Swiftboat figure vies for House seat

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An important figure in the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign is running for the House seat held by Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, who emerged as a key, last-minute supporter of President Obama’s health-care reform bill.

Paul Schiffer, a longtime conservative activist and talk-radio host, helped launch the media campaign that many believe was a decisive factor in Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry’s defeat. Schiffer also arranged for the publishing of “Unfit for Command,” the New York Times No. 1 best-seller that documented the swiftboat vets’ claims.

Schiffer is one of four Republicans vying for the party’s nomination in Ohio’s 16th district May 4.

His campaign will have a swiftboat flavor this weekend when the public face of the 2004 effort, former swiftboat officer John O’Neill, will tour the district with him and be featured at a fundraiser at a veteran’s museum.

Obama singled out the district’s Democrat incumbent Boccieri for praise in a speech a day before the House passed the party’s massive health-care reform program.

“When I see John Boccieri stand up proud with a whole bunch of his constituencies … in as tough a district as there is and stand up with a bunch of folks from his district with pre-existing conditions and saying, ‘You know, I don’t know what is going on (in) Washington, but I know what’s going on with these families’ – I look at him with pride,” Obama said to applause.

Boccieri said later, according to a spokesman, he was “honored that the president recognizes that this is a courageous vote for him.”

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