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February 19, 2008

Army Vet to Challenge House Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha

If any of these men are on your ballot I hope you take a look at voting for them.

Iraq Veterans for Congress website

I have posted about this before on January 18th 20088 but this is an update.

Iraq Veterans for Congress

Here are the Iraq Veteran for Congress Candidates

One of the Candidates is William T. Russell, a Republican and a Conservative, a good man.

Here is the UPDATE: I pray William Russell does well and wins. That would be so awesome!!

Fox News

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A career Army member left the service two years short of retirement to move here and try his hand at politics by challenging longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha.

First-time candidate William T. Russell, 45, a Republican, acknowledged that taking on a popular, 18-term congressman in the 2008 election will be "an uphill battle."

"But it's one that must be fought," Russell told the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown.

Russell plans to formally announce his candidacy within weeks. Murtha has declined comment on the challenge

Russell, who moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Murtha's district specifically to take on the congressman, has a long Army and Army Reserve career that includes tours of duty in the Balkans and both Iraq wars. He and his wife, Kasia, were in the Pentagon when a hijacked airliner slammed into the building on Sept. 11, 2001. Both escaped unhurt.

Murtha's call for troop withdrawal from Iraq "is just flat-out wrong," Russell said. Like Irey, Russell also criticized Murtha's public allegations that unnamed U.S. soldiers committed "cold-blooded murder and war crimes" against innocent Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005.

A small-business owner, Russell said he wants a local economy dependent on the free market. But he acknowledges some jobs may be lost if government contracts disappear.

It is not known whether Russell will have GOP challengers in the primary. Irey said she is focused on seeking re-election as commissioner.

This is his statement:

"I am a Conservative.

I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe the primary role of government is to provide for the common defense and a legal framework to protect families and individual liberty. I believe in rugged individualism because individuals can make far better choices than any government entity in providing for families, protecting households, choosing doctors and health care plans, and deciding which teachers and schools are best for children. I believe prosperity is best ensured by what Adam Smith called the “invisible hand” of a natural, price driven economy.

I believe that we have the responsibility and obligation to control our borders and determine who is allowed to live and work in our country.

I believe that families are the foundation stone upon which all truly great societies are built. I believe that imposed systems of wealth redistribution destroy families, produce a culture of dependence, and hurt everyone. I believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception. I believe in marriage between one man and one woman and that children should always be loved and sometimes spanked. I believe that all children in our school systems should be educated in English and taught the civic duties and responsibilities of citizenship and patriotism.

I believe in private property rights and that the death tax should be killed. I believe the Consumption or Fair Tax is the best and most equitable means to ensure all persons who participate in our economy, legally or illegally, pay their fair share and to reward those who build businesses or save and invest their money.

I believe in the right to bear arms and the right of self defense. Gun control and gun free zones only ensure that victims are unarmed.

I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe. I believe we should all practice charity in some form or fashion, especially to those who are suffering and least fortunate, but it must be voluntary and spring from a spirit of altruism and love for our neighbors.

Finally, I believe there is room to acknowledge the role of our Creator in public life as stated in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The mention of God in the Pledge, and asking his blessings for our nation and our safety before ball games, classes, and public meetings does not constitute the establishment of a state religion and does not discriminate against anyone."

Wild Thing's comment.......

I wish one of these men was in my District so I could vote for him. There is one listed in Florida but he is not in my District.

....Thank you Mark for the headsup on the update on Russell.

* Michelle Malklin blog

Posted by Wild Thing at February 19, 2008 12:45 AM


Good man. I hope someone beats Murtha the Hut.
'Bout time for him to step aside and let the conservatives take the lead.

Posted by: Lynn at February 19, 2008 04:49 AM

William T Russell is exactly the type of Conservative we need in Congress. I wonder if the RNC is helping him at all. What a coup if he could beat Murtha. I certainly like Russells statement. It would be nice if we had a presidential candidate with the same beliefs.

Posted by: TomR at February 19, 2008 08:33 AM

Lynn it would be so awesome if he could beat Murtha. Not to have Murtha in politics anymore would be one of the things on my list as a start to saving our country.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2008 07:33 PM

Tom yes it sure would, gosh if only we had someone that spoke like this man Russell. Iti would be so exciting to be happy about voting again.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2008 07:35 PM