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Archive for January, 2010

Tonight’s Election Results


Tonight, we Democrats lost the U.S. Senate seat that had been held for nearly five decades by America’s Senator, Ted Kennedy, and his brother, John F. Kennedy, before him. Shame on us.

Shame on us for not more actively highlighting the many areas where we Democrats help America’s working families. We are the party that wants to reform healthcare. We are the party that wants to provide quality education to all children. We are the party that respects the rights of all Americans — women, GLBT, and minorities. We are the party that demands the rule of law, even in the face of horrendous enemies.

We are the majority party, no matter what any single election might show. We need to exercise our majority power so that the Americans who benefit by our policies will fully understand which party is consistently waging the fight on their behalf. We need to ensure all Americans understand there is only one party, the Democrats, who are on their side.

The election of Scott Brown as the junior senator from Massachusetts will result in many Democratic philosophical quandaries. We should never, though, come to the conclusion that Progressive politics suffered a defeat. As our friend, Alan Grayson, has declared “If the only choice the people have, is between a Republican and a make-believe Republican, the voters will always pick the real deal.” We have to continue to press our Progressive agenda, as it is the only way America will move forward to truly fulfill America’s mandate as the “glimmering city on the hill.”

Thank you for all you have done and will do to make our great nation “A More Perfect Union.”

Dr. King’s Legacy of Service – International Events are Local

Today, as we celebrate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I am greatly heartened by the outpouring of American support for our neighbors in Haiti. Millions of Americans have given their time, talent, and treasure to assist the survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Port au Prince last week. Floridians, in particular, have gone to extreme lengths in their humanitarian endeavors.

While the vast majority of us will never have to experience the extreme conditions and hardships being faced by the Haitian people, I would like to remind you to also consider the impact the earthquake is having on your coworkers and neighbors.

People all over the 12th District are heavily involved in the relief efforts. Some of our neighbors are working overtime for not-for-profits like the American Red Cross. Others are using their personal wealth and vast connections to arrange transportation for doctors and medical supplies to Haiti. Still others are using their knowledge and training to spread the word about the various means of assistance available for those wanting to help.

Due to my career in the Navy, I know for certain that the men and women of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 6th Medical Group – all stationed at MacDill Air Force Base – are working around the clock to aid in the recovery and relief efforts. Just today, the 6th Medical Group deployed personnel to Haiti to perform medical, logistical, and administrative functions.

These are our neighbors and they need our support. Please take a minute to speak with your neighbor to see what assistance they might need, to see if their family members are doing alright, and to see if there is a way that you might lessen the stress and strain they might be experiencing.

Every day of my life, I am proud to be an American. Today, I am especially proud to see Dr. King’s legacy of service being displayed by Americans, Floridians, and our neighbors.

Please continue to do everything in your power to assist in this ongoing effort.

Unanimous Endorsement From IBT Local 79

Riverview – President Ken Wood announces that Teamsters Local 79 has unanimously endorsed Democrat Doug Tudor in his candidacy for the U.S. House’s open seat in Florida’s 12th Congressional District. This is the second time Tudor has earned this key labor endorsement.

Upon learning of this major endorsement, Tudor stated “I am proud to stand with the Teamsters as we work together to improve the quality of life, pension protections, and workplace safety standards for all workers. The Teamsters have played an important role in building our nation, and they will continue to be a major social, economic, and political force well into the future.”

Doug is a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, which is the senior enlisted rank of E9. He retired on February 29, 2008, and he was the Democratic nominee for the same seat in 2008. He ran against third-ranking Republican Adam Putnam and garnered over 137,000 votes. His effort was the second best in the state for any challenger that didn’t take the seat, and his race had the best dollar-to-vote ratio in the state.

During his Navy career, Doug served in a variety of assignments afloat and ashore, in and out of the United States. His final tour of duty was at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. During eight years at Central Command, Doug served as the Flag Writer, or Senior Administrative Assistant, for three Commanders – General Tommy Franks, USA; General John Abizaid, USA; and Admiral William Fallon, USN. He is a veteran of the combat zones of Afghanistan, Iraq, eastern Africa, and the Levant.

Florida’s 12th Congressional District encompasses east Hillsborough County, most of Polk County, and west Osceola County. The District has a Democratic-majority registration and is considered a key race in the 2010 cycle.

The Teamsters have a 106-year history of organizing and educating workers so they will attain a higher standard of living. Internationally, they have over 1.4 million members.