Ethan McCord, the soldier featured in the now infamous Wikileaks video leaked by Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, known as “Collateral Murder” who has been the subject of several films, including the Oscar nominated “Incident in New Baghdad” is running for Lt. Governor of the state of Kansas, alongside Jennifer Winn.
The Winn/McCord campaign will be challenging Governor Sam Brownback in the Kansas Republican Primary and announced Ethan as the running mate on February 11th at the Hyde Park Recreational Center located at 201 South Greenwood, Wichita, Kansas, 67211.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Kansas
Ethan McCord is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. As a member of Bravo Company 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Rangers, the ground troops involved in the now infamous “Collateral Murder” video released by Wikileaks in April of 2009. Ethan can be seen in that video carrying the wounded children from a bullet riddled van, saving their lives. Ethan, along with fellow company members, have come forward since the video’s release, sharing their experiences from that day, and the realities of war.
Ethan has been the subject of several films, including the Oscar-nominated “Incident in New Baghdad” and has traveled the nation speaking to high school students about his experiences. Ethan came home after being wounded in Iraq in 2007 and now resides in Wichita, Kansas with his wife Tammy, and their children, Aspen, Mikayla, Christian, Zane and Chloe.
Commenting on Bowe Bergdahl, soldier and US Prisoner of War, thought to be held by Haqqani network in Pakistan, Ethan said, “peaceful negotiations is how we bring Bowe back home. Bring all the troops home”…
Wellwishers left the following messages showing their support:-
Jessica Nichole Patterson
When we vote for a representative we are choosing to have someone lead us in decisions we can trust. Often times we base these choices on religion although I think we can agree religion has no place in politics. I want you to know who Ethan McCord and Jennifer Winn are so you can decide if you want them to lead us. I first met Ethan when he gave a speech at a church about saving 2 children in Iraq against an order to leave them. Had he left them they would have died. He did not know that there was a video of him doing this and that later a person named Chelsea (Bradley) Manning would release it. What Chelsea did was put transparency where it belongs, in the hands of Americans.
Ethan made a moral decision and saved those lives. That’s the kind of man we want to lead us. The kind of man who has held and cared for a suffering child against an order to let them die.
Jennifer is equally a good leader and I’ll tell you why. This is a woman who has faced the same obstacles in her life that we have in ours. A strong woman who wants to put options in the hands of Kansas. She is not career politics so you can trust that she is running solely to seek change in Kansas, not to profit as we often see. Ask yourself, in an election that can change our history do you choose to support these people rather than ignore issues? Do you choose to be a voice? Brownback will not save kansas. He will not help. And he will not help poor and struggling families. Trust someone who knows what its like to make tough choices. Choose a hero.
Ethan, I can’t tell you how much hope your announcement of your campaign with Jennifer Winn gives me. I will be sharing the information and encouraging people to vote in Kansas. If only we had candidates like you and Jennifer here in Floriduh…
My very best wishes and luck to you both.
Pls show your support to Ethan McCord. He is running for governor and Lt. Governor of Kansas…This guy is a true hero.
He is someone who will speak the truth about the occupations, which most people mistakenly think of as wars.
Sherrie England Mitchell
I admire your courage, passion, and persistence. You are asking to serve your country once again. Ethan, I can’t think of a greater blessing for Kansas than to have you represent that great state, Best wishes always.
American hero and brother Ethan McCord, who rescued two seriously wounded children from a burning vehicle, against orders, in Baghdad, Iraq as seen in the monumental documentary Collateral Murder and featured in Incident in New Baghdad, is running for the office of Lt Governor of Kansas, and I stand 100% with him on this EXTRAORDINARY DECISION!! He is truly a GREAT MAN, A GREAT AMERICAN!!
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.