Someone I know is famous!
A former Koch fellow who worked with me last year is now running for Congress. Paul Lang writes:
I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress for the Eighth Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
As a long-time laborer for Bucks County Democrats, I am ready to begin a campaign that emphasizes affordable health care, job growth for the Eighth Congressional District, preservation of Social Security, access to higher education for all, economic tax breaks for the middle class, federal fiscal discipline, stem cell research, and global reduction of nuclear weapons.
As a Disabled American Veteran, I broke my back for my country and I'm ready to break my back for the constituents of Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia. We will return the Eighth Congressional District to the Democrats and moderates and save it from our current Congressman’s loyalty to the far right.
With my grass-roots experience, military service, homeland security experience, and business and legal education, I am ready to continue fighting for America. I am dedicated to the cause. I will win the election. I will speak truth to power and I will represent you with the same hard-working passion and devotion that will make us the greatest Congressional District in the United States.
Please visit www.electlang.com for more information on how to get involved in the campaign or to read further about the important issues affecting our country and our Eighth Congressional District. In addition, please read further in this release to hear about my Bucks County roots, my sacrifices for our great country, and my academic and life experiences that make me the best candidate to take on Mike Fitzpatrick.
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)
Paul Lang for Congress
Address: 215 Grasshopper Drive
Ivyland, PA 18974-1627
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About Paul Lang
Lieutenant Paul Lang (retired) has led a life of service. He learned his moral values as an altar boy at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Richboro and through his parents, long-time Democrats, Paul and Judy Lang.
Paul was taught the political ropes through literature drops, envelope stuffing, sign posting, and working the polls for all Democrats. He is especially fond of the time he spent helping Peter Kostmayer, Bob Casey Sr., Lynn Yeakel, Michael Dukakis, Ed Rendell, and Bill Clinton.
Paul graduated Cum Laude from Council Rock High School in 1995. He then began his military career at the United States Coast Guard Academy (ranked the most selective college in the nation for admission) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in Business Management and was commissioned to serve as an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard. During his time at the Academy, Paul was an Honor Platoon Leader, achieved academic and military honor roll status, and was Captain of the varsity baseball team.
Upon Paul’s commissioning in 1999, he was stationed on Kodiak Island, Alaska, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Storis. Paul served as a Department Head managing over 25 enlisted personnel. In addition to these duties, Paul was a lead Coast Guard law enforcement officer and was involved in enforcing U.S. laws and treaties in the treacherous Alaskan and Pacific waters.
Paul Lang injured his back in a near-death law enforcement accident in November 2000 while serving as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska's Bering Sea. Paul almost perished when he was leading a law enforcement team tasked with seizing a foreign vessel suspected of smuggling and violating U.S. law. Despite all the preparation in the world, the military's equipment failed to properly support the team’s high-speed intervention boat. When the equipment broke, Paul and his crew were thrust into the rough seas and frigid waters and struggled against the weight of their weapons, detaining devices, and inspection kits. In addition to potentially drowning, they had little chance of survival due to hypothermia. Against these odds and with a crew they are forever indebted to, Paul and his team survived. The accident, however, rendered him with spinal immobility whereby the Coast Guard ultimately recognized Paul's sacrifice by retiring him as a decorated, full Lieutenant and a Disabled American Veteran.
Prior to his retirement and to recover from his accident, the Coast Guard transferred Paul to Washington, D.C. and assigned him to its Congressional Hearings Team. While a member of the Congressional Hearings Team, Paul's accident was highlighted during numerous Senate and House panel hearings to cite the poor funding and antiquated equipment of the military.
During his congressional work, Paul witnessed 9/11 firsthand as he saw the Pentagon burning from his office at Coast Guard Headquarters. After the 9/11 tragedy, Paul became a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security.
Paul is also a survivor of domestic terrorism as he was working in the vicinity of Senator Daschle's office the day anthrax was sent to the Senator’s office. Paul was subsequently placed on a six month prescription of the powerful antibiotic ciprofloxacin.
Paul is grateful for his military experience. He is compelled, however, to continue fighting for America. Currently, Paul is finishing a joint graduate degree in law and business (JD/MBA) at the University of Maryland and expects to graduate immediately prior to the 2006 Primary."