GA-Sen: Time To Show Jim Martin We Have His Back
by Todd Beeton, Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 03:01:23 PM EST
What better day than Veterans' Day to show our support for Jim Martin, a Vietnam Veteran who has the opportunity on Dec. 2nd. to take out Saxby Chambliss, the man who so dishonorably defeated Vietnam veteran and hero Max Cleland for that seat.
This is payback time.
Senate Guru has more on Martin's service:
Martin, who served his country as a Military Intelligence Officer in Vietnam, was a four-year member of ROTC at the University of Georgia and finished as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He has made veterans' issues a central part of his campaign, and believes Washington has failed to give our veterans and men and women in uniform the respect they deserve.
Chambliss, on the other hand, never served having received 5 student deferments and one medical deferment for bad knees and, in fact, may just be hoping to get deferred right out of this run-off.
It is rumored that in private statements, Saxby has claimed that the knee that allowed him to have six deferments from serving in Vietnam has been acting up again, and not a minute too soon, as the race for what could be the 60th Senate Senate appears closer than ever.
But even more important than whether Chambliss served or not is how he treats veterans as Senator.
His record is not good.
Guru has Chambliss's grades from veterans groups:
Disabled American Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America
And James Boyce at HuffPo weighs in.
Chambliss Voted Against the New GI Bill for Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chambliss Has Voted Against Veterans Programs at Least 23 Times Since Joining the Senate
Chambliss Voted Against Additional Funding to Research Traumatic Brain Injury--thee "Signature Wound" of the Iraq War.
Chambliss Opposed the Webb Amendment Guaranteeing Troops Time At Home Between Deployments
Chambliss Repeatedly Voted Against Additional Funding to Give the Men & Women in Uniform the Armor and Equipment They Need.
All the more important to replace Chambliss with a veteran like Jim Martin. So, please help Martin out today over at our Road To 60 ActBlue page. Our goal: let's get Martin up to 60 donors by Friday.
And if you're in San Francisco, New York or Philadelphia, there are offline blograiser events tonight for Jim (and in Denver tomorrow night.) Paul Hogarth has details HERE.
I know we've all spent a lot of time and money helping our Senate candidates win this year but we still have more to do. We need to elect Jim Martin to the Senate not only to avenge Max Cleland's defeat 6 years ago, but we need to do it for all Veterans, to make sure they have a real champion in the Senate.
Update [2008-11-12 2:13:25 by Todd Beeton]:You guys rock. Almost $1000 for Martin, just 35 donors to go until we reach our goal.