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More news on Anthony Woods, who is running in the special election in California’s 10th Congressional District to replace the outgoing Rep. Ellen Tauscher. As the debate around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and health care reform intensifies, in an op-ed in the Washington Blade, DC-based freelance writer and gay activist Jeff Marootian describes Woods as "a rare candidate running in a unique period in American history."
Woods is among a rising class of America’s next generation of leaders. Educated at West Point and Harvard, he is a former captain in the U.S. Army who served tours of duty in Iraq and received the Bronze Star. In Iraq, he oversaw 81 men, all of whom returned home safe and sound. After returning from serving his country, he faced firsthand the discrimination of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and was honorably discharged for coming out.
Truly there could be no better advocate in the fight for equality on the Hill on this and so many other important social issues. It is fitting that he would replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who introduced legislation to repeal "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." His military leadership would bring additional credibility to the Democratic Party on the issues of national defense, and a welcome young veteran’s perspective to the House Armed Services Committee if he were to replace Tauscher as a member.
He is a rare candidate running in a unique period in American history. His election would be a tremendous step forward for California and for the country, and an assurance to further progress on the issues so significant to us all.
In related news: Earlier this week Woods participated in a debate among the 11 candidates hoping to replace Tauscher. KCBS Radio reports Anthony Woods took aim "at the more seasoned politicians in the field. 'It’s time to start sending a different generation of leaders to start solving those problems,' said Woods. 'Time and time again we keep sending career politicians to these seats, and then we’re disappointed when we realize that nothing changes.' "