John Cornyn launching swift boats against Rick Noriega?
Burnt Orange Report and Texas Kaos carry crosspostings of an article today about Senator Box Turtle requesting combat veteran Rick Noriega's military records. I'm not sure I buy the "swift-boat!" assumptions, but in looking for a legitimate link for the story, I did find some more background on Noreiga as well as Jan Reid's compelling profile.
While deployed, Noriega met the clue-by-four on our national health care crisis firsthand, according to the Houston Chronicle: Struggle for treatment
Noriega said the biggest lesson learned from his military service that he would take to the Senate regards the U.S. health care system. While he was deployed, his wife, Melissa, discovered she could not get treatment in Houston under the National Guard's health insurance. Noriega said her experience taught him what a struggle health care can be for the poor or uneducated.
During the 14 months Noriega was in Afghanistan, his wife served in his place in the Texas House. Melissa Noriega last year won election to the Houston City Council.
If I were y'all I wouldn't give up on Ray McMurrey, either. There was a teacher like that from along the Pedernales a generation ago, and once he got to Congress he did some amazing things on behalf of his constituents (rural Texans without much money, mostly). His name was Lyndon Baines Johnson.
And if y'all are in Texas, do you need another reason to vote Democratic than knowing Bush's nickname for Senator Box Turtle goes back to his time as Bush's Attorney General in Texas, when the most useless man in Austin accepted "Corndog" as a moniker?