26 Oct '14, 2pm

Marine grunt runs for Congress after four Iraq deployments

Marine grunt runs for Congress after four Iraq deployments

A veteran Marine infantry officer bagged one of the biggest upsets in the election season this fall when he picked-off a 17-year incumbent in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for the 6th congressional district. Former Capt. Seth Moulton, 35, not only defeated Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., who served nine terms in Congress, but he became the first Democrat in more than two decades to unseat an incumbent in his own party. A Harvard grad, Moulton joined the Marines in 2001 and became an infantry platoon commander with 4th Battalion, 1st Marines. He deployed to Iraq four times and was a special assistant to now-retired Gen. David Petraeus during the surge. He said he hadn’t considered becoming a politician until a junior Marine said he should run for office. “When I was in Iraq, after a tough day in the shop, a corporal in my platoon said to me that I should run for Congress...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20141026/NEWS05/3102...

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