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http://bobmccarty.com/2008/08/26/help-b ... -congress/

I learned through a comment on this post that an effort has been launched to help Pennsylvania Republican Bill Russell raise $200,000 by Sept. 11 en route to ousting turncoat Congressman Jack Murtha from the 12th Congressional District seat he’s held far too long.

Not familiar with Murtha? He’s the Pennsylvania Democrat who described the so-called “Haditha Marines” as “cold blooded killers” during interviews and media opportunities over a period of several months. When the facts were heard, court rulings revealed dramatically different stories of personal courage under fire and true heroism. Better yet, seven of eight Marines have been found not guilty of all charges. One has yet to go to court.


Lt. Col. Bill Russell, on the other hand, is a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon and is running a grassroots campaign aimed at both setting the record straight and removing one of Washington’s most-entrenched power brokers from his comfortable perch on Capitol Hill.

Click here or on the image at right to view Colonel Russell’s latest campaign advertisement, an effort that spells out clearly the differences between a turncoat Congressman and a modern-day American hero.



***HuckPAC should most definitely be endorsing Col. Russell!!!!


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Dear Russell Brigade Member:
This morning POLITICO reported something from our campaign's ‘strange but true' file - take a look at the story: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22449.html when you have a minute. Murtha's team prides itself in a hardball brand of old politics, but this incident crossed every reasonable line, even by their standards.

I will be appearing on the Glenn Beck program on FOXNEWS tomorrow evening, (5/14) check your local listing for airtimes.


It's been an incredible few months since last November's Round One bout with Mr. Murtha, and our campaign hasn't wasted a minute. When I announced on Election Night that our fight against the Murtha Agenda wasn't over, I meant it.

We've recently re-launched the campaign webquarters, RussellBrigade.com with a new feature to help you follow the incredible trials and tales of Mr. Murtha -- we're calling it "Where's Jack Murtha?"

From the ongoing FBI investigation into the growing Murtha earmark scandal to his incredible statements on Guantanamo and torture, the case against his automatic re-election gets stronger every day.

We're working on some major projects right now that we will be announcing to you first! Please be sure to open our update emails so you don't miss a thing.

Thanks for all you're doing for Freedom's Cause. I value your friendship and support.

With gratitude,

Bill Russell


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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to force the House ethics committee to report whether or not it is investigating any misconduct by House members relating to the PMA Group, a lobbying firm that secured millions of dollars in earmarks for its clients.

The vote on a resolution offered by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was 270-134. Seventeen members voted present, including all of the members of the ethics committee. The Democratic resolution instructs the panel to report back to the full House in 45 days.

The reversal by House Democrats to address the controversy comes after repeated efforts by House Republicans to launch an investigation of PMA were blocked by Democrats. A series of news reports allege that several senior House Democrats on the Appropriations Committee received millions in campaign cash for their help steering federal projects to companies represented by the now defunct lobbying firm.
According to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, Rep Jack Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, who chairs the powerful Defense Appropriations committee, has steered over $130 million in projects to his district. PMA’s chief lobbyist Paul Magliochetti is a former Appropriations staffer with ties to Murtha. Murtha’s spokesman denies he has done anything improper.


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MURTHA SNUBS DISTRICT WITH CAP AND TRADE VOTE

District Residents Could See $2K Jump In Utility Rates
(JOHNSTOWN, PA) – Ignoring the importance of the coal industry in the 12th Congressional district, incumbent Rep. John Murtha (D) voted with his Democrat party leadership in supporting the Obama Energy Bill in the late night hours Friday. The bill, also called “Cap and Trade,” would heavily tax energy derived from fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

“Our local residents could see as much as a fifty percent increase in their home utility costs,” said William Russell, Republican candidate in the 12th district. “This bill is nothing more than a way for this government to take even more money from its hard-working citizens. Residents in this district are already having trouble paying their home heating and electricity bills, how can they afford to pay up to fifty percent more?

Russell also pointed out that Rep. Murtha also thumbed his nose at the district’s coal industry by supporting the bill. “Pennsylvania and the 12th district sit on some of the largest coal and gas deposits in the country,” said Russell. “Passage of this bill could virtually shut down the coal industry. We should be encouraging the development and use of clean coal technology. This is just another example of how Mr. Murtha puts the support of his party ahead of the needs of his district.”

Russell also noted that West Virginia’s three representatives voted against the cap and trade bill. “Voters in the 12th district have to ask themselves one simple question,” said Russell. “Why on earth would Mr. Murtha support this bill? There is only one answer, to pay back his boss, Nancy Pelosi.”


