State Senator Jeff Denham, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Assemblyman Paul Cook Among Honorary Chairs
SAN DIEGO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today met with veterans at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park, where she launched Veterans for Carly and named Lieutenant Commander Paul Chabot statewide coalition chair.
"I am honored to serve as chair of Veterans for Carly because Carly Fiorina understands that protecting our nation is government's first priority. As a member of the U.S. Senate, Carly will stand up for the interests of our men and women in uniform and of those of us who served before them," said Chabot. "Barbara Boxer has repeatedly disrespected members of our military and has on multiple occasions voted against funding for our troops in times of war. That's why I will fight to defeat her this November and replace her with Carly Fiorina."
Also named today were Veterans for Carly Southern District Chair retired Army Specialist Tom Garcia, Northern District Chair retired Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Charlie Waters, Central District Chair retired Marine Corps Captain Joseph de los Santos and Honorary Chairs Senator Jeff Denham, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Assemblyman Paul Cook, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Orson Swindle, retired Navy Commander Everett Alvarez and retired Navy Vice Admiral Ed Martin. Statewide Volunteer Chair Chuck McDougald, a retired captain in the U.S. Army, will also serve as a senior advisor to Veterans for Carly. Fiorina also announced having earned the endorsement of 61 other veterans who have joined the veterans coalition supporting her campaign for U.S. Senate.
"During her 28 years in Washington, Barbara Boxer has consistently failed to stand up for the brave men and women who are willing to lay their very lives on the line to protect this great country. The fact that a veteran has to wait, on average, 158 days for a benefit claim to be processed or that young veterans face an unemployment rate of 30 percent here in California is simply unacceptable," said Fiorina. "Our nation's veterans have sacrificed much so that we Americans can enjoy the privileges of pursuing life, liberty and happiness. It is now our duty to continue fighting to protect those freedoms for future generations by championing policies to support these veterans and to ensure a stronger more secure nation for our children and grandchildren. And that begins by firing Barbara Boxer this November."
Barbara Boxer's record of opposing support for our troops and demonstrating a lack of respect for our men and women serving in uniform includes:
Repeatedly Opposing Defense Spending Bills, Including Legislation That Provided Billions Of Dollars For Body Armor And Defense Health Programs
In 2007, Boxer Was One Of Only 14 Senators To Vote Against Supplemental Funding For The War In Iraq And Afghanistan. (H.R. 2206, CQ Vote #181: Passed 80-14: R 42-3; D 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea)
NOTE: The Iraq Emergency Spending Bill That Boxer Voted Against Provided:
- $1.6 Billion For Body Armor
- $2.4 Billion To Help Combat IEDs
- $3 Billion For Mine Resistant Vehicles
- $3 Billion For Defense Health Programs, Including Funding For The Treatment Of Soldiers Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Brain Trauma Injury (House And Senate Committees On Appropriations, "Summary Of The Fiscal 2007 Supplemental Funding Legislation," Press Release, 5/24/07)
The Bill Also Included Funds For The Maintenance And Operation Of Equipment, Defense Health Programs, And Increased Imminent Danger Pay. ("Highlights Of Iraq, Afghanistan Measures," The Associated Press, 10/17/03; Senate Republican Policy Committee, "Funding For Our Men And Women In The Armed Forces," S. 1689, 2/04)
Disrespecting Members Of The Military On Multiple Occasions:
"During A Committee Hearing In June, Boxer Upbraided A Brigadier General For Calling Her 'Ma'am' Rather Than 'Senator.'" (Lisa Lerer and Manu Raju, "Dems Raise Concerns About Boxer," Politico, 7/23/09)
Boxer Was One Of Only 25 Senators Who Voted Against Condemning A MoveOn.Org Ad Against General David Petraeus. (HR 1585, CQ Vote #344: Passed 72-25: R 49-0; D 22-24; I 1-1, 9/20/07, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea)
- In A Full Page Ad In The New York Times, MoveOn.Org Claimed That Gen. Petraeus Was "Cooking The Books" And Called Him "General Betray Us." (Peter Wuetherich, "Petraeus: Battle-Hardened General On The Frontlines In Iraq," Agence France Presse, 9/10/07)