I was surprised to read via a link on Drudge Report this evening that Representative Jonathan Paton will be heading to Iraq at the end of August (read story). Jonathan has been a friend of mine for about ten years. Together, we have been a part of a handful of young Republican gents who have ventured into Southern Arizona politics. Unlike Jonathan, my bid for public office was not successful.
In 2000, Jonathan made his first attempt to represent the east side of Tucson and Sierra Vista. He narrowly missed being elected but was successful in 2002.
As Jonathan heads off to Iraq so serve his duty as an Army Intelligence Officer, my prayers will be with him. He leaves in the middle of his re-election bid but I am confident that the voters will re-elect him for his tremendous dedication to service. Jonathan has my personal endorsement and in conversations with him he knows I strongly encourage his constituents to cast their vote for him.
May God bless and protect him as he heads to Iraq to serve in the great cause of peace and democracy for the Iraqi people.