Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Summers, a veteran himself, announced today that more than two dozen veterans have so far joined his campaign's veterans coalition, "Veterans for Charlie."
"As a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and with today being Memorial Day, I am pleased to announce such strong support from so many veterans here in Maine for my campaign for U.S. Senate," said Summers. "Today, we pause to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom. As veterans ourselves, today is particularly meaningful to us. We know firsthand the issues veterans face while serving and the challenges they face when they return from duty."
"I am proud to support Charlie Summers in his campaign for U.S. Senate. I've known Charlie for over 10 years, and know him to be an extremely honest and down to earth person," said U.S. Army veteran Bob Kelley of Old Orchard Beach. "When our son, Captain Christopher S. Cash, was killed in Iraq in 2004, Charlie was right there to support us during a difficult time. He has always been and always will be there to fight for our veterans. My wife, Nancy, and I hold Charlie in the highest regard." Kelley served in the United States Army from 1964 through 1967. He is currently the Judge Advocate for Fayette Staples American Legion Post 57 in Old Orchard Beach.
"I'm proud and honored to endorse fellow veteran Charlie Summers for the United States Senate. Charlie has repeatedly shown not only his commitment to veterans, but his strong leadership," said Army veteran John Mixon of Ogunquit. "There is no doubt in my mind that Charlie will be a strong voice in Washington not only for veterans affairs, but what's best for our state and country. Charlie has the strength of character and integrity that is vital to that job. He is the kind of man that any person, not just veterans, should trust to lead the way to a stronger state and nation. I stand with Charlie Summers and truly believe that he is the best candidate to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate." Mixon served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972. He is director of Run for the Fallen Maine, and is the Commander of American Legion Post 143 in Wells/Ogunquit.
Summers will march in the Brunswick/Topsham Memorial Day parade this morning. This afternoon, he will march in the Old Orchard Beach Memorial Day parade and attend the Veterans Remembrance Service to follow.
Charlie Summers is currently Maine's 48th Secretary of State. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Commander with the United States Navy Reserve. He previously served as a State Senator, as State Director for Senator Olympia Snowe, as Regional Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and was a small business owner. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children and live in Scarborough, Maine.