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While celebrating Fathers Day this Sunday, please take time to remember all of the fathers who won’t be able to spend time with their families. They are the fathers who are deployed in Iraq. Some haven’t seen their children for months or more. Some have children whom they’ve only seen via photos.

When these same fathers return home they are met with an overwhelmed and underfunded Veteran’s Administration. We need to make our returning soldiers a priority. They are not only returning physically maimed but also mentally scarred. We need more mental health professionals for returning soldiers and their families. PTSD not only affects those serving, but we are now discovering that there is Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, which has the same symptoms as PTSD.
Another issue families are discovering is that the Reserves and National Guards are not treated the same as active duty soldiers, even though they are repeatedly deployed and go through the same experiences, without the same amount of training.
Faye Armitage will make it a priority that Veterans’ and civilians’ healthcare needs will be met. In addition we need to make sure that we have mental health parity. Besides wearing a flag pin, John Mica has not done much to support veterans. The non-partisan Disabled American Veterans group has given Mica a zero rating, in the past. The voters of District 7 need to give John Mica zero support.

Please help by supporting Faye Armitage. Call and email the DCCC an tell them to look at this District. John Mica is more vulnerable than they think.Even though he has been under the radar for his political career, he has done just as much damage as Tom Feeney. He has links to the Florida 2000 recount, Abramoff, "Coconut Road,the "Bridge to Nowhere",and trouble with the FAA. Plus, he despises air traffic controllers and all unions.

John Mica has gotten away with too much for too long. He cares nothing about the average voter. He is in Congress to help his buddies in transportation. Just look at his contributors and look at his voting record. It's crystal clear.


We need someone to replace him and that someone is Faye Armitage.

http://www.fayeforcongress.com

http://secure.actblue.com/...

Originally posted to kimw on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 10:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Excellent! (11+ / 0-)

    I am fired up to get rid of John Mica. I am going to spread the word and get as many of my friends to volunteer and contribute to Faye's campaign. This man is an insult to democracy. He must go!

  •  Thank you Morningglory (4+ / 0-)

    We appreciate all the help that you have given. Keep up the good work!

  •  Hmmm, an Abramoff connection? (3+ / 0-)
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    llbear, kimw, district seven democrat

    It truly wouldn't surprise me. I'd like to see more about that....

    •  People are really working on this story (4+ / 0-)
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      llbear, kimw, FLCitizen, CitizenLukasJames

      Mica is a rubber stamp and has quite a few dirty secrets hiding in his closet and it's only a matter of time before people figure it all out.

    •  Oh yeah, but the Abramoff links are just the tip (4+ / 0-)
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      llbear, kimw, FLCitizen, skylar

      Mica is one corrupt backbencher avoiding the limelight to get rich in the shadows.

      He goes way back to the 1970s and 1980s. His two brothers are now lobbyists. One, David, for the oil industry and the other, Dan, as head of the Credit Union National Association. Dan Mica used to be a member of Congress as well, he was (is) the Democrat of the family.

      In the early 1980s, while his brother was a Democratic Congressman, John was Chief of Staff for Paula Hawkins, a Republican Senator. McCain's chief campaign advisor lobbyist, Charlie Black, ran the Hawkins re-election campaign in 1986 (she lost).

      Mica went on to make millions in the cell phone industry (using insider information from his brother and his former boss Hawkins, IMHO).

      Like Charlie Black he started a consultant/lobbying firm. And his partners in his firm are doing very well.

      Mica is an earmark machine. I suggest that folks get ready to pay attention to FL-07. Mica could be wounded by scandal and we should be ready.

      Being ready means supporting Faye Armitage, the strongest Democrat in the race.

      And the Diarist is correct about the Florida recount. Mica was very, very involved in that, especially the "Brooks Brothers Riot".

      If Florida in 2000 still makes you mad, then open you wallet and donate to Faye.

      Here is her Act Blue page.

      Cheers

      Time to clean up DeLay's petri dish! Help CNMI guest workers find justice! Learn more at Unheard No More.

      by dengre on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 12:47:18 PM PDT

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      •  Brooks Brothers Riot (2+ / 0-)
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        llbear, kimw

        The Brooks Brothers riot was a demonstration by Republican congressional staffers at a meeting of election canvassers in Miami, Florida on November 19, 2000, organized for the purpose of bringing about the cancellation of a hand recount in which 10,750 ballots remain uncounted in the recount of the 2000 United States presidential election.

        The name refers to a traditional brand of suits associated with conservative business attire like that of the protesters.[1] The crowd was reported to have been directed by Congressman John E. Sweeney,[2] a Republican from New York.

        This political act was orchestrated by the RNC as many of the protesters were flown in to participate. Many of the participants have gone on to pursue lucrative careers through political appointments.

