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Sometimes It Rains

Everyone who knows me knows I am passionate about family, country, politics, and baseball.  The latter is in my thoughts today.  In the modern era of Major League Baseball, only 20 pitchers have thrown perfect games – 27 batters up, 27 batters down.  Last night, Armando Galarraga should have become the 21st, but his perfect game will not make it into the history books.

In the ninth inning of the Detroit Tigers home game against the Cleveland Indians, the 27th batter hit a pitch which was fielded by the Tigers’ first baseman.  In a classic and often practiced drill, pitcher Galarraga covered first base and received the throw, clearly a step ahead of the runner.  As Galarraga prepared to celebrate his historic feat, first-base umpire Jim Joyce called the runner safe.  As the replays showed time and again, the ump got it wrong.  Without question, he got it wrong.

Fans of professional sports would not be surprised if Galarraga had lost his temper, yelling and screaming at the umpire.  He didn’t though.  Instead, he gave a “You’ve got to be kidding me” smile, and then retired the next batter to end the game.  In my opinion, Galarraga showed real class, which is often missing in professional sports and other aspects of our life.

Two more examples of class were to follow.  After the game, umpire Joyce reviewed the call, realized he had blown it, and asked to speak to Galarraga.  During the conversation, Joyce apologized, Galarraga accepted the apology, and the two professionals hugged.

Some commentators today have suggested MLB Commissioner Bud Selig should overturn Joyce’s call and award Galarraga his rightfully earned perfect game.  I hope Selig does not do it. 

In a nation beset by division, Pitcher Armando Galarraga and Umpire Jim Joyce gave America a teachable moment about humility, acceptance, and forgiveness.  Their example and lesson may very well make a greater impact on our national discourse than just another number in a record book.

 In baseball, after all, “Sometimes you win.  Sometimes you lose.  Sometimes it rains.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day, first called Decoration Day, has long been used to pay tribute to those Americans who died serving our country in the military.  It has evolved into honoring all of those veterans who are no longer with us, even those who have died of old age.  I hope it continues to evolve into something even more meaningful.

I hope someday that we will use Memorial Day to not only pay tribute to those Americans who died serving our country in the military, but also to come together once a year as a country to rededicate ourselves as a nation opposed to wars.  I believe the best way we can honor those who have fallen on the field of battle is to work our very hardest to ensure that no others have the same fate.

My campaign supporters know I am a retired Navy Master Chief, and they know I spent my career on the frontlines in the war against terrorism. From Beirut in 1983, to the Red Sea in 1993, to my over 30 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before my retirement in 2008, I have lived my adult life serving the Navy’s core values of “Honor, Courage, Commitment.”

Over the course of this Memorial Day, nearly all politicians and candidates will fall over themselves claiming how much they respect the fallen, honor our veterans, and support our troops.  Few of them will follow up with any discussion of how they will actually protect the veterans and troops from an underfunded Veterans Administration, multiple back-to-back deployments, never-ending and unsustainable warfare, and lives of uncertainty based on campaign cycles.  This must stop.

To me, “Honor, Courage, Commitment” means I must have enough honor to speak the truth to power; to have the courage to question the leaders of my party; and the commitment to stand strong enough to do my part to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As I did throughout my career in the Navy, you can count on me to stay true to these three core values.

This Memorial Day, as I do every Memorial Day, I will attend a service to honor the fallen.  This Memorial Day, as I have for the past three Memorial Days, I will carry forward a political campaign to truly honor those who have served America in uniform … as well as those who are serving and who will serve.  My brothers and sisters in arms deserve my utmost “Honor, Courage, and Commitment, and they will receive it.

Your brother,


The Momentum is Growing!


I received an email yesterday with a very exciting, yet simple, message.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Veterans’ Alliance for Security and Democracy

Board of Directors has unanimously voted to endorse your candidacy

for the Twelfth Congressional District of Florida.”

I accept this endorsement with great pride and humility.  Ever since we started our people-powered campaign over two years ago, I have always put national security and veterans’ issues front and center.  My career in the Navy, and certainly my time as a Master Chief, cemented my total commitment to the men and women in uniform and to those who have worn the uniform in the past.

Our campaign is gaining momentum at a phenomenal rate.  Please pledge today – right now – to contribute to our campaign with your time, talent, and treasure.  We need each of the three “T’s.”  Please go to to pledge your support and to let us know how you can help.

