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Col. Bill Russell: An Honorable Man

May 19, 2010

Col. Bill Russell with Brian O'Connor of Red Dog Report

Because of a statement Col. William Russell made during a March Townhall meeting, many questions were raised as to whether or not  he would ask his Brigade to support Tim Burns in the PA-12 special election.  A mere 5 days before the election, the question remained unanswered prompting myself and other local bloggers, like Chris Renner and Luke Summerfield, to repeat the call for Russell to support Burns in the special election.

Bill Russell, an honorable man, did what was right for the party and asked the Russell Brigade to support Burns in the special.

Special Election: The Republican Party bosses selected Tim Burns to represent the Party in the Special Election and likewise, Mark Critz was selected by his party.  Republicans should vote for Tim Burns to help him defeat Democrat Mark Critz in this important election.  The winner will fill the remainder of John Murtha’s term which expires in January 2011.

When I met Bill at the Latrobe polls Tuesday morning, he explained the extremely difficult position he was in with the special election and the primary running concurrently.  At the same time he told me that he did feel the pressure from bloggers and the local community to do what was best for all Republicans.  So Col. Russell did the right thing and found the “happy medium” whereby he did let his supporters know that they should support Burns in the special, without making a public statement that confused voters and weakened his support in the primary.

Mr. Russell, you did the right and honorable thing for the people of Western Pennsylvania and for that, I salute you.

I will be proud to support you wherever the future leads you.

The full text of Russell’s letter is below:

May 14, 2010
Best Republican Strategy for the

Special Election and the Republican Primary Election

There are two Congressional Elections taking place on Tuesday, May 18th in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.  The first is the Special Election to fill the vacancy created by the death of Congressman John Murtha; and the second is the Republican Primary to determine which Republican (William Russell or Tim Burns) will be on the ballot in November.

Special Election: The Republican Party bosses selected Tim Burns to represent the Party in the Special Election and likewise, Mark Critz was selected by his party.  Republicans should vote for Tim Burns to help him defeat Democrat Mark Critz in this important election.  The winner will fill the remainder of John Murtha’s term which expires in January 2011.

Republican Primary Election: The Primary winner will be on the ballot in November with the winner serving a full two-year term (Jan. 2011 – Jan. 2013).  The wise choice here is to vote for William Russell to be the nominee.



Best Republican Strategy: By voting for Burns in the Special Election and Russell in the Primary, Republicans get the biggest bang for their vote.  Here’s why:  If Tim Burns wins the Special Election and William Russell wins the Primary, we will have a Republican following a Republican.  If Burns loses the Special Election (and currently the polls have him behind by 6-8 points), and Russell wins the Primary, we will send a fresh “winner” against the Democrat in November.

The worst scenario is that Burns loses the Special Election and wins the Primary.  In this case the Republicans are sending a “loser” for a rematch in November against the Democrat, Mark Critz.

Paid for by William Russell for Congress.

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  1. May 19, 2010 10:39 pm

    I’m pleased with Russell’s final position on both races. He is an honorable man and someone we will hear from again in the future.

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