I stand with Robert Smullen

I stand with Robert Smullen. It is the least I can do and it will never feel like it is enough. 

I have known Bob and his family my entire life. After losing my own father at an early age, I was fortunate to have men like Bob’s dad, his grandfather and uncles to turn to for role models. These guys are/were part of The Greatest Generation. They would give you the shirt off their backs, no questions asked if you needed it and would give you a kick in the tail if you needed that too. They taught the value of hard work and led by example in always doing the right thing. I have always been proud to consider these gentlemen as family and even more proud that they felt the same of me.

I stand with Col. Smullen today to tell you that he is cut from the same cloth as his father, grandfather and uncles. Most of his adult life has been spent serving his country as a United States Marine. He fought the Taliban during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. He followed that up with two additional combat tours, continuing to risk his life and sacrificing so much, as did so many other men and women serving our country.

When it was Bob’s time to retire, he returned home and made the decision to continue a life of service, first to the people of New York state as director of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District and most recently as a candidate for the 118th New York state Assembly district. Passing up lucrative opportunities in the private sector is an easy choice for a man like Bob as he truly believes that “servant leadership” to the people has always been his calling and life’s passion. 

We live in a time where some choose to take a knee before our flag to protest what they believe is wrong in our world. Bob Smullen has always stood tall for our flag, our country and all that he believes is good.

I choose to stand with him. Won’t you do the same? 

I encourage you to do your duty as a citizen by voting on Thursday, Sept. 13 and join me in standing with Robert Smullen for New York state Assembly.

KEVIN KUCEL

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