James Haldeman, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, is running as a Republican for the South Kingstown seat held by Democrat John Patrick Shanley Jr., is endorsed by the mayor of Fallujah, Iraq:
The endorsement letter from Mayor Dhari Abdul Hadi al-Irssan describes Haldeman as Fallujah's "favorite USA colonel." Al-Irssan said he would support Haldeman
for president if he chose to run for that post as well.
"As flattered as I am," Haldeman said. "I think that to serve in (House) District 35 will be plenty for me right now."
Haldeman, a pilot for American Airlines, came out of military retirement to go to Fallujah.
According to The Providence Journal, as commander of the civil military operations center in Fallujah, Haldeman oversaw reconstruction of water-treatment and power plants, schools and hospitals, and led efforts to encourage social interaction between Iraqis and the U.S. military and among the various factions of the city's population:
"We tried to renew their passion to become free citizens again," Haldeman said.
We are so fortunate to have men such as Haldeman willing to serve.