Javier Sanchez, the senior legislative aide to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who was arrested last week for stealing money from the Congresswoman’s office looks like he may have embellished his career as a Marine, according to Talking Points Memo. They claim that they have his records and that he served with the Marines 1994 – 2002, but other people, not Sanchez himself, have mischaracterized his service. TPM says that the highest rank that he achieved was sergeant, and that he left the Marines as a Lance Corporal, but on several news shows, like Fox News, he has been referred to as a captain and that he served in Bosnia and Iraq, but his records indicate that he never served in those conflicts;
The Marines released the military service record matching Sanchez’s name and age to TPM on Wednesday. It showed that he served from 1994 until 2002 and was stationed at Parris Island in South Carolina, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan and at American embassies in Manama, Bahrain and Tokyo, Japan, and bases in Quantico and Arlington, Va. The highest rank he achieved was that of sergeant, according to the records.
At some of Sanchez’s public appearances, however, he was described as a Marine who had served in Iraq and Bosnia, and as having achieved the much higher rank of captain.
To be clear, there appears to be no evidence immediately available that Sanchez directly made false claims during his public appearances. The conflicts came when other people introduced him at events or described his history. But Sanchez appears to have done nothing to dispute these characterizations of him.
Yeah, not only did he not dispute the claims about his service, the people who made those pronouncements must’ve gotten the information from somewhere, most probably Sanchez himself. And the fact that he’s been charged with theft, only proves that folks who lie about their service have other criminal flaws.
Forgot to thank Chip for the link.