Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Russell to the Rescue vs Russell the Status Quo Candidate? And what about his Pentagon experience on September 11, 2001?

More coming

Army Vet to Challenge House Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha
Sunday, October 28, 2007


Lt. Col. Russell to the Rescue
The man who could topple Jack Murtha.

By Michelle Malkin

A jaw-dropping political miracle may be on the horizon. No, I’m not talking about the second coming of the Obamessiah. I’m talking about the long-deserved comeuppance of troop-smearing, pork-feasting, scandal-tainted Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania.

The 18-term congressman’s challenger, staunch conservative Republican newcomer William Russell, raised nearly $670,000 in the second fundraising quarter. Earmark king Murtha scraped together a measly $119,000. Russell’s underdog campaign bested Murtha without the perks of incumbency, national name recognition, big PAC donations or mainstream media support...

Russell’s clear on where he stands. No doubt Barack Obama would label him bitter and clingy. “I am a Conservative,” he says in his defining campaign statement. “I believe in the sovereignty and security of this one nation, under God. I believe the primary role of government is to provide for the common defense and a legal framework to protect families and individual liberty. … I believe that no one owes me anything just because I live and breathe.”

The excitement and buzz around Russell stand in stark contrast to grass-roots disgust on the right with Beltway Republicans who continue to push the party to the left in a brain-dead attempt to “rebrand” the GOP. He has united pro-troops families, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, Reagan Democrats and Independents fed up with Murtha’s culture of corruption dating back to his Abscam days in the 1980s. Murtha was not indicted in the infamous bribery probe, but he was videotaped entertaining a $50,000 bribe from undercover FBI agents posing as emissaries for Arab sheiks trying to enter our country illegally.

“The incredible story about Bill’s campaign is that the $15 and $25 contributions are coming in from all over Pennsylvania and every corner of the country,” Luksik noted on the Russell Brigade website (www.russellbrigade.com). “This is K-Street versus Main Street. These are patriotic families expressing support for soldiers, sailors and Marines, and people saying they’ve had enough of the old ‘pay-to-play’ culture in the Capitol. That’s what’s fueling this campaign.”

Russell decided to enter politics after hearing Murtha’s slanderous 2006 accusations that Marines in Haditha “overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” As I reported in June, seven Marines have been cleared or won case dismissals in the Iraq war incident Murtha recklessly adjudicated in the court of public opinion — with willing mainstream journalists at the New York Times, MSNBC, and in the world press swinging their nooses.



Russell and campaign promotion

DC-based Fundraising Firm Raises Campaign Cash, And Keeps A Lot of It
By Andrew Tilghman - June 30, 2008, 12:11PM



Firm gets big cut of campaign donations
GOP candidates see little of funds raised; Some clients, donors unaware of numbers
Email|Print|Single Page| Text size – + By Frank Phillips
Globe Staff / June 29, 2008




Veteran Tries to Topple Murtha
August 4th, 2008, posted by Greg Palmer


What John Murtha’s Challenger Doesn’t Want You to Know

And as a result of a complaint filed on June 11, 2008, (Case No. MUR 6024) with the Federal Election Commission, Russell is now disclosing receipts, disbursments and banking activites not previously disclosed. (http://fec.gov/finance/disclosure/efile_search.shtml ).


Link to Complaint against the William Russell for Congress Committee and Scott B. MacKenzie, Treasurer.



Russell videos


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Murtha opponent, ex-manager trade barbs

The Tribune-Democrat

When Larry Stiles and William Russell teamed up last year, they seemed like an ideal duo to launch a political campaign that emphasized national security.

Stiles, a Marine veteran with Vietnam service, had signed on as campaign manager for Russell, a career Army man looking to unseat U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown.

But the relationship has soured.

Since his dismissal from Russell’s organization in January, Stiles has alleged financial irregularities within the campaign and publicly has criticized his former colleague.





Candidate battles challenge to nominating petition
Daily American Staff Writer

Saturday, February 23, 2008 12:32 AM EST




The Weekly Recorder
June 6, 2008

The Republican challenger William Russell to Congressman Jack Murtha is under assault from an unlikely source. Larry Stiles, a veteran of Vietnam and the former campaign coordinator for Russell’s grassroots challenge to Murtha has field a series of complaints to the Federal Elections Commission against Russell.

Stiles alleged that Russell has failed to properly disclose his expenditures and donations as required by Federal Law.

Stiles sent the letter on May 9, 2008 via certified mail to Thomasenia P. Duncan, General Counsel for the FEC in Washington DC. His alleged counts against Russell are as follows:


Lt Col William Russell Back On Duty


bob McCarty Writes

Help Bill Russell Defeat Turncoat John Murtha
July 24th, 2008


Now this

Russell described his experience on 9/11:

"I was in the Pentagon when Flight 77 impacted the building. I was attending a meeting in office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense located on the 2nd floor of the B Ring, between the 4th and 5th Corridors. I was there as a staff officer to attend an emergency meeting to discuss military support to the civil authorities of New York City following the impacts of the two airplanes into the World Trade Center Towers. Although Flight 77 impacted the E ring between the 4th and 5th corridors, and the cockpit ended up 50 meters out and one floor down from the office I was in, I believed it had impacted on the far side of the building where my wife Kasia, who was pregnant with our son Stasiu at the time, was working in the CVS Pharmacy. I remember my boss, COL Joe Robinson, handing me a note to carry to then BG, Chiarelli and I handed it back to him and told him that I was going to CVS..."


Pentagon research


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