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VoteVets Cheers Walsh Appointment

 ·, Press Release

First ever Iraq Veteran in the Senate a Monumental Moment, Says Vets Group


Helena, MT – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 360,000 supporters, PAC, praised the appointment of Lt. Gov. John Walsh to become Montana’s next Senator, replacing Senator Max Baucus.

“John Walsh will now be the first Iraq veteran to ever serve in the Senate, and you cannot overstate how important that is,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of PAC.  “To have one of our own there means we’ll have someone who understands the plight of today’s veterans, and knows the true cost of wars that are ill-advised and under-planned.  He will be a true advocate, in every sense of the word.”

“John Walsh has the rare mix of experience and service that will make him a fantastic Senator that Montanans can be proud of,” Soltz added.  “From Iraq to Helena, John’s life has been about service to the people of this state and this nation.  Most of all, he’s a straight shooter, in true Montana fashion.  He’ll tell it like it is, in Washington.  Governor Bullock deserves a lot of credit for making this powerful choice.” 

Finally, Soltz warned any political opponents to not attack Walsh’s service, at this time, or during the campaign to permanently fill the Senate seat.

“In recent years, more and more politicians have felt comfortable belittling the service of a veteran, who is opposing them in a race,” Soltz said.  “That cannot be allowed to happen, and it isn’t acceptable to us, the community of veterans.  We’ll be monitoring the news out of Montana, and will be the first in line to take on anyone who attacks John’s service.”

John Walsh is a fourth-generation Montanan from the mining town of Butte. His father was a union pipefitter for the Anaconda Company. His mother was a homemaker. During his freshman year in college, John enlisted in the Montana National Guard, beginning a distinguished 33-year career in military service. He retired as adjutant general of the Guard. And as a battalion commander, he led more than 700 Montanans into combat in Iraq. previously endorsed Walsh’s campaign for the Senate seat, and has donated the maximum allowable amount to his campaign.  For the current election cycle, PAC has given over $85,000 to candidates, and since its inception, over $435,000.  The group has also raised more than $350,000 for candidates, online.

Founded in 2006, the mission of Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support's core mission and beliefs.