Vote for a Jew in Green!

While I try to avoid politics on this site, I have to give a quick plug for David Ashe for Congress. He is running in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes the Norfolk-Hampton Roads area.

What brings my attention to Mr. Ashe is that he is a Jewish Marine who served in Iraq. There’s actually a lot more to it than that.

Mr. Ashe was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1996. He served for five years as a JAG lawyer before leaving active duty as a Captain in September of 2001. Weeks after September 11th, Captain Ashe was called back to active duty where he served in several high echelon positions and included being deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2003 Capt Ashe was deployed to Iraq, where he was attached to an infantry battalion assigned to the Al Muthanna region of Iraq. He was the sole coalition legal representative assigned to restore the judicial system in an area which covered approximately 1/9 of Iraq. Since every Marine officer is a provisional rifle platoon commander (even lawyers), Capt Ashe was part of numerous foot patrols through the region.

Something I find ridiculous is that after all this, Ashe’s opponent in the election has the nerve to say he is weak on terrorism!

The purpose of this article isn’t to get you to vote for David Ashe (he’s not even in my district), but rather to point out the achievements of this amazing man. His desire and commitment to serve his country, in and out of the military, is what Jews in Green is all about.

The politics seems to be a popular arena for Jewish service members as of late. Our Featured Jew for October is a city councilman currently serving in Iraq.