PAC PICKS CANDIDATES IN CO, FL, NM, & VA

Released: October 18, 2018

  

NORTH, SOUTH, EAST & WEST

VETS’ PAC PICKS THE BEST


Top Marginal Races in CO, FL, NM, & VA

Champions and Slackers for Vets Revealed


The pundits and pollsters are handicapping all of the races for the 23 seats that could flip the House and the two that could flip the Senate. The vast majority of PACs are either liberal / progressive Democratic or conservative / moderate Republican. Red or Blue; one or the other.
 

Put Vets First! PAC (PVF) is not about party; it is all about veterans.  Which candidate is the most steadfast supporter of American Veterans? Who has the record of fighting for veterans?  Who walks the walk and talks the talk?  Who can veterans count on when the chips are low?
 

In the home stretch to the 2018 elections, PVF is concentrating its focus on the most pivotal elections, the toss up seats that could go either way and the contests where the support of veterans make the difference for victories.

 

COLORADO 6th - East of Denver


Republican Congressman Mike Coffman is a Champion among Champion for our veterans. In the past eight years, Put Vets First! PAC has identified very few candidates, if any, who match the resolve and passion that Cong. Coffman has for veterans.


When he was Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, he demanded reform of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and called for the VA to stop squandering billions of dollars on bad procurement policies while not collecting from insurance companies. No one else knew or cared, except Cong. Coffman…and he acted.


The latest filing shows that Coffman raised $3.2 million with almost $100,000 cash on hand, while his opponent raised $4.4 million with just over $1.1 million cash on hand.


Democrat Jason Crow has an extensive website on veterans. He is an attorney who advised President Obama on veterans’ issues. He may fight for veterans if elected into office, but Cong. Coffman has already done so.


Marine Corp and Army Veteran Mike Coffman affirmed the Veterans’ Bill of Rights. PVF is going with the candidate who has proven himself. Give Cong. Coffman another term to fight for our veterans!


Like Congressman Mike Coffman…Be Like Mike!



FLORIA 27th  (OPEN SEAT) - West and South Miami


Former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton, Democrat Donna Shalala, has nothing about veterans on her website. How difficult is it to have a veteran’s platform? If she can’t write a paragraph or more when trying to get elected, then she will probably do nothing if she wins.


Republican Maria Elvira Salazar is a political affairs journalist and “political outsider.” On her website she says: “We must demand that the VA be held accountable so that our retired servicemen and women receive the very best possible their country has to offer. The manner in which we are for our veterans must reflect our nation’s profound appreciation for their service.”


She may not have an extensive platform, but it is more than the Hon. Donna Shalala. Ms. Salazar has said the magic words: “make the VA accountable.” This is the best thing Congress could do for our veterans. Let’s send Ms. Salazar to Congress to help Put Veterans First!


According to the most recent report, Ms. Shalala raised $2.9 million with about $400,000 cash on hand, and Ms. Salazar brought in $1.2 million with nearly $400,000 cash on hand.


HERE IS AN IDEA: HOW MANY CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS SAY THEY WANT TO GO TO WASHINGTON TO CONDUCT ACTUAL CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE VA? THIS ROLE IS IMPLICIT IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IS ONE OF THE CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. UNFORTUNATELY, CONGRESS RARELY DOES IT.


SURE CANDIDATES OFTEN SAY THEY WANT A BETTER VA FOR VETERANS, BUT HOW ARE THEY GOING TO DO IT? HARD HITTING OVERSIGHT HEARINGS!!!



NEW MEXICO 2nd (OPEN SEAT) - Southern half of the state


Democrat Xochitl Torres Small is an attorney who says the VA should be fully funded, and that veterans should have accessible transportation options to VA clinics. All of these are very commendable, but not original and off the mark.


The VA does not need more funding beyond their $300 billion a year; it needs better fiscal management. When one does a web search for “Department of Veterans Affairs scandals,” there are hundreds of thousands of results!!!


MORE MONEY: NO, BETTER FISCAL AND PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT: YES


Republican Yvette Herrell, current state legislator and entrepreneur, has NOTHING on her website about the 21 million American Veterans.


Put Vets First! PAC supports Ms. Torres Small; at least she is making an effort to prioritize those who have served in military uniform.



VIRGINIA 7th - Central Virginia


Incumbent Republican Dave Brat should be coasting to a fourth term in a district he won by 58% in 2016, but he is not.


Former CIA Operations Officer and federal law enforcement officer for the US Postal Service, Abigail Spanberger, is making a very big splash in the Commonwealth of Virginia and around the nation as well. Her last Federal Elections Commission quarterly report showed her raising an amazing $3.2 million in the last quarter alone, more than the incumbent raised during his last two races.


The Congressman has no veterans platform on his campaign website. 


Ms. Spanberger has a “Fighting for Veterans” section on her website, especially relating to quality healthcare for our veterans.


She is “on a roll” and her fighting spirit for our veterans is noteworthy. She should be sent to Congress where all her talents are much needed!


Put Vets First! PAC encourages the public and the media to check out the websites of these candidates, which is much easier than one might imagine.


Simply search online for “[Enter name of candidate] for Congress.” Then, check out their site and how much is devoted to veterans, a sure measure of his passion for our veterans. Bingo…there is where you will find their priorities.  


Since 2010, Put Vets First! PAC has worked to make veterans a top national priority by supporting the election of Champions for Veterans, raising the profile of veterans nationwide and opposing the election of those who treat veterans as an afterthought.