Just minutes after campaigning for the 1st congressional seat at Holyoke’s library, Republican candidate Nathan Bech speaks on an issue close to his heart.
“Georgia’s a good friend. When other countries are hating and condemning America, they are cheering for us,” Bech says.
After spending hundreds of days in the Middle East, Bech worked side by side with Georgian troops. Now that the Springfield boy is back home, he returns with a first-hand perspective of the Russia-Georgia situation.
When serving in Iraq as a liaison between the U.S. and Georgian armies in 2005, Nathan Bech became friendly with some of the Georgian soldiers. He’s since been a wedding guest of one of the officers he befriended, attending the ceremony in Georgia.
Mr. Bech, a 33-year-old West Springfield resident campaigning for a U.S. congressional seat that represents Fitchburg, Gardner and Leominster, corresponded by e-mail Sunday with that same Georgian officer whose wedding he attended. The man had just moved his wife and child out of their home in besieged Gori, and was preparing to defend his small country from the Russians.
“He said words can’t describe what he’s seen,” said Mr. Bech, a Republican who is challenging U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, for Mr. Olver’s 1st District congressional seat. “Russia is bombing civilian targets. They’re going too far.” ,/blockquote>