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U.S.S. Cole Commander Running for House in Nevada


Republicans have a new candidate in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district who’s seen much tougher times than a hotly contested House race in a swing state.

Kirk Lippold, a Carson City resident and former U.S. Naval warship Commander, today announced his candidacy for the United States Congress.  Lippold will be running for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

“I have spent my life and career in service to my country. I am excited to announce my candidacy for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District and I look forward to serving my home state of Nevada as a member of the United States Congress,” Lippold said.  “I’ve never run for public office before. I’m not a career politician and I don’t intend to be one. But there are times when the call to serve cannot be ignored. This is one of those times.”

Commander Lippold was in command of the USS Cole when it was attacked by al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen on October 12, 2000.  He and his crew were able to save the ship, which remains in service today.  Since retiring from the Navy in 2007 after 26 years of service, Lippold has served as Senior Fellow for Military Families United, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for families who have lost loved ones in service to this country.“I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in my career but I am not content to sit still while Nevadans are struggling as they are today.  Solving crucial problems will require the type of steadfast leadership and resolve I’ve demonstrated throughout my life,” Lippold said.  

“I think the people of Nevada have rightfully had it with the same old rhetoric and career politicians. They are ready to embrace new conservative leadership and a vision to return our state to prosperity.  My campaign will be a crusade for the taxpayers of my district.  I will fight every day to shrink the role of government, get Nevadans back to work, and pay down the national debt.”

Nevada is gaining a House seat, so the district lines will change. Dean Heller, a Republican, is the current congressman, and he’s running for the state’s open Senate seat in 2012. The district, under its current lines, scores R+5 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index; Heller has won pretty handily in recent cycles.

Tags: Dean Heller , Kirk Lippold


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