

      by just another vet on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 02:47:02 PM PST

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  •  i will update again when i get home (none)
    please continue to comment and post any democratic veterans who are running for congress.

    i need to pack up and go home now (otherwise i'll be stuck in terrible traffic) but i promise to update this post with any and all new additions when i get home!

    "Democrats: Always standing up for what they later realise they should have believed in." -Jon Stewart, the Daily Show

    by anna on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 02:08:26 PM PST

    •  Julia Carson IN-7 (none)
      Ms. Carson never was in the military herself but both of her ex-husbands certainly were - both are partially disabled too. Her son was in the Marines.
      Ms. Carson is no hawk: she voted against the War on Iraq in the midst of a hard-fought re-election campaign in 2002 ! She also served on the Veterans Cmte for 3 terms.
  •  In memory of all those lost to lies (4.00)
    George Bush means business when it comes to creating more vets.  So today, as Bush denies lying to get us into a war of choice, is a good day to remember the lies leading to Iraq.

  •  Why thank someone who has done nothing for us? (none)
    Certainly I respect soldiers and veterans, but I think thanking them is justifying the corporate wars they were/are tricked into fighting; If we're thanking them, it implies that these wars were somehow for our benefit, which is of course not the case.

    The trick is explaining this without sounding like I'm saying, "I hate America!".  The main problem is that thanking soldiers is simple, obvious, intuitive, but merely respecting them requires the sort of intelligence that the average American does not possess.

    •  done nothing? (none)
      surely you can't really mean that.

      your leap of logic is incredible, IMO.  

      i'll just leave it at that.

      "Democrats: Always standing up for what they later realise they should have believed in." -Jon Stewart, the Daily Show

      by anna on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 03:24:00 PM PST

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      •  You cannot explain it. (none)
        First, when I thank Vets for their service...willing and not, it is in appreciation for all of the good. I don't condone all acts committed and conflicts engaged.

        Some people need the Ivory Soap. I want my hands clean but I'm not 99.9% pure.


  •  Thank you veterans! (none)
    And thank you Anna for such a wonderful diary.  It's great to see all these Americans who served their country and are still serving their country, by running for Congress.  I hope kos makes this diary a permanent link on the front page.

    Secrecy is the illness, information is the cure.

    by Unstable Isotope on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 03:18:08 PM PST

    •  Permanent link (none)
      Agreed - it would be good to see this information make it into the wiki and cross-posted on our congress, where it could have a longer shelf life.

      Or if someone had the time and motivation, could set up a website to track & support all the Fighting Dems. Looks like somebody already owns though.

      Michigan Liberal, for MI politics news & analysis

      by lpackard on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 05:19:28 PM PST

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  •  Thanks Anna (none)
    and to the whole Kos community for the support. We have been truly humbled by our campaign experience so far and the support we have received. I look forward to campaigning with the rest of the Fighting Dems over the next year and restoring hope to the people. We are the new Band of Brothers..

    Taking back TX-06 in '06!

    "Never has there been a good war or a bad peace." - Benjamin Franklin

    by rgrdave on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 04:19:09 PM PST

  •  PLEASE look at each website BEFORE (4.00)
    assuming you would want to support.

    There are a number of individuals in this group who would make great progressive candidates--but not all.  

    Some do not have their sites set up yet, but I have tried to read what they do have up, and there are a few I would definitely NOT support.  I do not mean to point him out as the only one, but if David Ashe were currently in office, I would be looking hard to find someone to oppose him.  He is totally in support of Bush's pre-emptive attack on Iraq, despite the fact that it was based on lies.  I get the impression he feels the use of military power is the answer to most of our international problems.  Go to his site, read it ALL, and see what your reaction is.  I feel if we had more like Ashe in office we would be looking at a long future of military involvement throughout the world.  He was a huge and serious turn-off for me.

    On the other hand, there were some really great people in this list that I would strongly support:

    David Harris -- 100% support, great positions and explanations.  Strong military, but only when military is really needed and appropriate.  Iraq was misuse and Iraq needs to be given back to Iraqis.  To use military for ideology is wrong.  We do not spread "democracy" by attacking other countries.  RIGHT ON, DAVID!  His positions on other issues are just as encouraging and progressive.

    Jeff Latas -- Positions contain depth and insight.  Does not seem to be afraid probe deeply into the issues and provides detailed solutions on lots of complex matters.  Very good position on Iraq.

    John Leasch -- Just gives general point statements re Iraq, but states "Forever abandon the doctrine of pre-emptive war."   His general points on other issues look promising, but would like to see more details.

    Pete Duffy -- Believes Iraq was illegal war and our entry should be thoroughly investigated (mentions Downing St Minutes).  Lots of good, in depth ideas on many issues.

    Tom Kovach -- Positions are stated in very general terms.  Would like to see more details on issues.

    Jim Brandt -- Some good general statement, especially position on restoring civil liberties (i.e., repealing the PATRIOT Act).  I see nothing on his website re Iraq.

    Ted Ankrum -- Texas really needs this guy!  He addresses the issues with great personal insight and provides detailed solutions to many national problems.  Very sensitive response to Iraq and the plight of those who are ultimately asked to give their lives.  Believes we must begin withdrawing our troops.  You need to read his compelling descriptions of the war and the unrealistic goals set out by Bush.  

    Some of the candidates presented in the article did not even address Iraq in their websites.  Some were totally superficial in their comments.  And, as I mentioned in the beginning of my comment, some do not have their websites up yet.

    However, I would not agree that "each and every one of them deservers our support in their fight to take back Congress."  I do not believe that replacing a legislator with one I do not agree with is a move in the right direction.

    I like having these candidates presented to us in kos, but it's up to us to look INDIVIDUALLY at each one to see if they offer what we're looking for.  There are, in deed, some excellent candidates in this list.

  •  Add another one to the list (none)
    Senior Chief Petty Officer Jack Flynn in NC-9 (
  •  The Party of Jefferson (none)
    Looking for Mr. Lentz, candidate for Pennsylvania's 7th District, to put some Democratic Party ID on his home page.  Bold-face DEMOCRAT and donkey logos release some kind of endorphins in me.

    As Mr. Lentz says, Clinton took his district twice, Gore won there, and Kerry took it too.  A Repug is squatting in the office there at the moment.

    Hoping for success.

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