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Mike Sullivan Suggests Military Service He Never Had
Mike Sullivan for Senate ^ | 4/22/13 | Sullivan

Posted on 04/22/2013 12:19:29 PM PDT by pabianice

Michael Sullivan is running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Massachusetts. In his latest mail flyer (above) he prominently shows a USMC AV-8B Harrier below statements about how strong he is on national defense, suggesting his own military service. The problem is that he has no military service, but is instead a career pol. I strongly believe this is a cynical and unacceptable attempt to portray himself as something he is not.

A Republican opponent, Gabriel Gomez, IS a former Naval Aviator and SEAL who shows in his adds an E-2C Hawkeye catching the wire aboard the boat. I guess Sullivan needed to whistle-up something to combat Gomez's military creds. Sullivan owes the voters an apology.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: gabrielgomez; massachusetts

1 posted on 04/22/2013 12:19:29 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

The Harrier represents the amount of hot air this guy is capable of blowing.


2 posted on 04/22/2013 12:21:20 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: pabianice

I don’t see anything dishonest there — it’s quite straightforward at showing he he believes his law career can be shown a support for the military, and makes no claims as to any military experience.

I guess the objection would the use of the military plane in the ad? I don’t see that as dishonest, but YMMV.


3 posted on 04/22/2013 12:23:32 PM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: pabianice

Whether or not Sullivan’s add is misleading, I’ll still pick the other guy - a naval aviator and SEAL before ANY career slime...er..politician.


4 posted on 04/22/2013 12:26:02 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: pabianice

In the liberal cesspool called Taxachusetts, it might be wise for an (R) to DOWNPLAY his military service.

On the other hand, if he’s ever had gay sex, he may want to work *that* into the ad somehow.


5 posted on 04/22/2013 12:27:14 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: pabianice

Democrat Sen Richard Blumenthal of CT repeatedly made allusions to his service in Vietnam. While he did serve in uniform he never set foot in Vietnam or any combat area ever. He finally grudgingly admitted that he may have been “unclear” about his service.

Sen Richard Bloomin’ Liar


6 posted on 04/22/2013 12:27:14 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: pabianice

The ad looks pretty straightforward to me, also. You might not like the guy, and I have no idea whether he’s any good or not. But I don’t see any false claim of military service in that advertisement.


7 posted on 04/22/2013 12:27:29 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Da Coyote
I’ll still pick the other guy - a naval aviator and SEAL before ANY career slime...er..politician.

Who also is an Obama donor. No thanks
8 posted on 04/22/2013 12:32:40 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: pabianice

As a former Service Member, I do not see a problem here....

He stating his position on defense, not that he served...

A tempest in a teapot....

Now, if ya’ want to whack him on his previous or current positions, feel free....


9 posted on 04/22/2013 12:36:30 PM PDT by nevergore
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To: pabianice

ATF Director, Sullivan’s a good little Nazi. Burn those children in Waco to a fricking crisp. Why doesn’t Hussein put this cow flop in his cabinet. I don’t care how many alleged weapons violations that the ATF thought the Branch Davidian’s had committed, the ATF could have grabbed their leader at the 7/11 every morning as he jogged by. Sullivan’s a Nazi period!


10 posted on 04/22/2013 12:37:37 PM PDT by STD (One day closer to street justice)
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To: pabianice

I've never been in the military, only a dependent and sibling of. But I post things all the time that insinuate that I'm hoo-ray for active and retired military and their families. I even get the occasional nasty-gram from libs because they think I'm USMC. In this case I think it's in the eye of the beholder.

11 posted on 04/22/2013 12:38:40 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: pabianice
Well it is Massachusetts.
Home of Fauxahontas, Ted, the swimmer and John, I am a war hero.
12 posted on 04/22/2013 12:39:22 PM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: pabianice

Are you &^%$ing kidding me? It suggests nothing of the kind. Gabriel Gomez is a Deval Patrick and Barack Obama toe licker of the first order and has ZERO business calling himself a Republican.


13 posted on 04/22/2013 12:39:40 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: pabianice

The line, “Tested and Trusted”, makes me think he was in the military. He’s got a pretty good CV so maybe he’s referring to being an attorney and ATF Director.

Under his name it says, “US Attorney with the experience to lead on National security.”

I’d give him a pass although it does appear he was slyly trying to imply he served.

