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Beat Barney, Stomp Steny

Posted on | October 4, 2010 | 9 Comments

We’ve told you before about Sean Bielat, who’s taking on Barney Frank in Massachusetts, and Charles Lollar, who’s challenging Steny Hoyer in Maryland. Both of these men are U.S. Marines, and today they get a big “Semper Fi” shout-out from Ken Blackwell:

While Frank typically wins with 65 to 75 percent of the vote, Bielat is encouraged by internal polls showing him within striking distance of Frank. Scott Brown won the 4th District last year, and Frank’s unabashed support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the major protagonists in the housing crisis and the financial meltdown that followed, is a major liability.
To help Frank, the Democrats are sending in their biggest gun whose approval ratings aren’t in the basement — former President Bill Clinton. That’s heavy artillery for a race that’s supposedly already won, so someone is taking Bielat seriously.
Further south, another Marine is taking aim at the number two man in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer. Hoyer has been in Congress for nearly 30 years and has been a staple in Maryland politics since 1966, when his opponent, Charles Lollar, was not yet born.
Lollar is a Marine who served in combat in Kosovo and is also currently a major in the Marine Corps Reserves. He burst onto the scene as a charismatic speaker at Tea Party rallies in Maryland and across the nation. The 39-year-old businessman decided to take on Hoyer because of his leadership role in advancing a radical liberal agenda under President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Lollar believes Rep. Hoyer has betrayed the values of a significant portion of Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and no longer views himself as accountable to them.
Hoyer’s strength is in the most populous county in the district, which is predominantly black. But Lollar, a black conservative with an engaging personality, has appealed directly and personally to people who Republicans have not typically approached, asking them for their vote — and they are responding.
National political pundit Dick Morris last week declared the race “winnable” for Lollar, and his campaign has seen a surge of national attention since then, including the endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. . . .

Read the whole thing. By the way, a source close to the Lollar campaign tells me that since I blogged about their campaign a week ago — and Ace of Spades jumped aboard the “Stomp Steny Express” — they have seen an impressive surge in online fundraising. I don’t want to give numbers, but it’s been tens of thousands of dollars.

Have you given yet? Come on: $20 to help Charles Lollar stomp Steny and another $20 to help Sean Bielat beat Barney.

Professor Glenn Reynolds has promoted the idea of An Army of Davids. How about A Marine Corps of Davids?


9 Responses to “Beat Barney, Stomp Steny”

  1. The animator man
    October 4th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    along those lines, I have a nice sendoff message for Mr. Frank, click on this video. Let’s energize and mobilize.