Phony Vietnam Vet In Connecticut Senate Race

| May 17, 2010

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:

Jonn added: Links to Dave in Texas and Uncle Jimbo on the subject.

Category: Media, Phony soldiers, Politics

Comments (19)

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  1. B Woodman says:

    When WILL these lying asshats ever learn? You just CAN’T phony your way through something that public. You’re sure to be outed.

    What an idiot.
    He already has (at least) three strikes:
    -Went to Havahd
    -A Demonrat
    -Lying about service record

    I wonder if he’s ever held an honest blue-collar job in his life? Or if he’s another Slick Willy, and jumped immediately into civil service after graduating Havahd?

  2. Paul says:

    By all rights, he may actually be able to phony his way through the election.

  3. NHSparky says:

    Paul–it’s CT, which means the mouthbreathers see a “D” after his name and pull the lever like good little trained monkeys. Just ask Chris Dodd.

  4. jrnymnjoe says:

    it will be intresting to see if he will be prosecuted under the stolen valor act

  5. TSO says:

    I don’t think he violated any stolen valor stuff actually. He didn’t seem to lie about specific medals etc.

  6. Jerry920 says:

    Remember when Dems used to hide their military service? Or just draft dodge and hold that up as a badge of valor? Now they are desperately trying to push closer to center and they’re manufacturing or embellishing any level of military service.

    I remember a poll taken during the ’04 election that showed that Dems weren’t really bothered by these kinds of things as they expected politicians to be corrupt.

    Heck, look at Marion Barry. Here in the District of Calamity he’s still being elected to office. When that crack-head goes they’ll mourn for weeks. By rights he should have been returned to jail long ago.

  7. Adirondack Patriot says:

    Another point not to be overlooked: Democrats love to jump all over deferments when Republicans received them (see Cheney). You think Blumenthal’s deferments will come into play in this race? Don’t hold your breath on that one.

    And why did it take this long for someone in the Republican Party to dust off his military record? Disgraceful slackers.

    Now that this has come to light, Connecticut Republicans need to see if he actually made his drills and scrutinize his attendance records like they did with President Bush.

    Maybe they can get that magical fax machine that communicates with deceased former officers, like Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian. Let’s call Dan Rather and see if he still has it.

    Oh, and one other thing: Lying attorneys tend to draw the attention of the state Bar Association. I hope someone files a complaint with the Connecticut Bar Association regarding his character and fitness as an attorney.

  8. Old Tanker says:

    You guys are all wrong, he’s a Democrat. He’ll turn lying about his service into a resume enhancement. Hid Dem. opponent is all over him about this yet who is the real culprit here? Certainly not him, he’s the victim in all this, it was one of the Republicans fault……..

  9. 1AirCav69 says:

    I would like to clear up this whole “misuderstanding”.

    1. He set foot in Vietnam. While in Washington, DC he stepped on Vietnamese Embassy grounds. Embassy grounds are soverign territory of the country who’s embassy it is. ipso fatso…he was “in Vietnam”.

    2. After setting foot in Vietnam, he was spit on. While doing his Toys for Tots assignment a baby he was holding spit-up on him as babies will do. ipso fatso…after setting foot in Vietnam he was spit on.

    He will now have a press conference where “veterans” will say what a great guy he is, how this is just a “missunderstanding”, and how these veterans, all who served in Vietnam, forgive him. Hopefully he will also use my two reasons to prove he is who he is.

    Honor and Courage

  10. UpNorth says:

    1AirCav, as long as he doesn’t march up to a TV camera, salute and say “reporting for duty”. Surrounded by others also “reporting for duty” and telling everyone to vote for him, because he’s fit for command.

  11. GI JANE says:

    What is with these morons? Faking your service record, especially in this day and age of cyber research, is just stupid on steroids. I love how assclown Eric Schultz goes right for the “blame Republicans” tactic rather than Blumenthals’ behavior. Which means the Dems will do every thing they can to get this jerk elected.

  12. amazing stuff here says:

    This guy is terrible, but he’ll probably win.

    But it surprises me that TAH would use such a leftist/communist source such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. I wonder if Sparky and North are upset with you, nah. No consistency!

  13. Richard Blumenthal is just another lying Democrat that tries to be all things to all people. They really don’t offer solutions to problems. What’s more important to them is pitting one group of Americans against the other to seize more power and control for government.

    When will people learn?
    The Last Tradition

  14. NHSparky says:

    ash–are you angry with me still, ya little fucking pogue? STFU and go get me a beer, and after that, go fix me a turkey pot pie, bitch!

    I think Dan pretty much said it in his post. I had to look at the story 3 times myself to be sure it wasn’t the Onion or some other joke site.

    Oh, and Adirondack, I’m sure you know that up in this portion of the country, Republican is usually a title that means little to nothing–just ask Obama’s Comfort Girls, Senators Collins and Snowe…

  15. rick says:

    I don’t really have anything to add. I think you all have covered it. No matter he is a Dem in a Dem state. He’ll get elected and then they name something after him. The M34A6 Blumenthal portable toilet.

  16. amazing stuff here says:

    The internet tough guy speaks again!!