You may recall the recent fact-challenged attack letter about Mary Beth Harrell that Rep. John Carter sent to constituents. Well, Harrell isn't taking this lying down, and she's got plenty of support for that. As Eye on Williamson reports, seven Democratic Congressional candidates from Texas, all of whom are veterans and members of the Fighting Dems, will be joining Harrell for a rally tomorrow in Georgetown. A press release on the rally is beneath the fold.
(Georgetown) In an unprecedented show of support, seven military veterans running for U.S. Congress across Texas are taking time from their busy campaign schedules to stand in solidarity with fellow Congressional candidate and Killeen Attorney Mary Beth Harrell, whose oldest boy is currently serving in Iraq. Harrell was recently attacked by her opponent, John Carter, in a fundraising letter.
These seven veterans were so outraged by the attack that they called for this press conference to repudiate the false claims made against Harrell.
Texas Congressional candidate, Vietnam Veteran and Retired Naval Aviator, Charlie Thompson (TX-5), said "He [Carter] has some nerve attacking Mary Beth when he has never served in the military and she has spent her life supporting those who served. Her husband, Bob, served his country for 23 years in the Army, their oldest boy, Rob, is in Baghdad, and their youngest is also serving on active duty. We have got to put a stop to this nasty campaign against Mary Beth right now."
The other members of the Texas Congressional Delegation of Candidates who will attend the press conference include: Ted Ankrum of Brenham, John Courage of San Antonio, David T. Harris of Arlington, Roger Waun of Wichita Falls, Dan Dodd of McKinney, and Rick Bolanos of El Paso.
Texas Congressional Candidate and Vietnam Veteran, Ted Ankrum, stated, "As an Army wife and mom, Mary Beth shares our values. She understands the sacrifice and dedication of soldiers and family members. "
"Congress must do more than just talk about supporting our troops. They must take action."Harrell will publish her "Soldiers, Families and Veterans Action Agenda," at the press conference.
WHAT: Announcement of the "Soldiers, Families & Veterans Action Agenda"
WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 2 p.m.
WHO: U.S. Congressional Candidate Mary Beth Harrell & the Texas "Band of Brothers"