Beltway Happenings
September 27, 2006--Speaking at a VETPAC event with about a dozen Democratic candidates who are veterans, Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) predicted Democratic success in the 2006 midterm elections.  "This is going to be a tsunami," Murtha said.  Murtha, who has represented the 12th District in Pennsyvlania since 1974 and who had a 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, attracted national attention with his November 27, 2005 speech in which he declared, "The war in Iraq is not going as advertised.  It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."  According to VETPAC's mission statement, "We are searching for national leadership that will help us rescue America's future from policies that threaten our national security, our civil liberties, and our country's economy." 
Eric Massa is running against freshman Rep. Randy Kuhl in New York's 29th CD (Rochester/Corning).
Andrew Duck is running against seven-term incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in Maryland's 6th CD (Western MD).
Jay Fawcett is running against state Sen. Doug Lamborn in Colorado's open 5th CD (Colorado Springs).
Congressman Murtha makes a point.  

At the far right is Phil Avillo, who is running against Rep. Todd Platts in Pennsylvania's 19th CD (York).  Avillo flew nearly 70 combat missions in Vietnam and is now a college professor.  He decided to run in late summer 2005 because he "couldn't allow the incumbent to go unchallenged."  Avillo says he can win by getting support of crossovers and independents.


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