While I am extremely pleased to receive the endorsement of the Veterans’ Alliance for Security and Democracy, it won’t mean a thing if we don’t elect a candidate who will always vote in the best interests of the troops and the veterans.  I am that candidate, and you can count on me!

Please contribute today. Good things are happening, and we are well on the way to a win in November.  We must continue to Press The Fight!

Your brother, Doug

Another Day, Another Contest


Last week, our friend, Howie Klein hosted a contest at BlueAmerica.   As a result, TeamTudor’s long-time supporter, Delma Wilson of Winter Haven, won a limited edition Neal Young print.  Our congratulations and appreciation go out to Delma and all of you that participated.

Howie is again offering a very rare musical item to help our grassroots campaign.  Anyone  who contributes at least $25.00 to our campaign in the next 24 hours, will have a chance to win a very rare autographed three-disc greatest hits collection – “Ultimate Isaac Hayes – Can You Dig It?” As you may know, Isaac died in August 2008.  So, how rare and valuable is this offer?  Well, in Howie’s own words, “No one is ever going to get another autograph from Isaac Hayes, unless they meet him in Heaven.”

Okay, game on!  You can earn a chance to win this great prize while helping to support a true grassroots campaign.  For those of you who heard our exciting news last week, we have a three-way general election in November with two Conservatives splitting the right-wing votes.  This nearly assures our victory in November, once we beat our Blue Dog, Conservative opponent in the primary.

I need your support, and I need it now.  Please contribute $25.00 or more in the next 24 hours to get a chance to win this incredible offer.

Thanks to all of you for your continuing support.  Keep pressing the fight!

Game Change – Name Change

Lakeland – In a surprise announcement, Republican congressional candidate Dennis Ross declared his intention today to legally change his name to Jeb Putnam.  Not to be outdone, sometimes-Democrat Lori Edwards followed suit by announcing she will legally change her name to Denise Rosserman-Schultz.  Self-proclaimed Democratic front-runner Doug Tudor could not be reached for comment, as he was hosting a key fundraising event for his campaign.  Sources claim Tudor brought in $34.72 and three HART tokens at the event.

Happy April Fool’s Day, Friends!

Now It’s Law

Summer Ellen "Elle" Tudor


America took an awesome step forward today with President Obama’s signature on the Affordable Health Care for America Act. There are many immediate and near immediate benefits of this legislation, which include:

– Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
– Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
– Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
– Lower seniors prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
– Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
– Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
– Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
– Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
– Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
– Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.

The first of these benefits is of particular and personal importance to me. You see, my daughter, Elle, was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome. She had her first open-heart surgery when she was two days old. She has had two subsequent open-heart surgeries, a brain surgery, and tests and procedures too numerous to recount. Her pre-existing condition was first identified when she was just five months in the womb.

Today, due to the courage of the Democratic majorities in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate and the leadership of President Obama, my daughter will no longer be a second-class citizen due to her pre-existing condition.

I thank the Democratic members of the Democratic Party who voted on behalf of my daughter and so many of our fellow citizens. Nothing would have made me prouder than to have been there with them on Sunday night. You can help me in my fight to return representative democracy to Florida’s 12th Congressional District by contributing here.

By the way, you would never know that Elle has any health issues. She is an intelligent, engaging, active, and beautiful nine-year-old. Oh, and sometimes she is bratty – just like every other nine-year-old.

Your Brother, Doug

Won’t Cost You a Dime


Last week, I told you about Representative Jerry Nadler’s leadership PAC challenge. For some reason, Congressman Nadler decided to postpone the challenge.

Accordingly, I wanted to challenge you in a different way – one that won’t cost you a dime.

TeamTudor is putting together our campaign CD for this year’s race. Please submit your suggestion for songs that should be included on the CD. If you are the first one to suggest a song that makes it onto the CD, you’ll get a free copy of the TUDOR! 2010 CD.

We’ll make our track selections know on Sunday, March 21st. Let the suggestions begin!

Your brother, Doug

Crunch Time


Over the past two years on the campaign trail, I’ve learned that campaigning is much like every other job. There are days when you love your job, and there are days when you become frustrated. Over the past week, I’ve experienced both feelings.

