CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT PROCESS
Candidates for national office – from any party – that are identified as veterans, military family members, or veterans’-advocates are sent an inquiry as to their interest in endorsement by VMFP. We make every possible effort to contact all candidates for national office so that, if they respond, we can consider their responses. If they respond affirmatively, they are sent copies of our campaign and issues questionnaires. Upon return of the questionnaires, completed according to the instructions contained therein, the questionnaires are considered by the Government Affairs Committee to determine whether the candidate’s answers are satisfactorily in alignment with VMFP policy goals. When the committee determines that a candidate’s responses meet our criteria, a recommendation is made to the VMFP board to endorse that candidate. When the board approves, an endorsement letter and press release are sent to the candidate’s campaign.
In the 2014 Congressional Election, VMFP endorsed 5 candidates, 4 of whom won their election.
The candidates VMFP endorsed who were victorious were:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) was reelected in New Hampshire. She is a vet Family Member. Her husband Bill is a Vietnam Era Vet
Senator Mark Warner (D) was reelected in Virginia. He is a vet Family Member. His Father was WWII Marine Veteran of Pacific Theater.
Cheri Bustos (D) Illinois 17th CD. She is a vet Family Member. Her Father was a WWII vet.
Seth Moulton (D) Massachusetts 6th CD. Seth is n Iraq War Marine Veteran.
Endorsed but unsuccessful:
Fred Kundrata (D) 1st Ohio. He is an Air Force Veteran who lost to incumbent Congressman Steve Chabot