Friday, May 16, 2008

Marine Corp vet receives heavy political endorsements in his run for Congress

May 16, 2008
News Release – For Immediate Release
Contact: Lachlan McIntosh (843) 452-3726

Mayor Bob Coble and other Democratic Leaders Endorse Rob Miller for Congress

Beaufort, SC – Today, Democratic leaders from across the Second Congressional District of South Carolina endorsed Rob Miller's campaign for Congress. Miller, who is running to bring new leadership and new ideas to Washington, is an Iraq War veteran who completed 13 years of service with the US Marine Corps in February.

"Since leaving the Marines a few months ago, I've been traveling across the district speaking with as many voters as I can about bringing jobs to our area and improving education. It is an honor to have the support of these well-regarded leaders of the Democratic Party and of our state," Miller said.

Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said that Miller will bring a fresh perspective to the job: "Rob Miller represents a new generation of leadership that America needs," Coble said.

State Senator Brad Hutto said his decision to support Miller is based on Miller's platform to help recruit jobs to the district: "Rob is my choice because of his commitment to bring new jobs to our area. We need a fighter in Washington who will work hard for the Second District," Hutto said.

Orangeburg County Auditor Roger Cleckley pointed to Miller's ability to defeat the Republican incumbent in November as a reason for his endorsement: "Rob is the guy who can win in the Fall and we'll finally have a Democrat representing the Second District," Cleckley said.

Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said Miller's service to his country was a key factor in his decision: "Rob Miller is our best shot at winning the Second District in November. He served our country with honor in Iraq and will do so in the United States Congress," Harpootlian said.

Those endorsing Miller today include:

State Representative Bill Bowers - Hampton County
Hon. Bob Coble – Mayor of Columbia
Hon. Roger Cleckley – Auditor, Orangeburg County
State Representative Jerry Govan – Orangeburg County
Hon. Dick Harpootlian – Former Chairman of the SC Democratic Party and 5th Circuit Solicitor (Columbia)
Hon. W. Brantley Harvey Jr. – Former SC Lt. Governor (Beaufort)
State Senator Brad Hutto – Allendale, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties


I realize my endorsement of Rob Miller does not begin to equal the weight of men like Dick Harpootlian, and Mayor Coble or the Honorable W. Brantley Harvey Jr. Former SC Lt Governor or State Senator Brad Hutto, but as a 100% disabled Army Infantry Staff Sergeant, I am proud to stand and endorse Rob Miller for Congressman from the Second District of South Carolina, the citizens of the Second District deserve a Congressman that is not a rubber stamp for the Republican administration, we need representation for all South Carolinians. This is a very patriotic state and we have a high number of military veterans and many military bases in this state, but us Democrats and Independents need leadership that stands for us and with us, rather than the rubber stamp the Bush/Cheney decisions as Congressman Wilson has done since 2001.

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