Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) has made veterans issues and his supposed service in Vietnam a centerpiece of his campaign to replace Senator Chris Dodd as a senator from Connecticut. Quite frequently, Blumenthal speaks before veterans groups and often discusses the problems that he and other Vietnam Vets faced when they returned to civilian life. In many occasion, he gets quite emotional about the subject and burst into tears.
The problem is he never went to Vietnam. According to the NY Times and Washington Post, Blumenthal got five deferments between 1965 and 1970 to avoid service in Vietnam. During those years, he was able to go to Harvard and even get a job working for the Nixon administration. In 1970, when his deferments ran out, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve and served with the 4th Civil Affairs Group in Washington, D.C. The closest he got to combat in Vietnam was repairing playgrounds in southeast Washington, D.C.
Instead of backing away from this turd, the Democrats have gone on the attack and blamed Republicans (specifically Linda McMahon) for the reports about Blumenthal’s service:
Eric Schultz, communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, blamed Republicans for the report. In particular, he said, former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon, one of several Republicans running for the seat.
“It’s no surprise Republicans would want to smear Dick Blumenthal, considering all of the debauchery at [WWE] under Linda McMahon’s watch,” Schultz said.
Yeah, because the Washington Post and New York Times are in the pocket of the Republican Party. Whether this even puts Connecticut into play for the Republicans remains to be seen. Dodd was seen as weak before he announced he wasn’t running, however Blumenthal is (or was) extremely popular in Connecticut and was seen as a stronger candidate against than Dodd.
The New York Times did its homework on this guy and has a pretty good breakdown of his service records and what he actually did in the Marine Corps here. This is probably going to be the only time I am going to recommend you read the New York Times.
Here is a video of Blumenthal talking about veterans’ issues and saying he went to Vietnam: