David, or William Russell in today's story, is an Army war veteran. He has been in the Army for 28 years and is currently on active duty. William Russell and his wife were survivors of 9/11. They were both in the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it. William has been through seven tours of duty in hostile territory, including Kosovo, the first and the current Wars in Iraq. He has served our country honorably.
Now meet Goliath, or John Murtha. John Murtha is a veteran himself. However, he has taken a path of hostility and hatred towards today's military. Specifically, he has accused the Marines of war crimes and murder in the Iraqi town of Hiditha. I won't go back and detail his disgusting rants against our military service men, but let's just say that he would give Al-Qaeda the benefit of doubt before he would give it to our troops.
So here is how the story goes........William Russell decides to run against John Murtha for 12th District Congressional seat in Pennsylvania. First a judge takes his name off of the ballot. He had to have at least one thousand people write in his name during the primary to get his name on the November ballot. Not only did over four thousand Republicans write his name in, but so did one thousand Democrats.
For the last quarter of the campaign, Mr. Russell has been on active duty. He cannot openly campaign for any political position. However, those in his campaign have spread the word and without one campaign event, William Russell raised over $670, 000 in the last quarter. (John Murtha raised $119,000) William Russell raised almost $900,000 in the first two quarters. His campaign has received small contributions not only from all over Pennsylvania, but all over the country.
Servicemen and women and their families are disgusted by John Murtha's allegations and his failure to apologize when the Marines were exonerated last month of all charges. John Murtha has been in Congress since 1973. He definitely has a strong grip on his Congressional seat. Mr. Russell has a battle in front of him, but remember, in the end David beat Goliath.
Please consider supporting Mr. Russell regardless of where you live in the country. If you support and are grateful to our military, consider a small donation to Mr. Russell's campaign. I will be adding a permanent link to Mr. Russell's new campaign website. Read about him yourself. I am sure you will be impressed. He will be officially kicking off his campaign on August 1.
Mr. Russell welcome to the world of politics. Your supporters are a much larger group than even you may realize.