Harry Reid Uses 7 Dead Marines as Political Football



Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots, pro-troop organization, publicly criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday, after he commented on the floor of the Senate about the 7 Marines killed in a training accident in his home state of Nevada, tying their deaths to the sequestration cuts. The group’s spokesperson Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee was killed in combat in Iraq in 2006, said Reid’s use of the tragedy was insensitive and exploitative.

“I’m tired of seeing our troops used as a political football by Harry Reid and others on the left. Attempting to link Sequestration to the tragic accident that cost 7 Marines their lives is a travesty and Senator Reid should be ashamed of himself.” said Lee. “Our troops truly hate being exploited and used by politicians to advance their careers, and it’s especially reprehensible in a case such as this, where American troops have lost their lives.”

“Whether you supported the budget cuts or not, everyone recognizes that sequestration had absolutely nothing to do with this accident. It’s blatantly obvious that Reid had no reason to bring up sequestration but to win some political capital with it. As a mother who lost my son in the war in Iraq, my heart goes out to the families of those Marines who lost their lives. As much as my heart breaks for them, I’m even more disgusted by Harry Reid’s insensitive remarks, he should apologize immediately and do something to make it up to the families of those Marines whose lives he cheapened when he turned their deaths into a soapbox from which to proselytize from.” concluded Debbie Lee.

Debbie Lee is a Gold Star Mother, her son Marc Alan Lee was a Navy SEAL who was killed in Iraq in 2006. On August 2nd, 2006 Marc and his SEAL team were involved in combat in Ramadi Iraq. On that day Marc stood up three times in the face of enemy fire to provide cover for his buddies to retreat. His actions that day saved the life of one team member and possibly the rest of his unit. For his actions that day Marc was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Heart with Valor, and Silver Star. After her son made the ultimate sacrifice Debbie became an active spokesperson for Move America Forward. She has traveled to every state in the country to speak at pro-troop rallies and has visited Iraq multiple times as well as Guantanamo Bay to bring MAF’s message of support to the troops serving there.

Debbie Lee is available for in person comment in San Diego, CA.To arrange an interview in San Diego or in other market please contact Danny Gonzalez, at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org.


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