VoteVets Endorses Colonel Applegate For Congress


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October 10, 2016

VoteVets Endorses Applegate for Congress

On behalf of its 450,000 veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, VoteVets PAC is endorsing Doug Applegate for Congress, today, in California’s 49th District. 

“Doug Applegate is exactly what we need in Congress right now,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.  “Decades of service to America, a deep understanding of the challenges we face, and a seriousness needed to confront them are what Doug brings to the table.  Contrast this with Darrell Issa, who has officially joined Donald Trump’s security team.  Issa has decided that Donald Trump’s untold ‘secret plan’ to defeat ISIS is serious.  Issa has decided that Trump’s call to “bomb the bleep” out of the Middle East is responsible.  Issa has decided that letting everyone get their hands on nukes is the responsible path forward.  That is not what we need in Washington.  These are serious times, and we need someone serious, like Doug Applegate, not a Trump shill, like Darrell Issa.”

Doug Applegate grew up in a working-class neighborhood just outside of Dayton, Ohio and was the first member of his family to attend college. In 1974, Doug joined the United States Marine Corps, just months before the fall of Saigon. Initially, Doug served as an Infantry Officer, then went on to become a Judge Advocate. From there, Doug has had a successful career as both a small business owner and an attorney, while continuing to serve his country in the Marine Corps Reserve. Doug retired from the Marines in 2006 after 32 years of service, both active and reserve. Doug has lived and worked in the 49th Congressional District for over 30 years and has raised his family there.

Darrell Issa is an official member of Donald Trump’s security team, as seen in this press release from the Trump campaign:


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