Skip to comments.Simmons: Blumenthal must apologize [Veteran calls for prosecution of Blumenthal]
Posted on 05/18/2010 10:34:12 AM PDT by neverdem
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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retirement of fellow Democrat Christopher Dodd... Blumenthal, the leading Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, was scrambling Tuesday to control the political fall-out from his 2008 remarks falsely stating he served in Vietnam... Meanwhile, Blumenthal's Republican rivals (along with his few Democratic opponents) are smelling blood. Jim Bancroft was standing in front of the state Capitol Tuesday morning, waving a U.S. Marine Corps flag on a white plastic pole, holding a white dry-erase board on which he had written the following slogan: "Prosecute Blumenthal Stolen Valor Act" ...based on a video clip leaked to the paper by the campaign of Republican Linda McMahon -- conservatives like Bancroft sense an opening, and a chance to demolish a candidate who had once seemed nearly insurmountable... Bancroft, who served in the Marines from 1977 to 1981, is an ardent conservative and thus an ideological foe of Democrats like Blumenthal. But he said Tuesday that he had occasionally defended the attorney general when he heard others charge that Blumenthal had falsely claimed service in Vietnam. "He told me he was a reservist in D.C.," Bancroft said... he was shocked by the video published Monday evening by the Times, in which Blumenthal, speaking at a 2008 event in Norwalk, says the country has "learned something since the days that I served in Vietnam." The Times also reported that Blumenthal had spoken of having "returned" from Vietnam in 2003... "I've never heard him say it either," Bancroft said Tuesday morning, "and it shocked me to hear him say it that way. He's a lawyer. He knows exactly what words mean." ...Meanwhile, one of his rivals for the U.S. Senate, Linda McMahon, is taking credit for planting the story with the Times... McMahon's strongest Republican rival for the nomination, former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, will hold a press conference about the Blumenthal controversy at 12:30 p.m. at the state Capitol... the 2005 federal Stolen Valor Act, a statute that attempts to criminalize the making of false claims about military service and medals... is also subject to a current court challenge, on the grounds that it could violate First Amendment rights to free speech. ...State Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, the co-chairman of the legislature's Veterans Affairs Committee, said... "My recollection of his speeches is that he's pretty forthcoming about not having served in theater," Maynard said... Having seen the clip of Blumenthal's Norwalk appearance, Maynard said. "It's surprising. I'm pretty taken aback by it."
He did lie for financial gain. Blumy has made himself a career going after people who do that.
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