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THE VET FORCE

The Dems have a secret weapon: Iraq war vets, deployed on a new field of battle.MSNBC/Newsweek

We are called by various names. Air America and the Daily Kos call us the “Fighting Dems”, Mother Jones calls us “The Capitol Brigade” and Draft Zinni dubs us “Security Dems”. I call us the “Band of Brothers”. We are the Democrats’ “secret weapons”. We have five core things in common: we are veterans, we are Democrats, we are strong on national security, we believe our nation is headed in the wrong direction -- and we are running for Congress to put America back on course.

We are not, however, all Iraq war veterans. Some of us are veterans of other conflicts such as Vietnam or peacekeeping duty in the Balkans, and some supported our troops in other vital ways. But regardless of how they served our country in uniform, all have progressive to moderate social views Most of us are family men and are running on platforms to support working families, insure fair taxation, protect Social Security, restore American values, and fully fund programs to aid education, the poor and disabled, and to provide equality of opportunity for all Americans and sound environmental policies to safeguard our land.

We also believe that a strong America is one that engages its allies rather than antagonizes them, one that goes after terrorism where it exists rather than invading countries that distract from this mission, and, as military men, we believe that using force to accomplish international objectives should be used only as a truly last resort. Many of us have served in either Iraq in the current conflict or in the first Gulf War, and almost all of us served in the war theater, in intelligence or in security-related positions.

And one more thing. Most of the Fighting Dems come from so-called “Red” districts. But America is not Red and Blue, it is Red, White and Blue and all Americans share the same aspirations and dreams. So this brigade of fighting Democrats is intent on taking Congress back from those who have hijacked our nation, distorted our values, devastated our economy, damaged our nation’s credibility, derailed the middle class, and distracted us from the War on Terror by sending our fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and brothers and sisters to be maimed and to die fighting a war that did not need to be fought.

One thing is certain; there are enough of us to win back the House and put America back on course. Paul Hackett showed it could be done in his close race in Ohio. And even more recently in my district, where I have been helping to build the Democratic Party “from the ground up,” we have had a series of victories. These have included electing Democrats to the office of mayor in Corning and Elmira for the first time in 45 years and 25 years, respectively.

There are many other good Dem candidates who are not veterans, but our Vet Force, with over two dozen Democratic veterans across the nation running for office is the chance we have to reverse a negative trend of recent years. Since 2000, the number of vets in Congress has been diminishing, failing to provide the leadership that had for many years seen strong vets standing up for America in Congress.

Now is the time to turn the tide and chase the Republican chickenhawks out of Congress and replace them with veterans who value our freedom and democracy.* Make America strong by electing those who have fought on the front lines so that they can fight once more on the home front. I stand with the Band of Brothers. We will put America back on course, make America strong and secure, and make America truly the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Our hearts are strong, our resolve and commitment is total, and in our hands we carry the torch

that will light the future of the America as we fight for the families who will build

a better tomorrow for our children and for our grandchildren.

Eric Massa

THE VET FORCE

A Brigade of Combat Ready Vets Deployed in 15 States

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Arizona Ÿ California Ÿ Colorado Ÿ Illinois Ÿ Kentucky Ÿ Maryland Ÿ Minnesota Ÿ Montana Ÿ North Carolina

New Hampshire Ÿ Ohio South Carolina Ÿ Tennessee Ÿ TexasŸ Virginia

 

The Candidates A to H: below Ú

The Candidates K to W: next page Ø

 

Ted Ankrum for U.S. Congress ( TX-10 CD)

Rank: Lt Commander, U.S. Navy

Service: Combat veteran of four tours in Vietnam. Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Purple Heart; 20% Disabled Veteran.

Website: http://www.tedankrum.com/

Contact: ankrum@sbcglobal.net

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Opponent(s): Freshman Republican Mike McCaul; no other Dem challenger.

District Profile: McCaul pulled 79% in ’04. Solid Republican, but Ankrum is taken seriously and will run a tough race.

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Lee Ballenger for U.S. Congress ( SC-03 CD)

Rank: U.S. Navy

Service: On the USS Sterett; the Philippines and Persian gulf during the Iran-Iraq War.

Website: http://www.voteballenger.com/

Contact: info@voteballenger.com

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Opponent(s): Incumbent 2nd term Republican J. Gresham Barrett.

District Profile: Barrett won by 99.5% in '04. Pundits aren’t optimistic, but this year the conventional wisdom may not win out.

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Charles Brown for U.S. Congress ( CA-04 CD)

Rank: Lt Colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Service: Flew jet and helicopter missions in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.

