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VFW’s Response to Blumenthal’s Press Conference
VFW Home Page ^ | 5/19/2010 | Self

Posted on 05/19/2010 10:08:11 AM PDT by chooseascreennamepat

VFW’s Response to Blumenthal’s Press Conference

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 18, 2010 - Mr. Blumenthal is not a member of the VFW and VFW National By-Laws do not allow any level of the organization to endorse political candidates.

VFW national did not sanction and was not, in fact, aware that the press conference was going to be held at a VFW Post. This decision was made at the Post level and the VFW Department of Connecticut issued the following:

The following statement is by Richard DiFederico, Department Commander Connecticut VFW:

“Those who served in Vietnam or offshore or in neighboring countries rightfully earned all the belated thanks and appreciation our nation can muster. Those who served in uniform during the Vietnam era also deserve our gratitude, which makes Mr. Blumenthal's claim to be something he is not so outrageous. It diminishes the service of all who served and sacrificed, most especially those whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Wall. Mr. Blumenthal was considered one of the best friends a veteran could have in Connecticut. It is a true shame that he let a false claim of Vietnam service change that.”

VFW National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., endorses this statement. In sum, the fact that this event was held at a VFW location cannot, in any manner, be construed as a formal endorsement of the candidate.


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1 posted on 05/19/2010 10:08:11 AM PDT by chooseascreennamepat
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To: chooseascreennamepat

BTTT


2 posted on 05/19/2010 10:09:02 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: chooseascreennamepat
VFW national did not sanction and was not, in fact, aware that the press conference was going to be held at a VFW Post.

What local bozo OK'd this? Nothing like adding fuel to the fire.

3 posted on 05/19/2010 10:10:15 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: chooseascreennamepat

Sounds like a post commander is about to get demoted.


4 posted on 05/19/2010 10:10:28 AM PDT by Dayman (My 1919a4 is named Charlotte. When I light her up she has the voice of an angel.)
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To: Dayman
Sounds like a post commander is about to get demoted.

A very well deserved demotion, I'd say. What could he have been thinking? (Assuming, of course, that he was thinking.) At a bare minimum, he should have ensured that the VFW logo on the lectern was covered when photos were taken.

5 posted on 05/19/2010 10:16:37 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Dayman

And a well-deserved demotion it will be! The VFW is very strict in ensuring that membership is limited to veterans of FOREIGN wars. When I moved from Texas to Florida and stopped by the local VFW to change my membership, it took my DD214 proving my Vietnam service and several weeks to get the job done.


6 posted on 05/19/2010 10:16:45 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Impeach Zerobama and his band of Commie Czars.)
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To: tsmith130
What local bozo OK'd this? Nothing like adding fuel to the fire.

The scripted BlumenDodd pep rally took place at the West Hartford, CT VFW hall. One account I read claims the Mayor of West Hartford rented out the hall.
7 posted on 05/19/2010 10:19:25 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

So the ‘pep rally’ and the ‘press conference’ were at the same place/date/time?


8 posted on 05/19/2010 10:21:30 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: tsmith130
So the ‘pep rally’ and the ‘press conference’ were at the same place/date/time?

I refer to the press conference as a pep rally because BlumenDodd tried to make it appear as the VFW was rallying to his side. That alone couldn't have been more disingenuous.
9 posted on 05/19/2010 10:25:24 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

OH...duh. Sorry, I misunderstood.


10 posted on 05/19/2010 10:29:21 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Man50D

That pep-rally I saw yesterday reminds me of scenes where politicians drag their wives out onto the stage while they admit to extramarital affairs.


11 posted on 05/19/2010 10:39:11 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

So which FORIEGN WAR was he a veteran of???


12 posted on 05/19/2010 10:43:47 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Excerpt:

The following statement is by Richard DiFederico, Department Commander Connecticut VFW:

“Those who served in Vietnam or offshore or in neighboring countries rightfully earned all the belated thanks and appreciation our nation can muster. Those who served in uniform during the Vietnam era also deserve our gratitude, which makes Mr. Blumenthal's claim to be something he is not so outrageous. It diminishes the service of all who served and sacrificed, most especially those whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Wall. Mr. Blumenthal was considered one of the best friends a veteran could have in Connecticut. It is a true shame that he let a false claim of Vietnam service change that.”

VFW National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., endorses this statement. In sum, the fact that this event was held at a VFW location cannot, in any manner, be construed as a formal endorsement of the candidate.

13 posted on 05/19/2010 10:46:44 AM PDT by nutmeg (You didn't "misspeak", Mr. Blumenthal... you LIED)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

The vfw didn’t want viet vets at all when I tried to join.

Now they offer praise?


