If the Guardian Fund has its way, the group will obtain its stated goal of shoring up national security by getting more veterans elected to Congress in 2016 — and more funds directed to the military.
“We hear a lot of criticism of ‘climate change deniers,’” Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, said at a breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “But there are also a lot of ‘math deniers.’ When it comes to budgeting for our defenses, there should be a bipartisan attitude to agree on the math.”
Davidson, a former U.S. Army Ranger, won the seat relinquished by former House Speaker John Boehner earlier this year in his first-ever run for office.
Only 80 out of 435 U.S. representatives and just 13 out of 100 U.S. senators have a military service background — another inconvenient fact the group hopes to change.
Numerous sitting House members who served in the military as well as candidates for the House and Senate this fall were featured at the group’s standing-room event in Washington’s Capitol Hill Club.
The three-year-old political action committee was founded by retired U.S. Army Col. and former Rep. Allen West, R.-Fla.