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Elsewhere In The State: Northwest Indiana Mayors Endorse Schellinger

Approved_2 While Jill Long Thompson was talking ethics at the Statehouse today, her Democratic primary opponent, Jim Schellinger, was picking up a few more endorsements in Northwest Indiana.

Crown Point Mayor David Uran, Portage Mayor Olga Velazquez and District 19 State Representative Shelli VanDenburgh gave Schellinger their stamp of approval at a press conference today.

Blue Indiana reports that Schellinger also put out a statement about the five-year anniversary of our invasion into Iraq:

"The costs of this war have been high. More than 100 Hoosier soldiers have lost their lives fighting this war, but they live on in the memories of their loved ones and as symbols of the ultimate sacrifice made by some to protect us all. Today, we reflect on those who have served long months away from their families, giving up so much to put their lives on the line.

"We pray for their safe and speedy return, that they may once again tuck in their children, kiss their spouses and plant their feet firmly each morning on American soil."

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"...just because you hate the war does not mean you should hate our troops..."

Way to spin... never said I hate our troops.

I respect and honor all the women and men who serve but also recognize that the greatest injustice to them is to diminish the fact that they do so despite the falsehoods!

Thanks!

I should have posted the whole thing, which I received from the campaign yesterday. Here it is:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Candace Martin, (317) 440-9919
candace@jimschellinger.com

Jim Schellinger commemorates five-year anniversary of Iraq war

INDIANAPOLIS – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger issued the following statement commemorating today’s five-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq:

“Politicians spend a lot of time debating whether the war is right or wrong and what we should do going forward, but as we mark this point in time, I want to make sure we focus on commemorating the actions of the brave men and women who’ve proudly served our nation in the Middle East.

“The costs of this war have been high. More than 100 Hoosier soldiers have lost their lives fighting this war, but they live on in the memories of their loved ones and as symbols of the ultimate sacrifice made by some to protect us all.“Today, we reflect on those who have served long months away from their families, giving up so much to put their lives on the line.

“We pray for their safe and speedy return, that they may once again tuck in their children, kiss their spouses and plant their feet firmly each morning on American soil.

“I also want to send special wishes to the men and women of the Indiana National Guard's 76th Brigade Infantry Combat Team, who recently departed for a tour of duty in the war zone. We admire them for their courage, we honor them for their service and we embrace them as family as they represent Indiana halfway around the world.”

Schellenger's statement appears to be thoughtful and genuine. Not everything about the Iraq war needs to be steeped in partisan vitriol.

Maybe I'm dense but I couldn't find the full text of his statement on his website, or anywhere else (I'm always leery of excerpts). If anyone knows where it is, please post a link.

i think this was a good statement because it points out the cost of the war AND supports our troops.
just because you hate the war does not mean you should hate our troops...there are thousands of hoosiers fighting over there and they need to know they are part of our family and we care about them.
there are times to act like a gov and times to be a partisan...jim acts like a gov

"...but they live on in the memories of their loved ones and as symbols of the ultimate sacrifice made by some to protect us all."

Five years later and Schellinger continues to perpetuate the Bush/Cheney protect-us-all LIE ... what a guy!

That is about as spineless a statement about the Iraq tragedy as you can get. How about saying, "The costs of this terribly immoral war have been much too high. More than 100 Hoosier soldiers have lost their lives fightine in war based on lies . . ."

But I guess we couldn't expect much more from an ally of Evan Bayh.

Yeah, because nothing says "change is coming!" like Lake County Democrats.

Shel needs an endorsement from former E.C. mayor, Robert Pastrick. He was a long-time favorite of Evan Bayh and God-Father of the Lake Co. Dem Party.

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