Dateline - Wooster, Ohio
Here in the Buckeye state where the campaigns are tighter than a Nancy Pelosi face-lift, MAFPAC's efforts in the Congressional race have not gone unnoticed in the media.
Schuring gets support from pro-troop organization
By David DeWitt
State Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-Jackson Township) has recieved the endorsement of a pro-troop group called Move America Forward's Freedom PAC in his bid to represent the 16th Congressional district.
Melanie Morgan, Chairman of Move America Forward, and Debbie Lee, Gold Star mother of Navy SEAL Marc Alan Lee, told a crowd of more than 30 supporters at the Wayne County Fairgrounds that Schuring has a strong record of supporting veterans' issues.
"Kirk Schuring understands and honors the service and sacrifice of our military men and women," said Morgan.
The Schuring camp said Move America Forward is the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization and that it has raised $1.5 million to help American troops to date.
"His record is wonderful," Morgan said. "We endorse candidates who will support the U.S. military and Kirk is one of those people."
Morgan noted that in 2005 Schuring introduced a bill to authorize the display of combat battle stars on certain special combat or military plates and he co-sponsored a bill to create state level cabinet position for Veterans Affairs.
Lee, who lost her son on Aug. 2, 2006, held a photograph of him during the ceremony as she recounted his sacrifice. He was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq.
"He died trying to save his buddies. But he died for my freedom; for our freedom," Lee said. "He was brave and noble."
She said her son died after single-handedly holding off enemy fighters as his team rescued a wounded soldier from a rooftop.
Lee recognized several local veterans who were in attendance.
Schuring called the endorsement "an honor."
"I'm humbled," Schuring said. "Of all the endorsements I've received, none is more heartening and more meaningful than this one."
He called those in the service "special people" and referred to Marc Alan Lee as "an extraordinary person."
"They volunteer to go to fight on foreign soil, to fight for our freedom. Some like Marc give their life for us because they believe in liberty."
Schuring also got the support of the National Right To Life Political Action Committee.
"This endorsement reflects your commitment to renewing a culture of life, not only in Ohio, but throughout the nation," said executive director David N. O'Steen.
"We look forward to working with you in Congress to restore legal protection for innocent life - unborn children and medically disabled or dependent persons whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia," he said.
Schuring earlier this year was endorsed by Ohio Right To Life's PAC.