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Blumenthal "I wore the uniform in Vietnam ...

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Last Edited: May 20, 2010, 12:07 pm

"Critics weigh Blumenthal's words

Neil Vigdor, Staff Writer

Source StamfordAdvocate.com

Published: 11:29 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back & to all kinds of disrespect. Whatever we think of war, we owe the men and women of the armed forces our unconditional support."

The occasion was the Stamford Veterans Days parade: Nov. 9, 2008. 

The speaker was Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, as quoted by The Advocate.

A trove of potential bulletin board material was unearthed Tuesday by Hearst Connecticut Newspapers from its archives quoting the once seemingly unflappable U.S. Senate candidate on his military record, one that he has been accused of embellishing.

During a May 18, 2009, military board tribute to veterans in Shelton, Blumenthal was quoted by the Connecticut Post as saying, "When we returned from Vietnam, I remember the taunts, the verbal and even physical abuse we encountered."

A year later at a Stratford Memorial Day event covered by the Post, Blumenthal dropped the "we" reference but didn't go out of his way to say that he never went to Vietnam.

"I am called general all the time in my role, but the highest rank I will ever have in life is as a sergeant in the United States Marines," said Blumenthal, who went on to comment how tough it was for veterans of the unpopular conflict to return to "taunts and jeers."

Blumenthal's critics claim that the Democrat's veiled references to serving in Vietnam, which the candidate himself qualified as rare and unintentional misstatements but now number at least five, establish a pattern of duplicity that calls his credibility into question.

"At one point I wanted to go up to him a couple of years ago and say, 'Hey Dick, you're giving the impression you were on the battlefield," said former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., "I thought that might come back to bite him."   ....................."

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/default/article/Critics-weigh-Blumenthal-s-words-491848.php

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Comments

1.
sully16Comment by sully16 - May 20, 2010, 12:40 pm
He's a disgrace to everyone who wears the uniform !
2.
konaneComment by konane - May 20, 2010, 12:45 pm
Thanks Sully! Yes and his embellishment needs to be publicized so voters can make an informed decision. Reminds me of Kerry's band aide 'injury' in Nam.
3.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - May 21, 2010, 5:01 am
Typical lying weasel politician. "Mistakes were made" "I misspoke" blah blah blah.

On top of that, he looks like an overly madeup corpse that just got out of his coffin. Cut back on the makeup and hair dye, dude!
4.
konaneComment by konane - May 21, 2010, 9:43 am
Thanks Rdgrnr! Dontcha just love how he's being called on it? Some say hatchet job, I say wipe the BS off his face so he can see he's been caught.

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