Website: http://www.brown4congress.org/

Contact: brownforcongress@sbcglobal.net

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Opponent(s): Incumbent 8th term Republican John T. Doolittle who is also opposed in the primary by two other Republicans; Brown will face Lisa M. Rea in the primary.

District Profile:. Yet another ex-Republican veteran running as a Democrat in a "red" district. Doolittle got 65.4% in '04 and it will take an upset for Brown to win as in so many other races.

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John Courage for U.S. Congress ( TX-21 CD)

Rank: U.S. Air Force

Service: Enlisted in 1971 and served 4 years during the Vietnam Era.

 

Website: http://www.courageforcongress.org

Contact: info@courageforcongress.org

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Opponent(s): Incumbent 10th term Republican Lamar S. Smith. No Democrat challengers. Courage was also the ’02 nominee.

District Profile: Lamar Smith won by 62.5% in ’04. It is considered solid Republican but everything is up for grabs in 2006.

Note: Courage has been endorsed by DFA.

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Andrew Duck for U.S. Congress ( MD-06 CD)

Rank: Captain, U.S. Army

Service: Military Intelligence Planner. Platoon leader in Bosnia, a Korean translator and Intelligence Liaison Officer in Iraq, Kuwait.

Website: www.duckforcongress.com

Contact: andrew@duckforcongress.org

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Opponent(s): Incumbent 7th term Republican Roscoe Bartlett; Democrat challengers attorney Barry J.C. Kissin and accountant Savas Karas. Bartlett faces a primary challenge.

District Profile: Bartlett took 67% in his last election; District went 65-34 for Bush. This will be a tough race in a solid Republican district, but in this year an upset is possible. Bartlett represents the most conservative district in Maryland.

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Pete Duffy for U.S. Congress ( NH-01 CD)

Rank: Colonel, U.S. Army National Guard

Service: 30 years military experience as a Judge Advocate General officer in the active Army, the Army Reserves and the New Hampshire National Guard.

Website: http://www.peteduffyforcongress.com/

Contact: info@peteduffyforcongress.com

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Opponent(s): 2nd term Republican Incumbent Jeb E. Bradley; Dem challengers: Robert A. Baines, James W. "Jim" Craig, Gary Dodds, Bill Henderson, Peter Sullivan, Carol Shea-Porter.

District Profile: Baines 63.3% in '04 but it could be a good race.

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Jay Fawcett for U.S. Congress ( CO-05 CD)

Rank: Lt Colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Service: Air Force Academy graduate and faculty member; served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq. Awarded a Bronze Star for his actions.

Website: http://www.fawcett4congress.com/

Contact: info@fawcett4congress.com

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Opponent(s): 10th term Republican incumbent Joel; there are no other Dem candidates. There is speculation that Hefley may retire and John Wesley Anderson may run for the seat or possibly challenging Hefley in the primary..

District Profile: Hefley won by 70.5% in ’04. Solid Republican. In Turning on the Fawcett - Seeking the impossible dream: unseating Hefley. Fawcett will have to raise a historic amount of money to win.

 

Paul Hackett for Senate (Ohio)

Rank: Major, U.S. Marine Corps

Service: Joined in 1982, commissioned in 1985, discharged 1999 but volunteered for and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he engaged in hand-to-hand battle and was hit by an IED.

Website: http://www.hackettforohio.com

Contact: info@hackettforohio.com

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Opponent(s): 2nd term incumbent Mike DeWine; democratic challenger Sherrod Brown.

State Profile: DeWine won in 2000 with 60% of the vote, but his standing in the opinion polls runs around 40% now. State went for Bush 51 to 49 in 2004. Dems sense a possible win here.

David Ashe for U.S. Congress ( VA-02 CD)

Rank: Major, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Service: Commissioned in 1996, he later served in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002, Kuwait and in 2003, David was deployed again to Iraq.

Website: http://www.davidasheforcongress.com/

Contact: david@davidasheforcongress.com

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Opponent(s): Incumbent freshman Republican Thelma Drake; Democrats Troy Farlow and Philip J. Kellam contending.

District Profile: Drake got 55% in ’04. Solid Republican, but Ashe enjoys the support of Gov. Warner and Gov-elect Tim Kaine.

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Jim Brandt for U.S. Congress ( CA-46 CD)

Rank: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps.

Service: Served in the Marine Corps as a combat pilot.

Website: www.friends4brandt.com

Contact: campaign@friends4brandt.com

 

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Opponent(s): Incumbent 9th term Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

District Profile: Rohrabacher 62% vs. ’04 nominee Brandt; a hard battle but the possibility of an upset in a solid Republican district.

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Chris Carney for U.S. Congress ( PA-10 CD)

Rank: Lt Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve

Service: Intelligence, Special Operations. Middle East, South Korea and the Pentagon.

