Congress has become the battlefield for electoral struggles: many former US military, Republicans and Democrats, embark this year for the first time in politics in the United States with the hope of bringing the sense of duty and patriotism at the Congress, beyond the partisan lines. Washington could really need it.
In the United States, the degree of trust of elected officials is only 19%. Highly present decades ago in Congress, the ranks of veterans have become scarce, going from forming 70% of the elected in the 70s to just 20% today. This could change: about 200 veterans are candidates for the November 6 elections to renew the House of Representatives (435 seats) and a third of their senators (35 seats). Among them: a record of democratic women decided to serve as a counter-power against the Republican Donald Trump.
Soldiers, paratroopers, combat pilots and secret service agents, many became adults at the time of the September 11 attacks, before serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. In this contingent of candidates are both Democrats trying to wrest republicans from fiefdoms and republicans who want to take the Democratic ramparts, like the ex-marine in a very progressive California, Andrew Grant.
"Rescuers usually go where there's urgency, and right now there's a fire in Washington, so that's where I want to serve my country," says AFP MJ Hegar, Democratic candidate for 42, to a campaign meeting in Texas. Few veteran women are already elected to Congress today. Among them, Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth who lost a leg in the crash of his helicopter in Iraq. Republican elected to the House, the former combat fighter Martha McSally is trying to win this time the senator's seat for her state of Arizona. Encouraging the emergence of a "more efficient and less divided government" than the American organization "With Honor" this year supports 39 candidates from both sides.
Democrat Richard Ojeda, 47, wants to represent Washington West Virginia, a state in which the Republican Donald Trump had annihilated his rival Hillary Clinton. "The leader should not sit on top of a mountain and watch everyone downstairs wondering how they can keep him up," said the candidate to the Assembly. "He has to go down and help them get on". The American army creates a melting pot of cultures, religions and backgrounds "that come together to serve the common good," declared the Kansas candidate in the House of Commons on Fox News. "From there, the political struggles in Washington seem very bad."