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New and Improved Website

Friends,

The momentum of our campaign is growing exponentially.  We are proud to unveil our new, improved, and winning website.  Please give us your feedback.

Our new website will allow us to take our campaign to return representative democracy to Florida’s 12th District to a new level.  As you look around the site, I think you will be impressed by the many contact tools and networking opportunities.

As our campaign has continued to grow, we knew that our website also needed to grow.  We were very lucky to join forces with ServeBlue.  ServeBlue is a campaign branding and marketing company that integrates social networking technology into political campaigns for progressive candidates.  Their team of designers, writers, bloggers, and social networking specialists become internet canvassers by utilizing onsite and third party social media to raise awareness, increase contributions, and promote issues consistent with our campaign’s message.  That is how ServeBlue is Powering Progressive Campaigns, and we are very proud to partner with them. In plain English, ServeBlue knows how to help winning campaigns win campaigns.

Our campaign is growing on a daily basis, and we invite you to join us. As I have said at every stop for over two years, we need your time, talent, and treasure.  Please join us tonight: whether you are contributing time, talent, or treasure – Please Contribute “Liberally.”

If you have never contributed to our campaign, please do so now.

If you are a committed supporter, I am asking you to once again contribute. Every contribution — $5.00, $25.00, or $100.00 – will allow us to spread our progressive message throughout this 2,000 square-mile district.  We need your help, and I know I can count on you. Please Contribute Now!

In less than nine months, voters in our district will choose a new Representative.  This is our best chance in 10 years to send a working man to the people’s house.  Please do not let this chance pass us by.  Please Contribute Now!

I am proud to be your candidate; I will be proud to be your nominee once again; and I will make you proud as your Representative.

Thank you for all you have done, are doing, and will do.

Your brother, Doug

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The Tudor Family and all of TeamTudor thank you for all you have done for our progressive, grassroots campaign over the past year. We look forward to working even harder with you in 2010 as we turn Florida’s 12th Congressional District blue.

Please consider making a contribution to help us close out 2009. Every dollar is appreciated, and every dollar helps to bring us closer to achieving the true change needed by the young, the working families, and the elderly in our district.

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Tomorrow night, I hope you celebrate the many accomplishments we achieved together in this past year. There’s more work to do, but that can wait for a few days.

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Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and I’ll see you on the other side of the celebration.

Your brother, Doug

One Year Later

Friends,

One year ago tonight, I had very mixed emotions. On the one hand, I was elated that America had elected Barack Obama as President, and I was proud of the part my campaigning had played in that victory. On the other hand, my own campaign for Congress had fallen short.

The next day, I sent a note to my supporters and posted a blog which congratulated America for rejecting fear, for embracing hope, and for choosing progress. After ten months of the Obama Administration, I have full confidence that America made the right decision. We must continue the great strides President Obama has made to fix our economy, to correct our foreign policy, and to reverse the damage conservatives did to America.

I thought you might enjoy reading my election night blog from last year. This will absolutely, positively be the last time I look at the 2008 election. With an open seat in Florida’s 12th Congressional District before us, we have to concentrate on 2010 and moving our great country forward.

Please join with us now to finish the work we began in 2008. Please Contribute Now!.

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Friends,

I am so very proud of our country today. Last night, tens of millions of our neighbors and friends chose hope over fear. Last night, America decided to embrace the future instead of clinging to the past. Last night, we really did choose progress.

  • Today, 47 million uninsured and underinsured have hope for a better tomorrow.
  • Today, millions of seniors have hope that our health care system will finally be fixed.
  • Today, our troops in the field have hope that their mission in Iraq will finally come to a close.
  • Today, parents and children alike have hope that our educational system can be reformed.
  • Today, all working families have hope that our economy can be transfixed into one that rewards work instead of wealth.
  • Today, our friends in labor know they will have a friend in the White House.

Last night, I spoke with Congressman Putnam. He asked me to pass his congratulations to you on a well-run, grass-roots campaign. He said you should be proud of the work you’ve done. I thanked him for his service to our nation.

Finally, I want to thank each of you. Individually and en masse you embraced this political newcomer. You allowed me to practice my stump speech over and over, though you had heard it so many times that most of you could probably recite it in your sleep. You opened your homes and your check books. You gave of your time, and you gave from your heart. I would have been very proud to call myself your representative.

You should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished during this election season. Your hard work, your dedication, and your perseverance are a credit to your patriotism and your belief in the electoral process.

I thank you. I am proud of you. I stand in awe of you. Thank you for all you did for this campaign, and for all that you will continue to do for our great country.

Your brother, Doug

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Birthday Reflections

Friends,

Today is my 47th birthday. Nowadays for me, birthdays are less a time for celebration, but more of a time for reflection. This one seems to be especially so.

I’ve often heard the axiom that once you are called to serve, you cannot do anything but serve. I know this to be as true as anything I have ever learned. There have been many times during my decades of service, both in and out of uniform, where I became disheartened, disoriented, and disenchanted. Nevertheless, I knew I had to shake it off and get back to business.

In the past month, some of these same emotions have surfaced. I attended a healthcare town hall where the most vocal and obnoxious opponents of a strong public option were the very same people who may very well benefit the most from that same strong public option. I also spoke in length with a truck driver who railed against unions as he made $10 per hour, whereas Teamster drivers are able to live a middle-class life. Lastly, I am watching our nation’s majority party seemingly willing to capitulate to a minority party whose Congressional approval ratings are in the single digits.

Am I frustrated? Sometimes. Am I willing to bend, bow, or concede? Never!

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Any political scientist worth his or her salt will tell you that a midterm election for an incumbent President will result in the loss of seats in the House and Senate. There are historical exceptions, but that’s why they are called exceptions.

One of the areas where there is not as conclusive during midterm elections regards open seats. The U.S. House seat in Florida’s 12th Congressional District in 2010 will be an open seat. The voters here will decide whether to embrace the progressive vision for which they voted in 2008, or reject that vision for the failed conservative policies of the past 30 years.

Unfortunately, the Democratic voters of Florida’s 12th Congressional District will have that opportunity only once. That opportunity is during the August 2010 Democratic Primary between me and Lori Edwards. If Mrs. Edwards prevails in August, the only choices in November will be conservative or conservative.

I am asking you today – my birthday – to help me define the struggle we have within our party.

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I am a pragmatic progressive. I have conservative credentials and a progressive heart. Our 2008 campaign in FL-12 showed that a progressive Democrat, who didn’t try to be Republican-lite, could earn more votes and a higher voter percentage than any other Democrat who has ever ran in this district. With an open seat and a seriously flawed presumptive Republican nominee, we Progressives can win this seat. We can strengthen the Democratic majority with a real Democrat, who will actually cast votes that advance our progressive ideals. We can put a working man in the House to represent working families.

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One of the reasons I fight the hard fight is because I know it has to be fought. As I told you earlier, once you are called to serve, your only option is to keep serving. When I retired from the U.S. Navy in February 2008, I left one of the most secure jobs in America during one of the most serious economic crises in 60 years. I did so because the House’s third-ranking Republican, Adam Putnam, needed to be challenged. His horrible non-representation of our district had to be exposed and none of the so-called credible Democrats were willing to fight the fight.

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I ran in 2008 as a candidate of conviction. I do so in 2010. My Democratic opponent now runs for an open seat as a candidate of convenience. She also did so for the open FL-12 2000 seat, before she quit the race.

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You can help us defeat the politics of status quo by contributing now. I certainly thank you for your birthday present to our progressive grassroots campaign.

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Your Brother, Doug