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If you could conjure out of the air the best possible Democratic candidate to run for Congress in a competitive race, in the Heartland of America, what life would you have them lead? What values would you have them stand for?

This background, perhaps:

•The son of 7 generations of farmers who bought his own farm right out of college with money he saved from working as a union welder;
•An Air Force pilot who flew the U-2 spy plane, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the prestigious Kolligian Trophy for risking his life to save the aircraft;
•A Brigadier General in the Air Force who commanded the first B-2 Stealth Bomber squadron, helped train Afghani soldiers to protect their country, and successfully managed a budget of over $3 billion; and
•A member of President Obama’s National Security Council who helped to bring about the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

These values, perhaps:
•Maturity, not childish antics;
•Caring for our working class and seniors, not degrading them;
•Honest and thoughtful discourse, not Tea Party-fueled extremism.

If, like me, you think such a candidate for Congress would be a dream come true – well, dream no more.

Brigadier General Jonathan George is running for Congress – and he needs our help to serve our country once more.

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a personal message from General George, the first of a weekly series he will be making as a candidate:

"Americans Do Great Things When We Do Then Together." (About 2 minutes long)

Some highlights from the video:

- The General explicitly states that he's proud to be a Democrat and to support our Party's values.
- He talks about how, as part Comanche, the federal government helped him get through college through grants and assistance for Native Americans.
- He notes, with pride, that he was card-carrying union member as a welder.

Jonathan George set aside a remarkable 30-year career of military service  - including a promotion to higher rank - to come home to Indiana’s 9th Congressional District and run against Tea Party-backed Republican Todd Young.

When I found out he was running for Congress, I was excited by the thought of this man as a candidate. Then, when I got to know more about him, as I have in recent weeks, I realized that he would not be just a great candidate, but a great Congressman. This district, once served with distinction by another American hero, Democrat Lee Hamilton, deserves nothing less than a great Representative. They will get one in General George.

I truly believe Jonathan George is the kind of Congressman that all of us will be cheering for to win, and that all of us will proudly support as a member of Congress. There are many good Democrats running for Congress in 2012, and they deserve our thanks and support as well. By donating to General George’s campaign before the curtain falls on 2011, I am quite willing to say, you will be making your contribution count in more ways than one.

Not only will you help elect an American hero who will help turn Congress a good shade of blue once more, but you will also be adding a remarkable statesman to the ranks of the House of Representatives.

This is an opportunity that none of us can afford to miss. I urge you to join me in donatingto General Jonathan George’s campaign for Congress before Saturday at midnight.

Trust me – you’ll be glad you did!

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "We are the leaders we've been waiting for." - Paul Wellstone

    by MrLiberal on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:28:16 AM PST

  •  Let me know what YOU think (3+ / 0-)

    Just to be clear, I am not employed by General George's campaign. I did, however reach out to the General's staff to inform them I was writing this article.

    They were kind enough to let us, at DailyKos, be the first to see the video clip in the article.

    "We are the leaders we've been waiting for." - Paul Wellstone

    by MrLiberal on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:30:46 AM PST

  •  One criticism, It was difficult to figure out (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, fearlessfred14

    whre and for what office he is running for. Apparently a House seat in southern Indiana? Does he have a realistic chance? Is there a GOP encumbent?

    •  He's running in the 9th CD (1+ / 0-)
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      DEMonrat ankle biter

      against Todd Young. Young defeated Baron Hill last year. The district moved to the right in redistricting. I'm not sure if it will be competitive, but if it is George will probably be our only chance for a while. By the end of the decade the district will be more favorable to us, based on growth from Bloomington and probable stagnation in the southern Indy suburbs.

      20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:47:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  My apologies (1+ / 0-)
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      DEMonrat ankle biter

      He's running for Congress in Indiana-9, which is in the south next to the Kentucky border.

      Redistricting made it ever-so-slightly more Republican, but it's still very competitive on the federal level and can definitely be won by a candidate like George.

      The incumbent is 1-term Republican Todd Young, who ousted Baron Hill in the GOP wave last cycle.

      "We are the leaders we've been waiting for." - Paul Wellstone

      by MrLiberal on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 07:49:56 AM PST

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    •  IN-09 (0+ / 0-)

      In 2010, Republican Todd Young knocked off the Democratic incumbent, conservative Blue Dog Baron Hill, by 11 points.  2011 redistricting made this district decidedly redder, going from R+6 to R+9.  Even with a strong conservadem running, it will be difficult to take this seat back anytime soon.

  •  He's got a great profile... (0+ / 0-)

    And I'd like to believe he can win. But I'm not sure a realistic path to the majority runs through Republican-held R+9 districts.

    Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 12:23:53 PM PST

  •  He came to a Democratic Precinct (0+ / 0-)

    meeting that I was at. He has a long way to go as far as candidate skills. His opponent Robert Winningham seems to be working the people that will vote in the primaries much harder right now.

    "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

    by SouthernINDem on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 02:32:57 PM PST

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