Saturday, August 25, 2007

Help Draft An Iraq Vet to Challenge Mitch McConnell

The Draft Andrew Horne effort is up and running, having acquired more than 50 signatures on its petition in the first week.

Whether leading his troops as a Marine officer into combat in Kuwait and Iraq, giving strength and support to his wife as she successfully fought breast cancer, or volunteering as a coach for his sons’ soccer teams, Lt. Colonel Horne has defined himself by the values of duty and honor.

Horne's first and only run for public office ended in a primary loss last year to John Yarmuth, who went on to beat Third Congressional District Rep. Anne Northup. Horne is unknown outside Louisville and Kentucky's small but determined community of Progressives, and he has no access to the piles of money some other potential candidates can tap.

But as BluegrassRoots put it:
Horne matches up ideally against McConnell. McConnell won't be able to smear him for standing up to Bush on Iraq, at least not successfully. If McConnell tries to call a 27 year Marine and Iraq veteran a wimpy cut-and-runner terrorist appeasing Defeatocrat for opposing a very unpopular war, it will be suicide.
Horne also doesn't have many of the flaws that other candidates have, particularly with past scandals or social standing/perception.

Horne has also spent the last year speaking publicly and passionately against the Bush/Cheney maladministration and the catastrophe in Iraq. What he lacks in name recognition he makes up in credibility.

No rich-as-Croesus, politically perfect White Knight is going to ride up and effortlessly smash Mitch. It's going to be a long, hard slog, one donor and voter at a time, to unseat the U.S. Senate Minority Leader.

Help us persuade Andrew Horne to accept this mission for his country by signing the petition.