From my vantage point off Capitol Hill, it appears the Republicans have lost the will to fight, and the desire for victory. Is it any wonder? So few congressional members have served in uniform.
Brigadier General Mark Bircher is exactly the type of citizen-servant our country needs on Capitol Hill – and precisely the type of leader the Left would like to suppress.
BGen Bircher is a Naval Academy graduate, a lawyer, an airline pilot, a retired Marine Corps Reserve brigadier general (former Commanding General of the 4th Marine Air Wing) and a former Blue Angel pilot. In fact, he was once featured in a Van Halen music video.
After graduating from Annapolis, BGen Bircher served 12 years active duty with the Marine Corps before resigning his active duty commission and joining the Marine Corps Reserve, where he remained for 21 years until his retirement in 2009.
As far as executive experience, he commanded the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing in Louisiana, a widely dispersed combat organization of more than 5,000 people.
Currently, BGen Bircher is running in the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, to fulfill the legacy left by the late Representative CW “Bill” Young, former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Military Appropriations, who passed away earlier this year.
As Bircher said recently in the Tampa Bay Times, “Instead of spending the rest of my life complaining, even if I were to fail, at least I wouldn’t have to say ‘what if?’ I want this job. I want to do the best I can.”
But first, BGen Bircher must win a January 14th Republican primary in which he is pitted against a pair of much more experienced and well-known politicians: David Jolly, Young’s former general counsel and lobbyist; and Kathleen Peters, a pro-choice state representative.
BG Gen Bircher understands his oath of service has no statute of limitations. Americans must rally behind leaders like this warrior and send a message that we want principled men and women, those who have been willing to lay down their lives for this great nation in our nation’s capital.
January 14th is just around the corner. BGen Bircher is one of the few, the proud, a United States Marine. He knows how to fight, and he knows how to win. He will take a strong stand to defeat Obamacare and provide viable solutions. Let’s make him a United States Congressman.