Thursday, December 15, 2005

Iraq war vet running for US Congress in Ky

Props to AmericaBlog. Looking forward to seeing this guy run. I think Northrup is probably vulnerable, and hope he can take her down.

Iraq War Vet to Challenge Northrup in Ky.

Wed Dec 14,11:15 PM ET

Iraq war veteran on Wednesday announced that he will run against U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, saying he's unhappy with President Bush's handling of the conflict.

Andrew Horne, 44, said Northup has been a staunch supporter of Bush's Iraq policy and has "become nothing but a rubber stamp" for her fellow Republican.

Horne, a Louisville attorney who returned home from Iraq last spring after a seven-month stint, said he didn't see any progress in making Iraq more secure.

"It became a realization that we are less safe than we were, not more safe," said Horne, who as a Marine Reserve officer spent months working with Iraqi security forces and helping with reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.

If he gains his party's nomination, the political newcomer will face a well-financed GOP incumbent who defeated her last challenger by 22 percentage points in 2004.

Northup, a prolific fundraiser in her fifth term in the Louisville-area district, "seems to be more interested in supporting the agendas of people who gave her money," Horne said.

Northup aide Terry Carmack sidestepped any direct mention of Horne, saying: "Whoever the Democrats nominate, we look forward to a spirited campaign on the issues."

Good luck, Mr. Horne, and thank you for your service. Hope you can shake things up a bit and make people think.

by Robster @ 12/15/2005 11:39:00 AM PERMALink