PRESS RELEASE: Common Defense, a Veteran-led Grassroots Organization, Endorses Moe Davis for Congress


June 23, 2020


Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, Ret.), the Democratic nominee for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District, has earned an endorsement from the veterans’ group Common Defense. The grassroots organization has 150,000 members and organizes, trains and mobilizes veterans to elect progressive leaders at the federal and local level.

“North Carolinians need someone to stand up for them against the corruption in Washington,” said US Army veteran Jose Vasquez, the Executive Director of Common Defense. “Moe Davis has what it takes to fight the power of corporate special interests, ensure the end of the forever war, and take care of our veterans and military families. Amid a global pandemic and economic crisis, our country has to come together to overcome these challenges, but the Republicans want us to be divided. Veterans like Moe are natural leaders who bring people together, which is why we’re proud to endorse him and support his campaign.”

Davis, 61, served for 25 years in the Air Force and is best known as the Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who resigned his post when ordered by the Bush Administration to use evidence obtained by torture. He later led the Air Force Judiciary and has worked as a national security specialist for Congress, law professor at Howard University and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Davis, who lives in Asheville with his wife, Lisa, won the 11th District Democratic primary in March against four opponents in his first political campaign.

“Thank you, Common Defense!” Davis said. “I’m gratified to have millions of veterans standing with me in my battle for the NC-11 congressional seat Mark Meadows abandoned for Trump. The nation is at a crossroads, where we either stand up and defend our democracy or we lay down and surrender to authoritarianism. We took an oath to defend our Constitution and we stand together to honor that commitment.”

Common Defense joins among veterans groups endorsing Davis for Congress. He is also endorsed by the Sierra Club, the North Carolina Association of Educators, the AFL-CIO Western North Carolina Central Labor Council, Equality NC, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Patriotic Millionaires and the Progressive Turnout Project. Davis has also been awarded the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction.

You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at and follow him on Facebook and Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNC11.

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