If anyone's campaign can be singled out as the picture perfect "be very afraid" tactics of the Republican Party, the Illinois District 6 congressional race is the campaign.
Tammy Duckworth holds the rank of Major in the Illinois Army National Guard. Duckworth became a helicopter pilot because it was one of the only combat jobs available to women. She was co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq in 2004 when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the cockpit. Even though the explosion cost her both her legs, she worked to safely land her aircraft, thinking only of protecting her crew.
Duckworth's military service and her recovery from her injuries clearly demonstrate her strength, her courage, and her sense of optimism. Now, does that qualify her to serve as a US Congressman? No. What DOES qualify her for this seat is her integrity, her committment, her honesty, and her unfailing belief that things need to change in Washington DC.
As expected, her Republican opposition is trying to pull the last minute end run around the truth, distorting Tammy's record and scaring seniors with lies. Don't let Roskam distance himself from his RNC roots. This woman has given more for her country than all the stuffed-shirts masquerading as patriots.
If you can give until it hurts, please do so. Because Duckworth already has.