State representative signs up for National Guard


​State Rep. John Lesch, a DFLer from St. Paul, will report to Georgia's Fort Benning on Monday to begin his stint in the National Guard as an infanryman.

He's declining to comment publicly about the move, so it's kinda hard to accuse the four-term rep. of trying to score publicity points-- although it's a helluva of resume-builder for any up-and-coming politician.

This isn't the first time Lesch has shown interest in military ventures. He made waves back in 2006 when he decided to travel to Iraq on his own dime/terms. The unsanctioned voyage elicited some criticism stateside, but Lesch stood by the decision.

"While it is true that most folks would choose more stable settings for their vacation, I believe the Iraq war is the seminal conflict for our age," Lesch wrote at the time. "What happens there today will affect many generations of Americans and Iraqis, and I seek to learn as much as possible in a short amount of time."

As for his latest foray: Lesch will reportedly finish his training in time to make it back for the 2010 legislative session, which starts in February. The duration of his term hasn't been made public.

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