        In a Washington Post article [1], it was reported that in 2005, one member of this riot, Garry Malphrus, was appointed to be an immigration judge by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Malphrus would later be elevated by U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to the Board of Immigration Appeals.[3] Another participant, Joel Kaplan, eventually succeeded Karl Rove as Deputy White House Chief of Staff.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      •  Dengre, Thank you for adding this (1+ / 0-)
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        llbear

        If Florida in 2000 still makes you mad, then open you wallet and donate to Faye.

        Here is her Act Blue page.

  •  On this fathers day (5+ / 0-)

    let's not forget Mica voted against mothers day!

  •  A democrat can win in District 7 (5+ / 0-)

    Though money is always an issue, it seems the people of district 7 know this and still don't donate time or money. I have spoken with Faye and I believe she just might have enough spine to beat Mica. You have my support and my donation.

    Good luck!

  •  This will be a popular comment, I'm sure, (0+ / 0-)

    but calling the DCCC is not going to make them pay attention to this race. What's going to make them pay attention to this race is if a Democratic candidate shows that they have the support and resources to make it a race. In 2006, Mica won with 63% of the vote. What makes Armitage a stronger challenger than Chagnon was? How has partisan registration in the district developed since 2006, when Republicans had a registration advantage of 35k? And frankly, the DCCC looks hard at fundraising, and Armitage's last filing was for just over $2000.

    Will and backbone and fight are all important things, but they aren't the only important things.

    •  Thanks for stopping by MissLaura (5+ / 0-)
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      MissLaura, llbear, kimw, skylar, Blue exile

      You make some valid points, but I keep thinking a 50 state startegy means putting up a fight everywhere, expecially in a district that is only marginally republican.

      Since Faye is strong on anti-tort reform, and has from personal experience advocated against "Blocking the Courthouse Door", she may be able to get the Florida Justice Association support.

      That should really boost her fundraising totals for the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

    •  Once again, money isn't the only thing needed... (3+ / 0-)
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      llbear, kimw, FLCitizen

      Mr. Hogan had tons of money, so that isn't the answer.

      It’s not that your comment will be unpopular; it’s just commonplace and expected. It seems that most democrats nation wide take more pleasure in shooting down attempts of other democrats than giving five bucks or an hour of their time. Instead of telling the Armitage campaign things they already know, why not try to help them. I know it’s easy to fire a shot and walk away when you are in the cheap seats, but really, do you think the campaign doesn’t know everything you felt the need to tell them?

      I think we should just give up district 7, call it a fathers day present to the republicans, maybe that would please the democrats that are mad as hell but for some reason still willing to take it with a smile.

      •  I'm not saying give up. (1+ / 0-)
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        kimw

        I'm saying, rather than asking people to put in pointless calls to the DCCC, explain how it's different this time. I've read what a great Democrat Faye Armitage is in several diaries here by now -- tell me something else, like how she's going to make this a race, what her strategy is to win, why I should pay more attention to her than the people challenging Ginny Brown-Waite, or Gary Miller, or any of a dozen other Republican incumbents in Republican districts. You think my comment is commonplace and expected? Unfortunately, I think the same of this diary. Give me something new to answer.

        It's f'ing tough to push a single House race. I know that.   I have huge sympathy for that. But that means you have to try different things, to beat your brains out figuring out new angles to take to show why this Republican needs to be defeated, why this Democrat needs to be in Congress.

        •  Miss Laura, (3+ / 0-)
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          llbear, kimw, FLCitizen

          All of the aforementioned has been worked out (I send e-mail to the campaign weekly). I don’t know about the other people on this site, but I don’t find it prudent to list your campaign strategy over the Internet where anyone can see it.

          I’m sure you could e-mail the Armitage campaign (I talk to brien@fayeforcongress.com) and they would have no problem explaining their ideas and their strategy to you there.

          Also, putting up everything you have to attack your general election opponent doesn’t seem that smart either. That’s just me.

          I still think you tore down, when you should be building up.

        •  These are solid points (1+ / 0-)
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          kimw

          I have spoken with many advocates for what would be this or that longshot races. That happens because many of the most corrupt Republicans (with ties to the Abramoff scandal) have engineered very safe Districts for themselves.

          And yet, one front page story linking one of these jokers to scandal can turn the dynamics of the race overnight, but that type of story will not win the rece. It only helps.

          To win, there are metrics that these long shot candidates need to meet. Passion. Energy. Volunteers. And yes, Money. It has to be raised and fund raising numbers are a reflection on the viability of a Candidate and the passion of their supports.

          Mica and his record should help the Democrat in FL-07 raise money. He is a gift.

