If you haven’t read the Greyhawk family’s research on our favorite mental patient/IVAW member over at the Mudville Gazette, you still don’t know the whole story. They recount a scam in his pre-Rick Duncan days that landed him in mental health treatment and later led to his scamming of the anti-war movement.
It seems that the Colorado Veterans Alliance has decided to fold under the weight of this investigation of Duncan/Strandlof’s deceit.
He spoke at a Barack Obama veterans rally in front of the Capitol in July, co-hosted several events with then- congressional candidate Jared Polis and attacked Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer in a TV ad paid for by the national group Votevets.org.
And the mostly Democratic candidates he supported — looking for credibility on veterans issues and the war — lapped it up appreciatively.
Now, politicians are dealing with news that the man they believed to be a former Marine and war veteran wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb, in fact, never served in the military — but did spend time in a mental hospital.
Many of the candidates he supported won their elections handily and now say they were defrauded as much as anyone else.
“His fraud is a slap in the face to veterans everywhere and a betrayal to us all,” Rep. Polis, a Boulder Democrat, said in a written statement Thursday.
His fraud was easily detectable, the Democrats just happened to be enamored with his message more than verifying who he was. They liked the fact that a gay veteran was willing to speak out for them – never mind that he’s not who he says he is. After all, the Democrats have always placed more importance on form over substance. Who cares if Duncan/Strandlof wasn’t a veteran – he had a uniform on while he said all of the pretty words they wanted to hear.
It’s the same reason that he was accepted into the IVAW and Vote Vets – he made a nice centerpiece and said everything they wanted him to say. Who cares if he was an empty suit.