Dan's Statement on the Racist Violence in Charlottesville

Fairfax, VA - Today, Dan released the following statement in response to the racist violence in Charlottesville, VA.

"This hateful violence in Charlottesville is the lifeblood of bigots and racists. They have injured our fellow Americans and defiled our streets. Armed militiamen parading around in uniforms mock the real service of soldiers who have sworn to protect a country where ALL of us are equal under the law. The violence we're witnessing is terrorism, not patriotism. As the Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors, who has served side-by-side with women and men of every color and creed, I know we need to stand together against attacks like these on our values and fellow citizens. Let's keep the victims of the attacks in our thoughts and pray that the hearts of these bigots are softened so that all citizens will be safe."

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Patriotism is Progressive

More than two centuries ago, on July 4th, 1776, our Founders set in motion a great experiment. They declared that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These, indeed, were revolutionary words. The struggle to realize their full meaning continues to this day.

March to Blue Candidate Profile: Dan Helmer and Virginia’s 10th Congressional District

Our guest today is Dan Helmer. Dan is currently running for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District to challenge Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock. Dan is a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from West Point and then supported counterterrorism and intelligence operations with multiple deployments overseas. He lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife Karen, a public school teacher, and his two sons Harris and Aaron.