Former soldier who helped nab Saddam Hussein running for U.S. Congress

OKLAHOMA CITY Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:46pm EST

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A former Oklahoma state senator who as a U.S. Army officer had helped capture Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein launched a campaign for the U.S. House of Representative on Thursday, running as a conservative Republican.

Steve Russell, 50, author of "We Got Him: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein," is campaigning to represent Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District on a platform of supporting the military, veterans and gun owners.

"I am running because I have seen how Washington has disregarded the people it represents, including the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day in defense of it," he told a news conference in an Oklahoma City suburb.

Russell, the owner of a rifle manufacturing business, served in the Oklahoma Senate from 2008-2012, after leaving the U.S. Army in 2006. He did not seek re-election to the state Senate.

Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District is a heavily Republican area in the center of the state. The seat is being vacated by James Lankford, a Republican who is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

(Reporting by Heide Brandes; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Leslie Adler)

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4825 wrote:
“”I am running because I have seen how Washington has disregarded the people it represents, including the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day in defense of it,” he told a news conference in an Oklahoma City suburb.”

If I was an Okie I would vote for a hero like that.

Feb 27, 2014 3:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Might as well put him in office. That okie district is a deep red write-off, no matter who sits in the seat. I won’t like who ever it is, and I don’t have to. At least this guy served in a war.

Feb 27, 2014 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:
“Steve Russell, 50, author of “We Got Him: A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein,” is campaigning to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District on a platform of supporting the military, veterans and gun owners.”
You may want to rethink your T’GOP party choice…
In North Carolina 2013 the T’GOP enacted fragrant governmental power and liberty infringement over reach. All 2013 T’GOP NC legislation must be completely removed from the books to preserve inalienable rights of all citizens.
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More than Twenty laws were enacted to benefit the Oligarch rich and further burdened the lower 4/5th: S-402 State Budget furloughs 4,000 teachers, H-82 Earned Income Tax Credit regressive tax rate, H-998 Major Tax Changes burdening the poor, S-4 denied Medicare for the Poor, H-4 cut federal unemployment aid, S-489 raise loan rates, H-589 voter disenfranchisement(in litigation), H-269 subsidies to private schools(litigation ruling: vouchers denied), H-250 Charter schools standards reduction, H-937 guns allowed in schools, S-306 Repeal Racial Justice Act, H652 Judicial Discipline restrictions, H-522 Foreign Fears enhancing anti-Muslim discrimination, H-392 Worker Benefit drug testing, S-353 Shutting down women health clinics, S-132 Mandatory Abortion Indoctrination, H-74 Undo Sensible regulations increasing anti-environmental actions, S-151 Impacts Coastal Protection, S-515 Water Cleanup delayed three years, and S-76 enhancing fracturing and offshore oil production.
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In Legislative recess from July 26 2013 through May 14 2014 on full salary and health care benefits, they could not even bear to be challenged by Raleigh Moral Monday citizens and NAACP clergy.
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North Carolina Gov McCrory documents under Federal Environmental Sequester.
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Vietnam Veteran,
morbas(i)
PS Independent registration is close to 1/3rd !

Feb 27, 2014 5:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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