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Posted: 9/8/2004 9:21:25 PM EDT

Columbus Senator To Be Deployed To Iraq
Stivers Running In November Election

POSTED: 3:05 pm EDT September 8, 2004
UPDATED: 6:53 pm EDT September 8, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A state senator has announced he's headed to the Persian Gulf as the leader of his Ohio Army National Guard unit.

Columbus Republican Steve Stivers, the commander of the Columbus-based 237th Personnel Services Batallion, leaves next month for a deployment in support of the war in Iraq.

He said security rules prevent him from providing more details or saying where he'll be based.

His unit keeps track of soldiers in the field, the awarding of medals and contact with families at home.

Stivers, 39, was appointed to the Senate in January 2003 and is running for election to the seat this November.

Stivers joined the Army National Guard 19 years ago.

He was eligible for a lawmaker's deferment but said he never considered not going.

"I always knew that mobilization was a possibility, and now the time has come," Stiver said.

Word of deployment came as the U.S. military death toll in Iraq topped the 1,000 mark.

"No soldier loves war too much, because soldiers pay the ultimate price in war," Stivers said.

He will remain overseas for up to a year. Stivers said he will not give up his Senate seat and will continue to campaign. His staff will run his office while fellow Republicans will stump for him.

"He's always been active in the military, and he feels it's his duty," said his mother Carol Stivers. "As a mother, I am apprehensive. I pray daily for everybody who is there."

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:23:16 PM EDT
We had another one who is a C130 pilot in the AF Res. go earlier this year.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:30:11 PM EDT
So Ohio has cornered the market on bad-ass politicians eh?

Got a link for that?

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:34:29 PM EDT
That IS badass.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:37:15 PM EDT
What are the libs going to do now? They always harp about how politicians send other peoples sons to war, now the pols are going to war.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:45:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Moe-Ron:
So Ohio has cornered the market on bad-ass politicians eh?

Got a link for that?


No link, sorry. His name is John Boccieri a representative to the Ohio assembly ( aka, State Senator) 61st district. A Democrat BTW. He was activated last December for one year. Personally, I would hesitate to call them "bad ass". I work with several Guardsmen and Reservists who have been or are going to the sandbox. All good Americans but really just doing their duty. Granted, they don't have a deferment available to them but any Politician who takes adavantage of one would be committing political suicide.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:49:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Moe-Ron:
So Ohio has cornered the market on bad-ass politicians eh?

Got a link for that?


Florida's got at least one. They interviewed him at the RNC convention. He was in Iraq and they held his seat with a yellow ribbon. At the RNC he said he was leaving right after Bush's speach for the airport so he could get back to FL before the airports closed, because his guard unit was being activiated.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:53:55 PM EDT
... dang fellas, we need to throw Republican Senator Steve Stivers our support.

... Where, when and how we best let him and his constituency know of our appreciation?
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 9:56:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
That IS badass.

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