Website: http://www.carneyforcongress.com/

Contact: info@carneyforcongress.com

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Opponent(s): Incumbent 4th term Republican Donald L. "Don" Sherwood (R); Sherwood is being opposed by several Republicans. Another possible Dem candidate is St. Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D).

District Profile: Sherwood won in ’94 with a whopping 92.8. However, DC Political Report believes the race not only has a credible challenger, but that national trends could affect the result.

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Dan Dodd for U.S. Congress ( TX-03 CD)

Rank: Lt Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Service: 2 consecutive tours in Vietnam; Pentagon program manager, “Star Wars” program.

Website: http://www.dandodd.us/

Contact: Dan@DanDodd.US

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Opponent(s): 8th term Republican incumbent Sam Johnson. No other announced Dem candidates. Johnson faces a GOP challenger.

District Profile: Johnson won with 87% in 2004. It is considered solid Republican but all bets are off this year.

Note: Dan was a roommate of Wes Clark at West Point.

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Tammy Duckworth for U.S. Congress ( IL-06 CD)

Rank: Major, Illinois Army National Guard

Service: Blackhawk pilot in Iraqi; triple amputee and has achieved national publicity for her testimony before Congress.

Website: DUCKWORTH HAS NOT YET

Contact: OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED

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Opponent(s): ‘ 04 nominee Christine Cegelis and about 3 others in the primaries. There is a large field of Republican candidates as well.

District Profile: The last election went to Henry J. Hyde (R) who is now retiring after 16th term. Cegelis gave Hyde his tightest race in decades, winning 44 percent to Hyde’s 56 percent in the GOP-leaning district. D.C. Political Report's rates it as an extremely competitive race. The DCCC is pushing Duckworth and some local Dem supporters pf Cegelis are upset.

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Tim Dunn for U.S. Congress ( NC-08 CD)

Rank: Lt Colonel, Marine Corps Reserve

Service: In the Marine Corps Reserve since 1994. Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad prosecuting Saddam and other former Iraqi leaders. He also served in Kosovo.

Website: http://dunnforcongress.com/

Contact: info@dunnforcongress.com

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Opponent(s): Republican incumbent Robin Hayes (four terms); Democratic challengers Rick Glazier and Chris Kouri

District Profile: Hayes won 56% of the vote in his last election; District went 54-45 for Bush.

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Steve Filson for U.S. Congress ( CA-11 CD)

Rank: Officer, U.S. Army

Service: Jet pilot serving aboard aircraft carriers, the USS Hancock and USS Ranger, deployed in the Western Pacific.

Website: http://www.filsonforcongress.com/

Contact: filsonforcongress.com/contact.htm

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Opponent(s): 7th term Republican incumbent Richard W. Pombo. Pombo challenged by ex-U.S. Rep. Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey, Jr. (R), other Dem challengers are Jerry McNerney, Scott Chacon, Margee, Elaine Shaw and Barbara Matthews?

District Profile: Pombo won by 61.3% in '04. Solid Republican. C. W. Nevius note, "If Filson...is able to put the money together, you'll want to keep an eye on that election. It could be a corker."

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David Harris for U.S. Congress (TX-06 CD)

Rank: Major, U.S. Army Reserves

Service: 12 years active duty, then Army reserves. Mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and deployed to Iraq as a Logistics Officer. Received Bronze Star.

Website: http://followmetodc.com/

Contact: Contact page.

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Opponent(s): 11th term Republican incumbent Joe L. Barton; Harris has no challengers; Barton challenged by Joey Dauben (R).

District Profile: 2004 was Smoky Joe Barton's worst showing -- 66% of the total vote. While that may not be a sign of trouble, it's also not the 76% Barton picked up in 1994.

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Other sources of information about veterans running for Congress:

Draft Zinni Security Dems

Anna Topia For veteran's day, your fighting dems

Daily Kos For Veteran's Day: Our Democratic Veteran Candidates

MyDD For Veteran’s Day: Our Democratic Veteran Candidates

Boston Globe “Fighting Dems” see options in the war against terrorism
Veterans for Common Sense Iraq vets running for Congress, challenging policies

Harry’s Place Iraq vets challenge GOP incumbents in Congress

The Carpetbagger Paul Hackett May Be the First of Many

National Journal Hotline Dem Vets running

Democratic Wings Iraq War Veterans take on the House and Senate

Air America Radio's Fighting Dems series

Daily Kos' Fighting Dems series

Mother Jones: The Capitol Brigade

MSNBC/Newsweek The Vet Strategy

Veterans for Common Sense Iraq vets running for Congress, challenging policies

 

 

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