At least he didn’t claim to be in SEAL team 6. I forgot what biography I read but in it, he said that most phonies pick SEAL team 6 to claim to be a member of.

Forget the ad, if you’re in his state, vote for whoever’s stance is what you believe is best for your state.


14 posted on 04/22/2013 12:41:31 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Please! There’s nothing misleading here. Yes, Gomez does have military cred. But he’s a closet democrat. Sullivan the prosecutor of terrorists is just the man we need right now, not a Deval Patrick flatterer and Obama contributor.


15 posted on 04/22/2013 12:41:37 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Lighten up Francis. It was a joke.


16 posted on 04/22/2013 1:02:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: pabianice

I just got an email from Bill Weld endorsing Gomez.

I’ll stick with Sullivan.


17 posted on 04/22/2013 1:02:36 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You hit my “pushing a moderate” nerve, haha.


18 posted on 04/22/2013 1:10:30 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: pabianice

I do not see that this implies he served in the military.


19 posted on 04/22/2013 1:17:46 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: pabianice
I'm in TX and don't have a dog in this race, but for some reason I'm getting emails from this guy Sullivan. Here's his latest, FWIW...

Press reports out tonight indicate that we have a major problem in the Special Election for U.S. Senate which takes place in just over a week.
According to the Massachusetts Republican newspaper, Obama supporter Gabriel Gomez has raised over $580,000 - plus loaned his campaign another $500,000 - which has given him a campaign warchest of over $1 million.
Gomez, you'll recall, endorsed Barack Obama for president, contributed to his campaign and pledged his support for Obama's agenda, particularly on immigration reform (amnesty) and gun control.
The conservative Republican candidate in the race, Michael Sullivan (who we have endorsed) has raised just under $200,000. This means Gomez holds a nearly 5-to-1 fundraising advantage over Sullivan.
We have 9 days to narrow this gap and raise enough money to make this race competitive and ensure a victory for constitutional conservative, Michael Sullivan over Obama-supporter, Gabriel Gomez.
About Michael Sullivan: A self-described "proud Republican," Michael Sullivan is an American success story. Sullivan started as a stock clerk for the Gillette Corporation and after 16 years with the company he worked his way up to become Assistant to the President.
A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Sullivan has served as a Republican State Representative, a District Attorney and U.S. Attorney. While U.S. Attorney, Sullivan helped prosecute a number of terrorism cases including the infamous "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid.
Above: Michael Sullivan helped bring the "Shoe Bomber" to Justice

Again, FWIW.

20 posted on 04/22/2013 1:20:01 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Da Coyote

You mean Gomez the navy seal who donated to Obama? Really??


21 posted on 04/22/2013 1:20:59 PM PDT by tkas (Conservative mom)
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To: pabianice

Gomez is an Obama loving, Deval Patrick praising RINO.


22 posted on 04/22/2013 1:36:46 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Jane Long

Gomez wears a SEAL pin in his lapel. Can anyone confirm or deny that he was a SEAL? He was an aviator, which is a seven year commitment after wings; That would account for his professed nine years of service, unless he somehow changed from Aviator to SEAL within that nine year window.


23 posted on 04/22/2013 2:15:41 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
suggesting his own military service.

I read thru the flier three times and couldn't find it. My eyesight is bad, is there some fine print that I somehow missed?

24 posted on 04/22/2013 2:21:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Lx
“Tested and Trusted”, makes me think he was in the military

Are you really serious? If so, what branch of the military do you think the Energizer Bunny commercial implies he served in?.........Sheesh!

25 posted on 04/22/2013 2:27:12 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Hot Tabasco

When someone says they are, “tested and trusted”, what were they tested and trusted in? Was he car salesman, a Doctor, exorcist, police officer? The first thing I thought of was military.

But as I wrote, it looks like he’s talking about his CV as an attorney and an ATF Director so it doesn’t bother me as the ad, taken as a whole is about his attorney, director credentials although it does, slyly attempt to imply he served but you know what, I’ve got Feinstain and Boxer and anyone would be better than those two.


26 posted on 04/22/2013 2:58:35 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: kevkrom
I guess the objection would the use of the military plane in the ad? I don’t see that as dishonest, but YMMV.

Doesn’t matter one whit. The Supreme Court has already ruled it is ok for politicians to lie about military service. Ask the people at Stolen Honor how that works.

