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Monday, August 27, 2007

Join Darcy's virtual Town Hall today

Darcy Burner's campaign has released two final video messages for today's event, the details for which are as follows:
To coincide with President Bush's high dollar fundraiser for Republican Congressman Dave Reichert, a supporter of the Iraq surge, the Darcy Burner "Send a Message" virtual town hall on Iraq will be live-streamed on Monday afternoon (Aug. 27) at 3 pm PST. Democrat Darcy Burner, a candidate for congress in Washington State's 8th Congressional District, will be joined by the following participants:

Moderator Joan McCarter -- Writing under the pseudonym "mcjoan" at DailyKos, where she is also a fellow, Joan is one of the best known and respected voices in the blogosphere. She writes regularly about the Iraq War, campaign strategy and other issues, and recently co-moderated the YearlyKos presidential candidates’ debate in Chicago. She is currently working on a book about the politics of the American West.

Jon Soltz -- the co-founder and chairman of, Jon is a veteran of the Iraq War, where he served as a captain with the 1st Armored Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His considered one of the country's most authoritative voices on veterans and military issues and is a regular contributor to the MSNBC program "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann. He also blogs on military and veterans issues at the Huffington Post.

Navy Capt. Larry Seaquist (ret.) -- a former US naval officer, Captain Seaquist commanded a number of warships including the battleship USS IOWA during his distinguished 32-year career. He also served as a senior security strategist in the Pentagon including an appointment as the Director of Policy Research in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During the period leading up to the Gulf War he was Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. He currently serves in the Washington State legislature and writes regularly for major newspapers and defense journals.

Lorin Walker -- serves as vice-president of VetPac, a political action committee dedicated to electing candidates who preserve the values for which veterans have served, fought and died. She is the daughter of Captain Bruce C. Walker USAF, MIA 1972. A resident of Washington State, she is active in veterans affairs and Democratic politics and works at Microsoft.

Professor Clark Lombardi -- teaches comparative law at the University of Washington and is an expert on Islamic legal systems. He recently returned from a trip to Iraq, and speaks knowledgably about the difficulties the United States faces in Iraq in creating effective civil institutions that are critical to the functioning of a stable and effective democracy.

Major General Paul D. Eaton (ret.), who went ot Iraq in 2003 to lead the effort to recreate the Iraqi military from scratch and who since his retirement has stepped forward to speak plainly about the Bush administration's incompetence in conducting the Iraq War and callousness in treating its active duty forces and veterans, is unable to attend in person but has submitted a video statement for the "Send a Message" virtual town hall. The same is true of former Ambassador to Iraq Joe Wilson, a netroots hero who was one of the first voices to speak out in exposing the administration's efforts to falsely hype the Iraqi regime's efforts to acquire nuclear materials in the run-up to the war.
We're up to $93,707 in the Burn Bush fundraising drive, which is a pretty impressive figure. Still, we're not at a hundred grand yet. Help us get there by giving Darcy your most generous donation today.

Darcy is someone who stands shoulder to shoulder with all of us and believes deeply in the traditional American values shared by her fellow citizens in the 8th District and those of us in the progressive movement.

By demonstrating that she's worthy of your investment, you help send a message about the strength and the advent of people powered politics.

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