by mbw <http://mbw.dailykos.com>
Sat Nov 19, 2005 at 07:07:37 AM PDT
Crossposted at Wampum
Yesterday, as all the blogosphere, Left and Right, now knows, first-term
Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt offered these words as she stood in the
well of the House:
Ms. Schmidt: Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery
attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed
in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay
his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call
from Colonel Danny Bop, Ohio Representative from the 88th district
in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a
message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman
Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny
and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this
body - that we will see this through.
Of course, as we all know as well, Schmidt's personal attack on the Hon.
Congressman (and two-time war *veteran* from Pennsylvania) sent the
House floor into a well-deserved meltdown, with Democrats shutting down
the body until Schmidt withdrew her words.
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But an unanswered question remains, who is this Colonel Danny Bubp, and
why does his opinion matter so much to Ms. Schmidt? One would assume
that he would possess at least as much military experience as the man he
essentially termed a coward, in response to the Congressman's call for
the troops in Iraq to return home within six months.
Well, we do know that Colonel Bubp is an Ohio state representative, in
fact, from a district contained within Ohio's 2nd Congressional
district, which Ms. Schmidt won in a special election earlier this year.
And how did he win that seat for the first time in 2004?
His own words from the local paper
Danny Bubp, a West Union attorney facing retired educator Cy
Richardson for the Ohio House of Representatives seat here, believes
that's why he'll win.
Bubp, who grew up in Sardinia, calls the 88th district a "good
Christian community" that's against abortion and same-sex marriage
and protective of its right to bear arms.
"That's the kind of district I want to serve in," said Bubp, 50.
And his prior "political experience"?
Colonel Bubp, a 1984 graduate of the (4th tier) Ohio Northern College of
Law, spent all but one of the past twenty years in private practice.
The single foray into public service during that time was a year as a
But Col. Bubp didn't waste his legal education. His most recognized
pro-bono work was to fight the removal of Ten Commandment monuments from
Here he is <http://www.faithandaction.org/110705OhioTenCommAward.htm>,
receiving the coveted "Ten Commandments Leadership Award" with none
other than Congresswoman Schmidt herself.
And that extensive military experience Ms. Schmitz determined was vastly
superior to Congressman Murtha's? According to his own biography at his
campaign website <http://www.geocities.com/danin04/bio>:
Military Service :
1978 - Commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine
1978-Present - Continues to serve in United States Marine Corps
Reserve as a Colonel of Marines
1997-Present - Serves on the staff at the National Defense
University, Washington, D.C. as Team Leader for the Reserve
Component National Security Course
2003 - Graduate of Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
2003 - Served on the J-3 Staff at United States Central Command,
Tampa, Florida for General Tommy Franks in support of Operation
Nearly thirty years in the Marines, and Col. Bubp missed every single
military engagement? Southeast Asia? Beirut? Grenada? Panama? Gulf
War? The Balkans? Somolia? He even missed embassy service in Paris!
But that hasn't stopped Col. Bubp from attacking the character of
decorated veterans in the past. Col. Budp campaigned for Schmidt in her
race against Iraq veteran Paul Hackett in the special election:
Later in the afternoon, the Schmidt campaign staged a "Support Our
Troops" rally in Union Township's Veterans Memorial Park, where
about 50 people gathered under the park's Vietnam-era medical
evacuation helicopter to hear speech-making by Schmidt and some of
her supporters, including Glenda Kiser of Amelia, the mother of Sgt.
Chuck Kiser, an Army reservist killed last year in Iraq.
The event was billed as a rally to honor veterans and local
residents serving in Iraq, but much of the speech-making -
particularly from State Rep. Danny Bubp, R-West Union - consisted of
criticizing Hackett, an Iraq war veteran, for his differences with
President Bush and the administration's policies in Iraq.
Bubp - who, like Hackett, is a Marine Corps Reserve officer - stood
under the helicopter's wings in his military dress uniform, saying
that the one thing military officers do not do "is criticize their
commander in chief."
"I served for eight years under a president who loathed the military
but we never said a word about it," Bubp said
Of course, there's "served
and "served <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Cleland>", though it looks
as though Col. Bubp has just been "served up" by his favorite
Congresswoman as fodder in the war against true American patriots.
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