You don’t lie about fighting in a war. It’s enough to disqualify a candidate for office, regardless of his or her other qualifications.
But Connecticut senatorial candidate Richard Blumenthal, who, according to the New York Times, obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps to avoid Vietnam, remains in the race.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is shamelessly blaming Republicans for the story — in particular, former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda (Mrs. Vince) McMahon, who is seeking the GOP nomination.
“Its no surprise Republicans would want to smear Dick Blumenthal, considering all of the debauchery at [WWE] under Linda McMahon’s watch,” said a flack. Note — beyond the absurd allegation that the Times and the GOP work in consort — the lack of a denial. Of course, there’s nothing to deny; Bluemnthal said he fought in Vietnam and military records prove otherwise.
I don’t know how anyone could vote for Blumenthal, the favorite to win the seat now held by Chris Dodd, after learning this. Connecticut Dems shouldn’t be saddled with him as the option to a wrestling tycoon.
UPDATE: National Dems are standing behind the fraud.
“I think he’s corrected the record in the past and I think his actions as it relates to standing up for veterans over a long period of time speaks volumes about where his heart and his actions are,” Mendendez said before citing an event Blumenthal will have with veterans later today. “I’m sure those veterans who will be standing up for him today will make the case for him, that he will continue to stay in the Senate race and that we will continue to support him.”
How has he “corrected” the record? Blumenthal was caught up in a lie and has yet to completely own up to it. I’m sure if he was down in the polls the Dems wouldn’t hesitate to cut bait.
This kind of fib reveals more about someone’s trustworthiness than, say, a lie about an affair. At least the cheater has some rationale for fabricating. B