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Puzzling - I understand that Murtha was part of a group of pro-life Dems who wrote a letter to Obama that they could not support abortion as part of a nationalized healthcare plan.

He sounds like such a schmuck - why would he stick his political neck out like that?


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Let's pick these guys off one at a time.......

In case you missed yesterday’s New York Times Editorial ” What’s That Got to Do With Mr. Murtha?” – you’ll want to skim and forward it! – Bill



EDITORIAL | New York Times (07.19.09) One of the most favored insiders in Representative John Murtha’s rich churn of defense earmarks has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, shedding light on a twisting, pay-to-play money trail. The contractor, Richard Ianieri, admitted taking $200,000 in bribes from another big defense contractor in the Murtha orbit, and is cooperating with investigators.

“What’s that got to do with me?” commented Mr. Murtha, who previously lavished praise and tens of millions of dollars in contracts on the two companies caught up in the criminal investigation.

He asks an ever more urgent question. Investigators have not identified him as a target. But the inquiry is backtracking a trail of hundreds of millions awarded to Pentagon contractors who gratefully requited with tens of millions in political donations to Democrats on the appropriations subcommittee headed by Mr. Murtha.

In just one tangent of the complex inquiry, Mr. Ianieri’s company hired the lobbying firm of Mr. Murtha’s brother Kit. The company soon was blessed with money from an $8.2 million defense earmark. The Capitol newspaper Roll Call reported last month that Representative Murtha, using a 2005 tsunami relief bill, took the $8.2 million from another contractor that had severed ties with his brother’s lobbying firm. The Department of Justice alleges that Mr. Ianieri’s company then illicitly distributed $1.8 million of the money to other companies, some of them represented by Kit Murtha’s firm.

The Murtha money trail is far from fully explored but already features a second tangent of Congressional appropriations staff members’ exiting through the golden door to defense lobbying and scoring big contracts from their old bosses. Taxpayers should press the question of what all this has to do with Mr. Murtha (who has also used his gavel to create a luxury supermart of defense contractors in his Pennsylvania district).

Beyond the criminal investigation, a full-scale ethics inquiry should be pressed by House Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. If not, the Murtha money trail could lead them back to the minority.


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Hope PA GOP picks Lt. Col. Russell soon so HuckPAC can re-endorse......not much time before the special election......


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix ... ction.html
Why the Murtha special election is no sure thing for Republicans
At first glance, the special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D) in Pennsylvania is a golden opportunity for House Republicans looking to build momentum heading into what is widely expected to be a very good midterm election for the party.

Murtha's 12th district, located in western Pennsylvania, was the only seat in the country that went for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 and switched to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008 -- this in spite of the fact that Kerry won the state by three points while Obama carried it by 10.

Add that demographic trend line to the fact that the national political environment is tilted away from Democrats -- as evidenced by Sen. Scott Brown's special election victory in Massachusetts last month -- and it would seem as though Republicans enter the race as clear favorites to score a takeover.

But, as (almost) always in politics, there's far more to the story.

Here are five reasons why the Murtha seat is something short of a sure thing pickup for House Republicans.

1. Primary politics: Gov. Ed Rendell (D) has yet to set the date for the special election but it is widely assumed that he will choose May 18 -- the day already reserved for primaries around the state. Democrats will have two extremely competitive statewide primaries for governor and Senate, contests sure to drive excitement (and turnout) among the party's base voters. Republicans, by contrast, seem set to nominate state Attorney General Tom Corbett and former Rep. Pat Toomey in the gubernatorial and Senate races, respectively, without much fanfare. Add to that likely turnout gap the fact that Pennsylvania holds closed party primaries -- meaning that crossover voting within the parties is impossible -- and it looks likely that whoever the Democratic nominee is will start the contest with an edge in the shape of the electorate.

2. The selection process: As the Cook Political Report's David Wasserman notes, the last special election in Pennsylvania -- Rep. Bill Shuster's 2001 victory in his father, Bud's, old 9th district -- saw the candidates picked by county conventions not a primary. That sort of selection process is similar to how state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava was picked as the Republican nominee in the special election in New York's 23rd district last year, a decision of disastrous proportions for the GOP. With the most conservative wing of the Republican party already expressing their dissatisfaction with party leaders -- and many of them defecting to the nascent tea party movement -- the idea of a small group of people selecting the GOP nominee in PA-12 has the potential to provoke a redux of the New York brouhaha, fracturing the party and leading to a Democratic win.

