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As an Iraq war veteran, today is pretty exciting for me, and all the other vets I talk with.  Today, one of our own took the first step towards knocking off Senator Mitch McConnell in 2008.  Iraq War Veteran Andrew Horne jumped into the race.

Andrew Horne, who had to step down as a Senior Advisor to VoteVets.org to run this race, not only has a good shot to beat McConnell, he has a tremendous shot.  That’s got us Iraq veterans pumped because not only will we have a voice in the Senate that comes from our own ranks, but we’re also going to take down the guy who is the single most responsible person in Congress for the war in Iraq, as well as the defeat of pro-troop, pro-veteran legislation.

Let’s take just a small walk through the record of Mitch McConnell (Warning: Hold your nose):

  • He led the filibuster of the Webb-Hagel "Dwell Time" amendment that would have given our exhausted troops as much time at home as in the field

  • He led the all-night filibuster of legislation that would have set us on a real change of course in Iraq, that would have allowed us to give Iraqis more responsibility, while freeing U.S. forces to take on the real threat to America – al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • He consistently worked his side of the aisle against the same veterans he’s been fighting tooth and nail to keep in Iraq, beating back amendments to ensure a funding stream for veterans’ health care, increase Veterans’ medical services by closing corporate tax loopholes, and guarantee full-funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • And, most recently, he callously quipped that we ought not feel too bad about those who died in Iraq, because, afterall, "remember, these are not draftees, these are full-time professional soldiers."

  • Andrew Horne is going to serve Kentucky well.  I’ve known Andrew for a couple of years now, and he’s one of the brightest, toughest guys I’ve ever encountered.  But, more importantly, he’s fiercely loyal.  At any point over the last couple of years, he could have broken away from the veterans movement and tried to make a name for himself.  But, he didn’t.  He felt a profound sense of responsibility to those he was fighting alongside, something that we all feel in the military.  Kentucky can trust that he’s never going to abandon them and "go Washington" like Mitch McConnell.

    But, more importantly for the readers on here, Andrew’s candidacy represents the best shot beat the largest obstruction to veterans care and responsible use of the military that Congress has ever seen.

    For all McConnell has done to hurt troops and veterans, how sweetly ironic it is that it’s going to be a Marine that sends him packing.

    That’s why, today, I’m truly, truly excited.

    Read more about Andrew and consider making at donation at AndrewHorne.org or via his ActBlue page.

    Crossposted at VetVoice and Huffington Post.

    Originally posted to Jon Soltz on Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 11:02 AM PST.

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