Monday, December 24, 2007

Boyda to spend Christmas with troops in Iraq

Congresswoman Nancy Boyda is currently on her second trip to Iraq, this time going so she can spend Christmas with our men and women stationed there.

According to a story that appeared in today's Topeka Capital-Journal, Boyda was one of seven members of Congress selected to go with Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton's (D-MO) delegation.

Boyda said she will share meals with Kansas servicemen and servicewomen tonight and on Christmas Day, and at some point meet with Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the multinational force in Iraq, and Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, who is responsible for the ground campaign there.

She also will be distributing Christmas cards made by Kansas grade school children to the troops.

We're proud of Congresswoman Boyda for taking the time to travel to visit our troops stationed away from their families this holiday season. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Boyda has shown she's a dedicated champion of the boots on the ground, and this is just another testament to that fact.

This is Boyda's second trip to Iraq since she took office in January.

Our prayers go out to all the members of the delegation (and all of our troops) for a safe return home.


Anonymous said...

it actually scares me when members of congress go to Iraq...aren't they, like, a perfect target?

Anonymous said...

A big-name Congressman or Senator would be a perfect target, but a first term Congresswoman from a podunk state wouldn't generate as much news. That being said, I doubt that Congressmen leave the Green Zone very often when they visit Iraq, and when they do they're so overly-protected that nobody could get to them. Remember Senator McCain's trip to the Baghdad market?

Anonymous said...

boyda's there with Ike Skelton, chair of the armed services committee...that make the party pretty big-name.

but, yah, i doubt they're out of the green zone too much

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