3. Bench depth: Murtha ruled -- and we do mean ruled -- southwestern Pennsylvania for better than 35 years. In the process, he helped build a farm team of ambitious pols who Democrats will look to draw on as they seek to keep control of his seat. Among the names mentioned on the Democratic side: Murtha chief of staff John Huyga, Murtha's son John, former Lt. Gov. Mark Singel and state Sen. John Wozniak. The leading Republican names are Bill Russell, who took 42 percent of the vote against Murtha in 2008, and businessman Tim Burns.

4. Money matters: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continues to hold a wide fundraising edge over its Republican counterpart. At the end of 2009, the DCCC had $16.7 million in the bank as compared to $2.7 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee. That massive financial gap means that the DCCC can drastically outspend the NRCC in the district, providing substantial air and ground cover for their eventual candidate. ((In New York's 23rd, the DCCC spent roughly $200,000 more than the NRCC on independent expenditures.) Another complicating financial factor for House Republicans is the pending special election in Hawaii's 1st district. The GOP believes they have a chance to win that one and must make sure they have enough money to make good on the opportunity.

5. Track record: The DCCC has won the last five competitive special election in locations as varied as suburban Chicago, northern Mississippi and Upstate New York. While each special brings its own unique opportunities and challenges, the fact that the DCCC has pulled out wins in five straight competitive contests should not be undersold. It means that the committee understands the nuts and bolts of how you win these low turnout, quirky affairs. And, it means that until Republicans crack the code, Democrats will enter every special election with a little extra shot of confidence about getting to their win number.


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Republicans, by contrast, seem set to nominate state Attorney General Tom Corbett and former Rep. Pat Toomey in the gubernatorial and Senate races, respectively, without much fanfare

And it's a shame. Pro-life activist and manager of Bill Russell's last run against Murtha, Peg Luksik, is also running for PA Senate in the Republican primary.
And Sam Rohrer, a PA State Representative is in the Republican primary for Governor. These are the true grass roots candidates who will likely succumb to lack of funds and poor/nonexistent media coverage.

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http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/ ... _murt.html
"There will also be a special election to fill the remainder of Mr. Murtha's current term. The Republican nominee for the special election will be selected by 134 Conferees who will be selected from each of the nine counties in the 12th Congressional district based on the counties' population in the 12th District and the number of votes John McCain received in the last election. While I am very confident that I am the best candidate for both elections and will win the popular election in the primary, how the party will select conferees and the nominee for the special election is true "insider baseball." It is my hope that they will not ignore the will of the people.


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http://www.russellbrigade.com

Dear Friends:

It's been a wild weekend friends. Even as a Zogby poll has our campaign some 30 points ahead of our closest opponent, many Republican insiders continue to aggressively push for the endorsement of another candidate. Once again, the "gatekeepers" of the Republican Primary are working hard to keep voter choices to a minimum and carefully manage the outcome.


Their criteria for the next 12th Congressional District Congressman? Their sole argument for the candidate they want to choose? The ability to personally write a big, personal check. Seriously.


The problem many Americans like us have with the Republican leadership's vetting process is that it completely ignores how voters in 2010 will decide the outcome of elections. The insiders really don't get it. While being a millionaire doesn't disqualify you from running for office, neither should it be the basis for a candidacy.

Republican voters value a candidate's work ethic, public record and principles more than the ability to "self-fund" an election. They also are looking for someone who has cared enough about them to build relationships with them. It's almost insulting to us voters for the party leadership to act as though their approval should be based on the size of the candidate's check book.


Across the country, voters are choosing candidates based on something far more important that polls, personal wealth or party approval. We're deciding elections based on who has the courage of conviction.


I hope you'll consider volunteering for my campaign today, and becoming "Boots on the Ground" in the Russell Brigade. Your endorsement means more than any other stamp of approval.


Yours for Service,

Bill Russell
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:59 pm 
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Dear Russell Brigade Member:


I doubt you’re following the play-by-play in the 12th Congressional District, but it’s the fight to watch!


Democrats have selected Mark Crist, one of John Murtha's staff members. Their criterion seemed to be aimed at identifying the one person who can best protect the status quo.

On the Republican side, Harrisburg and Washington insiders have been busy making the case for a candidate’s “electability” or “viability” based on the potential congressman’s personal wealth, and willingness to spend that wealth to get elected.

On one hand, these same Republican leaders are courting Tea Party and conservative reformers while undercutting them with charges that they are part of a “rebellion.” ‘Trust us,’ they say – ‘we’ll reform the party ourselves.’

