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Crunch Time

Friends,

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

Friends,

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!

Friends,

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

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

Tonight’s Election Results

Friends,

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.

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

The Way Ahead

As we head into the holiday season, I am remindful of the many blessings my family and I have enjoyed over the past year. Good health, sound employment, and a bright future grace my family, and I hope that you are equally blessed.

In my opinion, this is the hope of America. No matter the circumstances faced by any individual or group of individuals, America always has a brighter tomorrow. Now let me be very clear, that brighter future is not assured by destiny or by any sort of magic quotient. It is assured by the sheer determination and guts of Americans themselves. In other words, America works, its institutions work, and we have 200 years of experience which show they work.

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As we go into 2010, we have a number of issues that must be faced. Some of these issues – warfare, economy, education – are ongoing and require a continuing reevaluation of our basic interests, common values, and best determinations. They are by no means easy issues.

Here is what I believe we can agree upon, though. Our national security interests are ill served by non-defined and never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With clearly defined missions and well-defined end-states in these two conflicts, America has the best chance of continuing to be the world’s leader in not only military matters, but diplomatic matters. Once America firmly determines its role in the world community, it will not only be in America’s best interest, it will be in the world’s best interest.

The above rationale also will serve us well in economic matters. As we have seen since the start of the Great Recession in December 2007, when America’s economy falters, the world’s economy falters. In my opinion, there is only one way to correct the many faults in our economic systems – regulation. Now, I don’t believe regulation has to be an overarching burden to innovation, entrepreneurship, or grand ideas. I do believe that regulation should keep excessive risk-taking from putting us all in danger. As a friend of mine told me, “Corporate regulations are like guardrails on the highway. The vast majority of us never need them, but if you hit one, you’re glad you didn’t go over the bridge.”

On matters of education, I truly believe that America must absolutely, positively make education our number one long-term domestic priority. Let me rephrase that: We have to invest time, treasure, and talent into our nation’s overall educational goals. When we talk about education, we can’t just talk about K-12, we must also talk about continuing education. We have to talk about vocational education, continuing education, and advanced education. Yes, we must target disadvantaged children for early help. We must understand that not all students will be college bound, and we must do everything possible to ensure that our colleges and universities are the finest in the world. That will require a national commitment to our nation’s future.

This has been a long post, but I wanted you to have a better feel for what I believe are the important issues we face as a nation.

Here’s the rub, though. My conservative opponents in the FL-12 race are very well funded. They are collecting tens of thousands of lobbyists’ checks from the insurance and financial service industries. These industries, of course, are opposed to our progressive ideals. To a person, each of my conservative opponents are showing they are willing to be cast as totally bought by those industries which are opposed to the Progressive agenda.

If you able, please contribute to my grassroots campaign today. I need your help. My conservative opponents are garnering thousands of dollars from those industries that are opposed to us. My secret weapon is you. Please Contribute Today!

Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas. I have no doubt that 2010 is going to be a great year for America. I look forward to continuing to press the fight, making the argument, and winning our election. Please join us by Contributing Today

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.

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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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