This is a nice endorsement for Democratic Congressional candidate Bob Abboud, especially because of General John Borling’s active involvement with Republican Presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign, including serving as a member of McCain’s finance committee.
General Borling, a fiscal conservative and social moderate, has a number of disagreements with current Republican Congressman Don Manzullo, who he launched an independent bid against in 2006. General Borling said at the time, “Brutally said, if you want to waste your vote, vote for more of the same.” Apparently General John Borling believes we still need change – and that Robert Abboud offers it for voters in the 16th Congressional District.
From the Citizens for Robert Abboud press release:
Major General John Borling Endorses Bob Abboud
Borling: Abboud is a Strong Leader Who Gets Results
ROCKFORD – In front of a crowd of more than 100 people Major General John Borling (USAF-ret) endorsed congressional candidate and nuclear engineer Bob Abboud, calling Abboud’s leadership and ideas ‘exactly what the 16th District and America need.’
“With gas prices out of control, the economy weak, unemployment a problem – especially in Northern Illinois – crushing national debt and skyrocketing health care costs, the 16th District and America need new, visionary leadership,” Borling said. “I have endorsed Bob because he has extraordinary judgment and an intelligence that we desperately need in Congress. He is the right man for the job, I support his candidacy because its time for a change in Illinois.”
General Borling, a highly decorated, 37 year Air Force veteran and fighter pilot, commanded major units across the globe. His high level staff duty included: The White House, The Pentagon, Headquarters North and The Supreme Headquarters in Europe, and Head of Operations for Strategic Air Command.
“I’ve known and been involved with the Abboud family for a long time,” Borling said. “Bob Abboud is a strong leader who gets results. A fiscal conservative and a social moderate, Bob needs to be our choice for Congress this November.”
“I am very grateful for the support of John Borling. I thank the General for his distinguished and continuing service to our country, his endorsement, and most importantly his counsel and friendship,” Abboud said. “His endorsement is a clear signal to Democrats, Republicans and Independents across the 16th District – a signal that this election is about more than party politics, it’s about the kind of change and results we want and need in the Congress and Northern Illinois. Please join and support us in that effort.”