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CALIFORNIA: Freshman lawmaker leaves Assembly today -- for Afghanistan
SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/17/11 | Jim Sanders

Posted on 03/17/2011 12:45:10 PM PDT by SmithL

Months after taking office, Jeff Gorell is leaving the Assembly today - for a military deployment to Afghanistan.

The Camarillo Republican, a lieutenant commander in the Navy reserve, previously was deployed to Afghanistan shortly after the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center.

"I felt very safe when I was there before. and I hope I'll feel the same way when I'm there this time," Gorell said when asked about dangers inherent in his "boots on the ground" job as an intelligence officer. "I'll see when I get there."

Gorell, a 40-year-old freshman who was sworn into office in December, has introduced 15 Assembly bills, most of which have joint or co-authors who will shepherd them through policy committees while he is gone, he said.

"It's frustrating to be gone from my family and from the job I've grown to love, but I've laid a lot of groundwork with my legislative package and with joint authorship with other members," he said.

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TOPICS: California; State and Local
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; caassembly; jeffgorell; patriot

1 posted on 03/17/2011 12:45:18 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

God bless him and may he come home safely, and soon. BUT this sounds like the kind of guy we need in Sacramento...

2 posted on 03/17/2011 1:14:15 PM PDT by MS from the OC (Obama foreign policy"If you're an enemy we're sorry; if you're a friend, you're sorry" Abe Greenwald)
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To: MS from the OC

Good man. Ted Lieu is an Air Force reserve JAG and an assemblyman as well.

Colonel, USAFR

3 posted on 03/17/2011 1:25:26 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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