          Mica is a perfect fit to be a name-brand bad Republican. Folks should know his name in this cycle the same way folks knew who Pombo was in 2006. He is a poster boy for earmarks, the revolving door and corruption, but it is up to those who want to defeat him to put him on that poster and make his deeds well known.

          Mica was an active player in the Florida recount. His actions are a direct link to why Bush has been in the WH and all that comes with that.

          When the DCCC is looking to expand the field, they will look for races where the candidate and his or her supporters are already proving that they can win.

          I think FL-07 could be one of those races, but it is up to the Faye Armitage campaign to make the case why. It is up to them to answer the questions that you raise.

          Cheers

          Time to clean up DeLay's petri dish! Help CNMI guest workers find justice! Learn more at Unheard No More.

          by dengre on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 01:08:52 PM PDT

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        •  Cook rating for Mica's District is just R+3 (2+ / 0-)
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          llbear, kimw

          Ginny Brown-Waite is in an R+5 district, and depending vs Mica's district having an R+3 rating

          Florida boasts nine districts currently held by GOPers with PVI ratings between R+1 and R+5.

          Those nine districts are a mix of the once competitive (Florida's 8th and 12th), the occasionally competitive (Florida's 13th and 24th) and the never competitive (Florida's 5th, 7th, 15th, 18th and 25th.)

          We knew that the 13th, with Vern Buchanan stealing the seat from rightful winner Christine Jennings, would be back in play this fall. But the others? Let's take a look:

          5 -- Ginny Brown-Waite
          7 -- John Mica
          8 -- Ric Keller
          12 -- Adam Putnam
          13 -- Vern Buchanan (as noted above)
          15 -- Dave Weldon (retiring, thank Jeebus)
          18 -- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
          24 -- Tom Feeney
          25 -- Mario Diaz-Balart

          http://flprogressive.blogspot.com/...

          Gary Miller is the incumbent in heavily Republican Orange County in CA.

          Again, Mica's district in only marginally Republican, and he's kept an unusually low profile. Just by exposing him we will accomplish a lot.

          Besides that, if the Armitage campaign can create a buzz, a movement if you will, Mica's perceived invulnerability will be severely undermined.

        •  This Republican CAN be defeated (0+ / 0-)

          John Mica's power ranking in the House fell from 139th to 265th, according to Congress.org.

          http://www.orlandosentinel.com/... news/ucf/orl-maxwell1208mar12,0,1819181.column

  •  NEVER take political direction from Miss Laura (3+ / 0-)
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    kimw, fayeforcure, CitizenLukasJames

    or the other Kool Kids from the Front Page.  They operate only with calulators and information gleaned from the DCCC.  It's not enough information on which to make a reliable call these days.

    You who are in the district and know what's going on on the ground, who can get your people organized but operate below the radar [your local media don't cover the race], you have the wind at your back if your candidate is clearly a change agent.

    If you have learned how to reach the voters with your candidate's background and message, you have a chance to make a difference.

    Possum for Congress Make Peace Possible. Jerry Northington.

    by llbear on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 12:40:39 PM PDT

    •  you are spot on (3+ / 0-)
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      llbear, kimw, fayeforcure

      now that's what I'm talking about.

    •  I like the "Kool Kids" (3+ / 0-)
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      kimw, FLCitizen, CitizenLukasJames

      and in this case, MissLaura is spot on with her questions.

      Among the many "safe" Republican seats, there will be a handful of Democratic Challengers who force the race to a more competitive status.  Some will be expected. Some will be a surprise.

      The questions raised need to be answered by every campaign. Asking them now is helpful. Now there is still time for a longshot campaign to organize and build energy. The metrics you cite are as viable as any other. Each race is different, but the questions that the DCCC would ask of any candidate are a baseline. In June it is helpful to ask every longshot campaign to have a plan and to be able to explain it.

      Cheers

      Time to clean up DeLay's petri dish! Help CNMI guest workers find justice! Learn more at Unheard No More.

      by dengre on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 01:21:54 PM PDT

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      •  of course (2+ / 0-)
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        llbear, kimw

        but I still think it's something you do in private, the answers to those questions, that is.

      •  Dengre - attitude is Miss Laura's problem (3+ / 0-)
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        kimw, fayeforcure, CitizenLukasJames

        You rise well above the kool kids. Your work on the Mariana Islands is terrific. The reason is that you do incomparable research.  You know what the hell you are talking about and never write 'till you have it nailed.

        Miss Laura comes waltzing in with an air of knowing what is going in on the ground in races all across this country. She doesn't.  She never researches these races.

        She doesn't offer encouragement to those who are trying to make a change, either. She comes across to those out-lying campaigns as Rahm-lite.

        Possum for Congress Make Peace Possible. Jerry Northington.

        by llbear on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 02:00:12 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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