Congressional candidate/Iraq Vet Tony Woods, discharged under DADT, endorsed by HRC and Victory Fund

This is great news. Tony Woods, who is running for Congress in the special election for Ellen Tauscher’s seat, was endorsed today by the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund. Via Kerry Eleveld (again):

Anthony Woods, a gay candidate for California’s 10th congressional district seat, earned the endorsement Wednesday of the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Getting the nod from HRC and the Victory Fund was coup for the 28-year-old Woods, a two-tour Iraq war vet who impressed some observers recently by raising more than $100,000 for the quarter ended June 30th — a solid showing for a first-time candidate. Gay groups don’t automatically endorse LGBT candidates unless they demonstrate an ability to execute a campaign strategy and compete financially.

“Anthony Woods is an exciting candidate with a tremendous record of accomplishment,” said Chuck Wolfe, president of the Victory Fund. “He’s also running an impressive campaign. Anthony has assembled a solid campaign team that understands what it will take to win this extremely competitive race.”

Joe Solmonese, president of HRC, added, “Anthony hasn’t just shown his support on issues of LGBT equality, he’s lived them.” Woods was discharged under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which bans gay people from serving openly.

For those who don’t know Tony, he really is an amazing person. When he was in DC a couple weeks ago, I did an interview with him:
Tony’s ActBlue page is here. He’ll be a great leader in Congress. We have to help him get there.

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