May 18, 2010

Stolen Valor: Democrat Senate Candidate Falsely Claims Vietnam Vet Status

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal stepped in it, big time:

"We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam," Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. "And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it Afghanistan or Iraq we owe our military men and women unconditional support."

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

Blumenthal eventually joined the Marine Reserves and served in a civil affairs unit, but never went to Vietnam during the war.

Hopefully, Connecticut's voters will treat him with the disdain he deserves.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 18, 2010 09:05 AM

I just read that he joinded the VFW. You need to have served in a war to quakify. I guess that puts paid to his " I did not mean to mislead anyone" meme.

He might well have been forced into joining after one of his unmisleading statements.

Posted by: davod at May 18, 2010 03:29 PM

Do you have a link to that VFW assertion? I'd really like to read that.

Posted by: ECM at May 18, 2010 06:50 PM

Did this guy sleep through the entire 2004 election cycle? Does he not remember all the flap about John Kerry and the Swift Boats?

Posted by: MikeM at May 18, 2010 07:06 PM