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    Say Bye-Bye To Conn. Senate Candidate Blumenthal (D)

    Say Bye-Bye To Conn. Senate Candidate Blumenthal (D)

    Richard Blumenthal, current Attorney General of Connecticut and Democratic candidate for Senate, has a problem. A big problem.

    Blumenthal is considered the overwhelming favorite to keep Chris Dodd’s seat in Barack Obama’s hands.

    But, if this NY Times report is true, Blumenthal’s days should be numbered, because he has flat-out lied about serving in Vietnam, a tale Blumenthal often tells on the campaign trail:

    At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

    “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.

    This should put an end to Blumenthal as a candidate. But “should” never really meant much for Chris Dodd, so we’ll see.


    Here is part of Slate’s profile of Blumenthal in 2000: “At 24, Blumenthal turned down the directorship of VISTA. He enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.” In fact, according to the Times’ report, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves only after all his deferments had expired and it was clear he would be drafted.

    Here is the partial bio of Rob Simmons, former Republican Congressman and leading contender for the Republican nomination: “Rob’s public service career began when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 as a Private, and spent 19 months in Vietnam where he earned two Bronze Star Medals.”

    Simmons didn’t take long to Tweet:

    Linda McMahan, another Republican candidate, has posted the video of Blumenthal’s famous statement (no embed available, I guess she wants you to visit her YouTube channel).

    Found an alternative post of the video with embed enabled:


    Updates 5-18-2010:

    The McMahon campaign is taking credit for the opposition research which broke the story, per Politico:

    Pulling back the curtain on journalistic sausage-making usually hidden from voters, a Republican Senate candidate is taking credit for the front-page New York Times story accusing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of “plainly untrue” remarks about Vietnam service.

    The campaign of World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Blumenthal, is doing little to discourage suggestions it provided the sort of opposition research to The Times that is known around campaigns as an “oppo dump.”

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    Comment from uncledan (generating bX-6t5z2i error, so I'm posting it): "I don't get it. Why would the ultra-Left NYT drop this bomb tonight instead of two days from now when it was safe? Unless they knew someone else had the story and was about to drop it tomorrow morning."

    OK, now I'm really pissed.

    "Mr. Curry said the records showed that Mr. Blumenthal had received at least five deferments. Mr. Blumenthal did not dispute that but said he did not know how many deferments he had received."

    I guarantee you that every one of us male baby boomers knows EXACTLY how many deferments we got. I got two before enlisting in the Navy.

    Then there's this.

    "On a less serious matter, another flattering but untrue description of Mr. Blumenthal’s history has appeared in profiles about him. In two largely favorable profiles, the Slate article and a magazine article in The Hartford Courant in 2004 with which he cooperated, Mr. Blumenthal is described prominently as having served as captain of the swim team at Harvard. Records at the college show that he was never on the team.

    Mr. Blumenthal said he did not provide the information to reporters, was unsure how it got into circulation and was “astonished” when he saw it in print."

    Apparently not astonished enough to ask for a correction though.

    The guy is a first class prevaricator who has been exposed. And a fake vet besides. He should be removed as Attorney General of Connecticut and tried under the Stolen Valor Act.

    This is just sad. I feel sorry for anybody caught up in a mess like this, Republican or Democrat. Here's a guy with an accomplished life who throws it all away for…what? To engage in utterly unnecessary exaggerations about his military career? Why? It's just so sadly, tragically dumb. Call me soft-hearted but I really feel bad for this guy. He's going to deserve what he gets, but still…man. How's he going to face his friends and family? And all those vets. Wow.

    I think if he'd just been another guy who was in uniform but was lucky enough to have done all his time in Germany during the Vietnam war and maybe was a little slipshod in how he described his service, well, okay. Embarrassing but possibly recoverable. But he wasn't that. He was a "child of privilege", someone who had access to the best education, the right people, the perfect opportunities and then when he had to serve or be drafted he landed way outside the sh*tpile a whole lot of other people weren't so lucky enough to avoid. It encapsulates what so many people believe about the war, that if you were born right you got the magic pass and if you weren't, well your name's on a black wall and some old guys sitting down at the VA Hall are the only ones who kind of remember that you were once young and alive. And the guys who got away with it? They run the country now.

    Kerry has still not given his Navy Records overseer permission to share his Vietnam three Purple Hearts info with the Boston Globe. At the time, non-hero Kerry could get a return ticket home with three PH's and many GIs of moral turpitude and abject cowardice [both apply in Kerry's case] used fake self-inflicted wounds to dodge more 3365 & a wake-up. Kerry was a mere lying cheat, but Blumenthal has the Democrat disease full-bore and like his gambling addiction, has a compulsion to lie.

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