Blumenthal Lies About Military History
May 18, 2010
I smell a rat! This is timely as I just finished giving a webinar for Talx (The Work Number) on Social Networking and lying on your resume. We covered criminal background checks and diploma and employment mills. What we didn’t cover due to time constraints was falsifying your military history. This is big news today, its election day in many states. Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal says he misplaced some words. I say he took advantage of carefully selecting words and not making the proper corrections. One single word “in” compared to “during” completely changes the context of the statement. This was said [incorrectly] many times and he never corrected it? Come on, I’m in the truth business, he’s running for Senate, he should be too! You be the judge!
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday conceded he had “misspoken” in claiming repeatedly that he served in Vietnam, dismissing the furor as a matter of “a few misplaced words.”
At a news conference backed by veterans, the popular Connecticut attorney general and front-runner to replace the retiring Sen. Christopher Dodd said he meant to say he served “during Vietnam” instead of “in Vietnam.” He said the statements were “totally unintentional” errors that occurred only a few times out of hundreds of public appearances.
The brewing campaign crisis erupted after The New York Times reported Monday that Blumenthal had distorted his military service. The story included quotes and a video of Blumenthal saying at a 2008 event that he had “served in Vietnam.” It also cited several instances of media reports — apparently uncorrected by Blumenthal — that described him as a Vietnam veteran.
Blumenthal underwent six months in Marines boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and served six years in the Marine Reserve, beginning in 1970, none of it overseas. Before that, Blumenthal got five deferments to avoid going to war between 1965 and 1970.
The furor has raised Republican hopes of taking Dodd’s seat and chipping away at Democrats’ Senate majority.
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