Friends, the tug-of-war between the grassroots and the political establishment is nothing new. In fact, whether the issue is the right-to-life, taxes, spending or national security, the Republican establishment has always tended to criticize the change agents before recruiting them for the next election.

The difference in 2010 is that we can’t wait for the Republican establishment to get it right. Their selections in recent years are one of the key reasons Republicans have been unable to take advantage of the Democrat’s ethical and management failures.

In 2010, we have to choose candidates with the record to match the rhetoric. That’s why I need your support.

Here are three things you can do right now to help me get elected:

1. FILL OUT A VOLUNTEER PROFILE | There’s no cost, and you’ll receive the latest information about volunteer opportunities in your area.
2. GET A FREE BUMPER STICKER | Send your name and mailing address to Info@RussellBrigade.com and we’ll send you a FREE bumper sticker today.
3. WRITE A LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR | If you live in the 12th Congressional District, please email a short endorsement letter on my behalf. You know my record, and my reasons for running – help me by making your message public!


Finally, thanks to the dozens and dozens of volunteers who circulated in the snow to get me on the ballot. I’m thankful for your hard work and perseverance.

With sincere thanks,

Bill

Bill Russell

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Republican Candidate for Congress

P.S. If you haven’t made a CONTRIBUTION to my campaign lately – now would be a great time to do it! Your help in any amount would be a major boost to our efforts. Thanks in advance for your timely help.


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RUSSELL RESPONDS TO SPECIAL ELECTION SELECTION

The Party Doesn’t Want a Candidate That’s Connected to the People


(JOHNSTOWN, PA) – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Russell, Republican candidate for the nomination for Representative in the 12th PA Congressional district announced today that he is “disappointed, but was prepared” for today’s selection of his primary opponent by GOP conferees for the upcoming special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. John Murtha.


“The party establishment has been saying all along that they prefer Tim Burns because he can write his own checks,” said Russell. “We’re not surprised. The party doesn't want a candidate that's connected to the people, they want one with money. While unfortunate, this was what we expected."


Russell says he will continue campaigning to be the Republican nominee in the May 18th primary election. “This is a fight we started more than two and a half years ago,” said Russell. “I have covered this district from one end to the other, and I am fully aware of how the voters feel disenfranchised by their elected officials and the party elite. This campaign is about the people, not the entrenched establishment.”

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Dear Russell Brigade Member:

I don’t like politics, and the process Republican leaders used last week to select their nominee for the coming Special Election confirmed so many of the reasons why.

The Republican State Committee meeting to choose Jack Murtha’s temporary successor had all the intrigue and drama of one of those old Frank Capra movies about old politics – minus the cigar smoke. In the end, even with the appointments of relatives, friends, and employees, the patron of the process, state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason, secured the nomination for his handpicked candidate by fewer than 40 votes!

Whether it’s in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, or right here in southwestern Pennsylvania, political games are the biggest reason the public is rallying to candidates and causes that don’t have the blessing of the kingmakers. We want choices based on core values, competence and commonsense – not just the formal backing of a tiny minority of voters.

The thousands of voters I’m meeting on the campaign trail are rallying to the idea that instead of funny business and clever politics, we’d rather decide for ourselves.

Instead of candidates picked by party leaders – let’s have an election!

Instead of healthcare bills passed by obscure maneuvers – let’s have an up or down vote!

Instead of handing our responsibility as citizens to party chairmen or congressmen – let’s get engaged and take responsibility for the future of our country and community!

As you may know, there will be two, simultaneous elections in the 12th Congressional District on May 18th - one is the Special Election, the other is the Primary. While GOP leaders did not nominate me for the Special Election – I will be on the ballot for the Primary contest - same day, two elections.


DONATE YOUR TIME.



Would you consider committing 24 hours to Russell Brigade voter outreach efforts in the coming weeks? Would you enlist to receive emails about door-to-door, phone calling and sign crew opportunities?

If we’re going to successfully challenge the combined resources of a self-financed multi-millionaire and the state and national Republican Party, it will take all of us. Please consider joining us today!

For Victory!

Bill


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(JOHNSTOWN, PA) – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Russell, Republican candidate for the nomination for Representative in the 12th PA Congressional district announced today that he is “outraged” at the passage of the Senate Healthcare Reform Bill by the U.S. House late Sunday. “This bill has been opposed by the American people for months and the Democrats in the House have ignored the will of the voters as shown by last night’s vote,” said Russell. “This bill is nothing less than a takeover of the healthcare system by a government power-grab the likes of which we have never seen before.”



