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A retired Navy SEAL is running to unseat embattled Marine vet turned congressman Duncan Hunter in California
Republican Larry Wilske, a retired Navy SEAL, officially announced his candidacy in California's 50th Congressional District, vying for a seat currently held by embattled Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.
Wilske is the first Republican challenger to officially declare his candidacy for Hunter's seat. Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, who mounted a challenge for Hunter's seat in 2018, have both filed paperwork to run for the seat.
Wilske said in an interview Wednesday that he would try to win, whether it's in a general or a special election. But Wilske did not criticize Hunter; he praised the voting records of Hunter and his father, former congressman Duncan Hunter Sr., who previously held the seat for 28 years.
Wilske stressed the importance of ensuring San Diego's congressional delegation has at least one Republican, given the uncertainty of Hunter's future.
"Me running is just me running; it is not about beating up on a fellow combat vet," Wilske said. "I hope Duncan comes out of this okay, but we're gonna be realistic about it. We've got to be prepared to not vacate that seat."
Wilske said his priorities include supporting the 2nd Amendment, immigration reform, border security, and continuing tax reform.
Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, who came up short in his challenge of Hunter last fall, is vying for the seat again in 2020.
Wilske, 58, is a San Diego native who served in the Navy for 30 years. He has operated a maritime charter business and worked as a consultant for military logistics since retiring from the Navy.
He also has run for elected office before.
In 2014, he unsuccessfully tried to unseat longtime Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, in the 53rd District, which encompasses central and eastern San Diego. He lost by about 17 percentage points.
Then last year Wilske squared off against Assemblymember Randy Voepel in the 71st Assembly District, which covers much of East County from Borrego Springs to Spring Valley and pieces of the Inland Empire in Riverside County.
During the primary race, Wilske accused fellow Republican Voepel of "stolen valor," alleging Voepel had wrongly claimed credit for a Combat Action Ribbon.
However, reporting by multiple news organizations including the Union-Tribune found that Voepel did receive a Combat Action Ribbon.
Wilske lost the primary, and Voepel won a second term in the general election in November.
"We're coming to a crossroads as a country and we're beating each other up… we shouldn't be," Wilske said Wednesday, discussing this run for congress. "We need to stop this nonsense of inviting socialism in … and we need to start getting our arms around what makes us great as Americans and start appreciating each other even when we disagree."
©2019 The San Diego Union-Tribune. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
An Army staff sergeant who "represents the very best of the 101st Airborne Division" has finally received a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a 75-year delay.
On Sunday, Staff Sgt. Edmund "Eddie" Sternot was posthumously awarded with a Silver Star for his heroics while leading a machine gun team in the Ardennes Forest. The award, along with Sternot's Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was presented to his only living relative, Sternot's first cousin, 80-year-old Delores Sternot.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
Military families are suing their private housing provider over 'rampant mold infestation' at Fort Meade
Ten military families are taking their privatized housing provider, Corvias, to court over "appalling housing conditions and cavalier treatment" at Fort Meade in Maryland, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday by law firm Covington & Burling —which is handling the lawsuit pro bono, according to their press release — details "distressingly similar stories of poorly maintained infrastructure leading to serious problems, such as mold growing on walls, windows, and pipes," at the the installation.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Washington Post. The defendants identified include Corvias Management-Army LLC and Meade Communities, LLC, which is a part of Corvias.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a U.S. congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats - William Taylor and George Kent - voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.