Cory Mills says after Afghanistan, he’s not afraid to fight in Washington

Cory Mills
'After Al Qaeda and the Taliban, stopping these radicals doesn't scare me.'

Cory Mills said after fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’s more than ready for Washington’s battles. That’s the message the Republican congressional candidate dispatches in his latest video ad.

“After Al Qaeda and the Taliban, stopping these radicals doesn’t scare me one damn bit,” says Mills at the close of the video.

Like past messaging, Mills leans heavily on his time in uniform. Seen wearing a camouflage shirt, Mills talks over newsreel footage showcasing images of a more serious enemy than he faces on the campaign trail.

“In Iraq and Afghanistan, I fought tyranny,” he said. “We battled governments brutalizing freedom, controlling lives and forcing citizens to cover their faces.”

Most provocatively, Mills’ ad then visually contrasts pictures of women forced to wear burqas in Afghanistan to images of American figures wearing masks in the COVID-19 pandemic. He shows an image of Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, flanked by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“In America, our enemy is different, but the objective is the same,” Mills said. “Total government control.”

The advertisement is sure to touch on post-pandemic anxiety among conservative voters angry about lockdown policies. Fauci served as the face of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during extended periods of recommendations for mask wearing and support for mask mandates.

Of note, Mills has remained interested in helping the people of Afghanistan even though his military mission is complete. After a widely criticized withdrawal of U.S. troops last year, Mills worked with outside groups to continue evacuating Americans left behind in the war-torn nation.

The ad hits voters as Mills runs in a competitive Primary in Florida’s 7th Congressional District. He is one of eight Republicans running in an Aug. 23 GOP Primary, in a field that includes Erika Benfield, Brady Duke, Ted Edwards, Rusty Roberts, Armando Santos and Scott Sturgill. Mills closed the first quarter of the year with more cash on hand than any other candidate in the race.

The ad continues to present Mills as a soldier, conservative and political outsider.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Joe Corsin

    July 15, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Vote RED for inhumane, non empathic, and racist culture
    Vote RED for conservatism for the masses but lavish spending for the rich.
    Vote RED for levels of wealth and income inequality the likes of which the world has never seen
    Vote RED for domestic terrorism to eliminate government so that the GOP grifters can institute low wage slavery forever
    Vote RED for evil plutocracy in the name of God.

  • Elliott Offen

    July 15, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Another far right terrorist threatening to blow up America if he can’t be allowed to govern for the rich. When will we call out the military and annihilate the so called conservative Republican threats to humanity???

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