First the good news. Last Friday, a fellow supporter challenged you to match him dollar-for-dollar up to $1,500.00 so that we could lease our first billboard on I-4 in Polk County. Within 72 hours, you met and exceeded that challenge. Thirty members of TeamTudor contributed a total of $1,665.00. You absolutely, positively ROCK!

We also received a couple of frustrations this week. Our primary opponent, Lori Edwards, was listed on the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” top thirteen list. We knew this was coming, but it is still disappointing. Washington politicians and corporate lobbyists are trying to determine who will be the Democratic nominee in FL-12. Despite the hard work and the great showing YOU gave our grassroots campaign in 2008, the DCCC didn’t contact me and didn’t take my calls. They didn’t consult the Chairs of the three Democratic Executive Committees which cover Fl-12. Basically, they didn’t consult the people or the people’s representatives. They decided they knew better than YOU. We will prove them wrong in the August primary.

A second dissapointment came when the local AFL-CIO endorsed Lori. I respect my brothers and sisters in labor, but I know they made the wrong decision. Lori has aligned herself with the Blue Dogs in Congress, and those Blue Dogs do not support labor. Lori’s substandard record in the Florida House in the 1990’s also shows that she does not support labor. I understand they were under pressure from the DCCC and the national and state AFL-CIO, but I had expected them to live up to union standards – leadership from the bottom up. Regardless, I want my friends in labor to know – though you didn’t support me, I will always support you!

Here’s the beauty of YOUR grassroots campaign – we have never been controlled by outside entities, we have never been ruled by wealthy and corporate sponsors, and we have never sacrificed our principles for political gain.

Friends, We are in crunch time. I need your time, talent, and treasure. I need you to take action now – make a contribution, volunteer to talk to your neighbors, write a letter to the editor, forward this note to your email list, and get active. Do it, don’t wait, do it now!
I started this post by saying in the past week, I have experienced mixed emotions. Here’s the bottom line, though: In the past two years, I have never been more energized to prove conventional politics wrong. I have never been more ready to fight the good fight. I have never been more focused on solving the many challenges that are facing our neighbors.

Under Adam Putnam, we have had ten years of conservative non-representation. We cannot allow Washington and corporate lobbyists to force us to endure another FL-12 conservative in the U.S. House.

Thank you for all you have done, for all you are doing, and for all you will do. We are going to win this seat, and this veteran is going to “take the Hill.”

Your brother, Doug

The Challenge Continues


You are awesome!  On Friday, I told you about a dollar-for-dollar challenge that one of our supporters is sponsoring, so that we may put up our first billboard on I-4 in Polk County.  In less than 48 hours, you contributed $925.00.   As our anonymous friend has agreed to match the contributions up to $1,500.00, we have $575.00 to go.  Please help us with this very important challenge.

As you are aware, ours is a grassroots, people-powered campaign.  We rarely have a contributor as generous as the one sponsoring this challenge.  Please help me to ensure that we fully embrace his generosity up to the full pledge of $1,500.00.  Each and every contribution makes a huge difference.  Please consider making a contribution today of $5, $15, $50, or $100.

Our campaign is making great strides, and I am asking you to join with us now!  Whether you have contributed in the past or have yet to make a contribution, please contribute today. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.   Again, you are awesome!

Your Brother, Doug

You Have Been Challenged!


One of our most forward-thinking supporters has issued a challenge to each of you. Though he wishes to remain anonymous for now, the challenge and its result will be very public.

In a nutshell, our supporter said he will match your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $1,500.00 total, so we may lease a billboard on I-4 in Polk County for a period of three months. As you can imagine, this will be a huge boost to our visibility in the period leading up to the August primary.

Please consider contributing to our grassroots, Progressive campaign today. We must take advantage of this very generous offer of matching funds.

Washington insiders and lobbyists are trying to name the Democratic nominee in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, but they forgot to do one thing … check with you and me first. We absolutely, positively cannot allow our two-year fight to restore representative democracy to our home district to be decided by big-money special interests and career politicians from outside the district.

It is time for us to stand up and say, “This is our home, and we’ll make the decisions here!”

Please contribute today. Every contribution, no matter the amount, will make a powerful statement that we will not allow this primary battle to become a Washington coronation. Please consider contributing $25, $50, or $100 today. You may also make a recurring contribution if that better suits your needs and desires.

Thank you for all you do. I am proud to be fighting the good fight on your behalf, and I am humbled by your continuing generosity.

Your brother, Doug