President Trump to David Bellavia: "He has my vote"

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Washington (WBEN) - David Bellavia was at the White House again Wednesday and expected the visit to come with much less stress as he witnessed another Medal of Honor ceremony.

But the attention turned quickly onto Bellavia as President Donald Trump acknowledged his presence and said, "I heard you may be running for office".  As Bellavia looked surprised by the comment, Trump continued, saying, "boy I'll tell you what he has my vote".

Medal of Honor winner David Bellavia looks absolutely horrified when Trump introduces him at MOH ceremony then begins talking about a possible campaign to draft him to run for office. Trump has often pushed partisan politics during this traditionally nonpartisan events.

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 30, 2019

As WBEN reported first earlier this month, Bellavia announced he would not run in the expected upcoming special election to fill the vacant NY27 Congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins.

Bellavia was in the front row of a White House ceremony for Master Sergeant Matthew Williams as he received the Medal of Honor, the first such ceremony since Bellavia's award in June.  Williams was honored for his brave actions in an Afghan valley in the spring of 2008.