Russell also pointed out that veterans and their families have been purposely ignored and rejected by this bill. “This legislation does not entirely recognize Veterans Administration and Department of Defense health care programs as acceptable forms of health care coverage,” said Russell. “That means our military and veterans could be penalized by having their current coverage through the VA. The legislation does not cover TRICARE beneficiaries, those surviving spouses, orphans, or Korean and Vietnam veterans' children. In fact, an amendment to include this coverage for veteran’s beneficiaries was not permitted to be included in the bill. This is tantamount to the Democrat-controlled Congress thumbing their noses at veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their surviving families.

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so there will be a special election to fill Murtha's seat for the remainder of this year and on the same day the primary for each party to choose their candidates for the general election in the fall which will decide who will fill this seat for the next two years (2011, 2012)

Russell is not on the ballot for the special election but he is on the Republican primary ballot

if you read the backstory, it reveals again that the leadership of the GOP still don't get it... hopefully Russell will win the primary and go on to win the general so that he can serve in Congress for the next two years

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so there will be a special election to fill Murtha's seat for the remainder of this year and on the same day the primary for each party to choose their candidates for the general election in the fall which will decide who will fill this seat for the next two years (2011, 2012)

Russell is not on the ballot for the special election but he is on the Republican primary ballot
if you read the backstory, it reveals again that the leadership of the GOP still don't get it... hopefully Russell will win the primary and go on to win the general so that he can serve in Congress for the next two years

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http://www.timesonline.com/bct_news/new ... -seat.html
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is coming to western Pennsylvania to stump for the Republican running to fill the congressional seat of the late Rep. John Murtha.

Gingrich will be in Latrobe Thursday to support 41-year-old Tim Burns, a businessman from Eighty-Four.

It will cost $150 to attend a general reception with Gingrich and $4,800 to attend a VIP event. Burns spokesman Tad Rupp says it wasn't difficult to get Gingrich to appear because "the entire country is paying attention to the race."
Vice president Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Pittsburgh Friday to campaign for Democrat Mark Critz in the May 18 special election. Critz was director of Murtha's district, which covers all or parts of eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Murtha died Feb. 8.

NOBODY is making a distinction between the special election and the GOP primary which (confusingly) are being held on the same day. Wish M.H. would have been more vocal on this crucial race in favor of Lt. Col Bill Russell - whom HuckPAC endorsed in 2008.......


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Supporter,

Many of you have contacted me to help you with the problems you are having with some of the Republican county offices. It appears that the office folks are confused about what is happening in this election.

Let me begin by giving you the information you have requested, and not received, from those offices. For those who have been told that you may not have my office phone number, you can call me at 814-254-4475.

For those who have been told that you may not pick up or store yard signs at county offices, we have signs available for pick-up at 1838 Goucher St. in Johnstown, or you can arrange to have one delivered to you by calling or e-mailing us.

For those who have been told that you may not use county offices to make phone calls on my behalf, we will be happy to supply you with a list and a script.

For those who have been told that you will not be assigned a poll if you want to support my candidacy, we are putting poll worker lists together right now, so let us know where you vote and we will plug you in.

The confusion is arising because the state party is attempting to merge the special election and the primary election into one race, and then claiming that I am not the “endorsed” candidate. My opponent is making no effort to set the record straight, but is cooperating in their effort.

The truth is that there are 2 totally separate elections happening on May 18th. There is the special election to finish the balance of Mr. Murtha's term. I am not on the ballot in that election, and have not involved myself in it in any way.

There is also the regularly scheduled Republican primary to determine who will represent us in November. I am on the ballot there. In that primary, there is NO endorsed candidate.

You should have had full access to every resource any Republican county office had to offer, and I am saddened to see the state party insiders attempt to deny you the opportunity to select your candidate in a fair and open primary. This behavior is one of the very things I am running to change.

It's time that we the people take our party back. I will see you at the polls on May 18th to do just that.


Thank you and God bless you

Very respectfully,

Bill


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The Pennsylvania Primary tomorrow will help decide the future of our country.

It is imperative that we get our vote out. The weather on Tuesday is expected to be nasty – rain and thunder storms. The less hardy may stay home (RINO’s, etc.), but the hardy souls of the Russell Brigade must and I’m sure you will get out and vote!

Here’s the game plan:


We are voting for Burns in the Special Election and voting for me in the Republican Primary. I know that many of you were disappointed (as I was) that the party bosses selected Burns over me to run in the Special Election. But, please follow my lead and vote Burns in the Special and Russell in the Primary.

I’m counting on you and I know you won’t let me down! Thank you.

Very respectfully,

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