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Another Slap to Veterans

Greg Raths For Congress 2014
Greg Raths For Congress 2014

Last year I filed with the FEC to run for California's 45th Congressional District, and I recently turned in all the required signatures to the Orange County Office of the Registrar for inclusion on the June 2014 primary ballot. Like other non-incumbent candidates, I was limited to three self-descriptive words below my name on the ballot, all while incumbents and elected officials could use a larger amount of space to puff up their credentials. Yet another law that handicaps non-incumbents and entrenches the current governing elite.

Nevertheless, within these constraints, I chose the three words "USMC Combat Veteran," which describe my life and personal history best. However, the California Secretary of State handbook disallowed me from using those words and I was forced to pick three other words to describe me.

I am saddened, as I am sure other proud veterans would be, that I was prohibited to use the word "Veteran" to describe myself to voters. It's a shame to forbid patriotic veterans to describe themselves as such. Those who served our country with honor and distinction and whom want to run for public office should be allowed to represent themselves honestly and without artificial limitations.

Colonel Greg Raths USMC (RET)

Mission Viejo

Robert Milner February 18, 2014 at 01:33 AM
Mr. Raths, you are the man for me. I only moved to RSM last year and I will change my voting address to here. Will you represent RSM if elected?
Gregory Raths February 18, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Yes, RSM is in the heart of the 45th Congressional District. Check the map on my webpage www.GregRaths.com Thank you
Domestic Goddess February 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Curious. Why were your chosen words disallowed?
Cheryl March 02, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Hey Col, you got my vote Sir. It's a shame that the damn corrupt politicians who currently reside are so deeply entrenched that it takes an enormous effort to clear them out. I hope you make it, because a good Marine in incorruptible, and I know by virtue of your sacrifices you will be the man to run the straight and narrow, and work to clear house of the rats that only care about who fills their pockets first and fuller. Semper Fi brother and good luck. Danny Jones GySgt USMC ret. (94-14) SemperFiServices.org
Gregory Raths March 03, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Ohhh Rahhh Danny. Thanks for the support and confidence. Spread the word to get out the vote June 3rd

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