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Approximately six months ago, we all stood shocked by Joe Wilson’s embarrassing outburst in the joint session of Congress.  Since then, Joe has continued play politics with people’s lives, letting lobbyists prepare his remarks in the Congressional Record, going on a "Jobs Tour" to visit campaign contributors that gave him more than $20,000, and assailing the stimulus even as he begged for money from it to be spent in his district.  Joe's playing games with the well-being of our country, and too much of Washington is standing with him.

We need leaders in Washington with the courage to stand up for what is right—not just what will get them re-elected.

My greatest honor is serving America as a United States Marine and leading troops in combat.  We need someone in Congress with the courage of their convictions.  Leadership isn't about "tough votes".  It's about the certainty of action that comes with doing what's right.

Last week, Jim Bunning held important unemployment legislation hostage in just another example of the extreme politics of Washington, DC.  It halted much needed unemployment checks to thousands of Americans struggling to find jobs.  

Washington's not listening, and no one has the courage to put the people first.

Six months ago, many of you joined my campaign.  As a Congressman, I will never forget the hard-working people who send me to Congress.  It's time to stand up and fight for a government that works, not one that plays political games with people's lives.

The next 24 hours are critical for my campaign.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will be announcing their Red to Blue program.  Help tell the national party that the voices of grassroots activists are powerful, and they need to listen by joining our campaign today.

Our campaign has always been about grassroots supporters.  Help us show the national party the strength of that support.  Together, we will return the Congress to the American people.

Originally posted to Rob Miller on Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 09:48 AM PST.

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