27 posted on 04/22/2013 4:06:36 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; kevkrom; Da Coyote; Nervous Tick; muir_redwoods; Always A Marine; GQuagmire; ...
Hi All... just wanted to clear some things up on this thread.

Obviously this thread was started by a Gabriel Comez supporter - which is fine, Gomez supporters are entitled to push their candidate and knock down his opponents.

But there are key facts here which have been left out:

1. You all do know that Gabriel Gomez is an Obama supporter, correct? In 2008 Gomez endorsed Obama and contributed to his campaign.

2. When Obama appointed John Kerry to be his Secretary of State and thus the Senate seat Kerry occupied became vacant, Gomez wrote and personally delivered a letter to the liberal Democrat Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. Gomez praised the Democrat governor's "national reputation for bold and thoughtful leadership" and said appointing him would be "good for Democrats." Oh, and Gomez bragged about his support for Barack Obama and pledged his support for Obama's policies on immigration reform (amnesty) and gun control. Read it for yourself - here's the letter he wrote stating all the things I just referenced: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/mass_roundup/2013/03/gabriel-gomez-patrick-letter.html?page=all

3. One of the reasons Michael Sullivan is touting national security issues is because as a U.S. Attorney, Sullivan was on the team that brought the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid, to justice: http://www.ashcroftgroupllc.com/news/archive/sullivan-refliects-on-his-tenure-u.s.-attorney-says-shoe-bomber-gary-sampso/

4. Sullivan called himself a "proud Republican" and has been endorsed by the Conservative Campaign Committee (conservative group led by tea party leader Lloyd Marcus), Massachusetts Citizens for Life (the big pro-life group in Massachusetts), the Clinton, MA tea party, and a slew of conservative Republican legislators. Sullivan is a 2nd Amendment supporter who announced his opposition to the gun check bill: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/12/gop-senate-candidate-michael-sullivan-says-vote-against-gun-background-checks/rhcFhLWQsHBKHRJrjIxx0O/story.html

So there you have it. I am biased - since I am working for a group that is strongly supporting Sullivan and running ads for him. But the person who posted this thread seems biased too as a Gabriel Gomez supporter. You can review the information and the records and decide for yourself on who the authentic conservative is in this race, and decide for yourself if this thread was posted to falsely smear Sullivan for something he didn't do, when the point of his mailer is obviously to show that he is a law-and-order, pro-national defense Republican.

28 posted on 04/22/2013 11:49:55 PM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

I hear the ads for Gomez on WRKO but haven’t heard any for Sullivan. Where are they running? On TV? Not that it really matters to me since I’m voting for Sullivan next week. I was just concerned that he hadn’t been getting the word out.

After last week, I think Sullivan’s definitely the man for the job. I got a call yesterday from a democrat polling company (they’re obviously idiots since I’m a registered republican), but since they called me, I decided to mess with them a bit, told them I was a democrat woman in her 30’s and was definitely voting for Lynch.


29 posted on 04/23/2013 5:09:42 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Hello, cotton1706.

Yes, Gomez has dramatically out-raised Sullivan in terms of fundraising.

Gomez was the first to go up with TV and radio ads.

Our group, Conservative Campaign Committee, started running radio ads more than a week ago on several stations, and we had just added WRKO when the Boston bombings took place. We took our ads down as all the focus went to finding out what had happened and who was responsible.

WRKO is starting our ads once more today (Rush Limbaugh, Howie Carr, Mark Levin, Jerry Doyle shows, etc...) and we're also expanding into additional stations in Worcester and Springfield on top of the ads we were running on other stations across Massachusetts.

You can hear one of the ads we are running here - it is a contrast ad between Gomez and Sullivan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2SiWPJzwwo

30 posted on 04/23/2013 6:27:40 AM PDT by Impeach98 (Anti-war protestors should try holding rallies in Damascus and Tehran!)
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To: Impeach98

This is my post. I do not support Gomez; none of the candidates have yet given me a reason to support them. I did want to raise the question of using military aircraft in a political ad when the candidate has no connection to them or to the military as the ad implicitly suggests (the other side of his mailer shows a cammie uniform and some razor wire). If it is shown that Gomez has fudged his record I will be just as unhappy with him. John Kerry rode lies into the Senate and then as Secretary of State. No more Kerrys.


31 posted on 04/23/2013 7:12:16 AM PDT by pabianice
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