14 posted on 05/19/2010 10:52:32 AM PDT by devistate one four (If you can't feed it, don't breed it! Kimber CDP II .45 OOHRAH! TET68)
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To: chooseascreennamepat; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; Lady Jag; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP; All; ...
 

 

15 posted on 05/19/2010 11:05:46 AM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: tsmith130
What local bozo OK'd this?

Whomever it was was probably also one of the Firefighters for Kerry back in 2004. Some Union Goons fought in Vietnam, back in the day...

16 posted on 05/19/2010 11:20:35 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gov. Chris Christie (R) won the NJ-6 held by Rep. Frank Pallone (D) by a 15.5% margin!)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

LOL!! And those THUGS who shouted down the press questions should be ASHAMED!!


17 posted on 05/19/2010 11:34:02 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: nutmeg

Did you hear Cavuto diminish the importance of what Blumenthal did? He played an excerpt of a speech in which Blumbenthal clearly stated that although he never served in Vietnam, he has empathy for those who did, etc. etc. Neil reminded his audience he didn’t steal, cheat and do what Rangel, Spitzer, and Dodd have done, almost making the listener feel sorry. What gives with FNC lately? Too much giving McCain a forum to campaign and now siding with Blumenthal?


18 posted on 05/19/2010 2:28:23 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Did you hear Cavuto diminish the importance of what Blumenthal did? He played an excerpt of a speech in which Blumbenthal clearly stated that although he never served in Vietnam, he has empathy for those who did, etc. etc. Neil reminded his audience he didn’t steal, cheat and do what Rangel, Spitzer, and Dodd have done, almost making the listener feel sorry. What gives with FNC lately? Too much giving McCain a forum to campaign and now siding with Blumenthal?

StarFan, I'm SO glad you mentioned this! I heard the end of Cavuto's show today via XM Radio. Since I couldn't see Cavuto on TV, at first I thought maybe his weird comments were tongue in cheek. He kept going on and on, and seemed to be sincere in his defense of Blumenthal. I was aghast... almost drove off the road. What's up with Neil Cavuto???

Anybody else hear Cavuto's outrageous comments today?

Neil's e-mail address:

Cavuto@foxnews.com


19 posted on 05/19/2010 2:59:06 PM PDT by nutmeg (You didn't "misspeak", Mr. Blumenthal... you LIED)
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To: potlatch

Wow! Love the animation! Christmas tree is a nice touch.


20 posted on 05/19/2010 9:22:52 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: nutmeg

DUMB move by a usually very smart man.


21 posted on 05/20/2010 6:59:18 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Travis McGee
So which FORIEGN WAR was he a veteran of???

As a known Alinskyite/Trotskyite/Leninite/Stalinist from way back, he's been fighting Obama's 'foreign' (Blame America First) war for decades.

22 posted on 05/21/2010 2:10:17 PM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: potlatch

Some of the ‘best’ bar veteran stories include the words ‘cambodia’ and ‘vietnam’....must be in the bar veterans’ playbook. They all know who they are, and it seems ‘accepted’, by liberals anyway, if they’re the one buying the drinks!...Dumbass Cavuto even apologized for the scumbag...a waste of airtime. To the rest of us, they’re all a waste of good oxygen.


23 posted on 05/21/2010 2:16:35 PM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: CRBDeuce

[Some of the ‘best’ bar veteran stories include the words ‘cambodia’]

I can well imagine that CRBDeuce.
Kerry is a waste of good oxygen!


24 posted on 05/23/2010 7:08:02 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: ntnychik

Thanks so much nit. I’m late getting to my pings.


25 posted on 05/23/2010 7:09:02 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: RightWingConspirator

Try getting adopted, then getting the FAA to change the name on your pilot’s license (15 yrs).

Or getting the Masons to move your membership from Germany to the US (22 yrs).


26 posted on 05/23/2010 7:17:07 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: potlatch

...EXACTLY!

Great art, Potlatch! ...It certainly DOES get the MESSAGE across!!!


27 posted on 05/25/2010 12:38:25 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes ("Smart Growth"... isn't.)
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To: Seadog Bytes
Thanks so much Seadog. I hoped some would get a kick out of it. I'm laughing at the one you posted and remembering the years we made so many Kerry graphics.

Remember the one of him sitting on a couch, making a model airplane I believe, and there was a window behind him?
LOL, we had great fun putting things looking in that window!

28 posted on 05/25/2010 7:41:35 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: potlatch

LOL - Was in a hurry to get that one posted, and almost forgot to add his ‘scarlet letter’...possibly the only award he actually ever ‘earned’?


29 posted on 05/25/2010 8:10:23 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes ("Smart Growth"... isn't.)
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To: Seadog Bytes
[almost forgot to add his ‘scarlet letter’]

Lol, too bad he has so much hair or you could put it on his forehead - like they did to adulterous women of olden times!

30 posted on 05/25/2010 8:14:05 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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