CT-Sen: Big trouble for Blumenthal

Since Senator Chris Dodd announced that he would not seek re-election, it has seemed that Democrats no longer had to worry about defending our U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has comfortably led every Republican opponent in every poll.

That was then, this is now:

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records. [...]

But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events. [...]

In an interview on Monday, the attorney general said that he had misspoken about his service during the Norwalk event and might have misspoken on other occasions. “My intention has always been to be completely clear and accurate and straightforward, out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam,” he said. [...]

But the way he speaks about his military service has led to confusion and frequent mischaracterizations of his biography in his home state newspapers. In at least eight newspaper articles published in Connecticut from 2003 to 2009, he is described as having served in Vietnam. [...]

And the idea that he served in Vietnam has become such an accepted part of his public biography that when a national outlet, Slate magazine, produced a profile of Mr. Blumenthal in 2006, it said he had “enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.”

It does not appear that Mr. Blumenthal ever sought to correct those mistakes.

I don't get it. By many accounts, Blumenthal has been planning to run for Senate for a long time. Why would he use misleading language about his wartime service and never correct reports that described him as a Vietnam veteran?

At least the New York Times broke this story when there is still time to nominate a different Democrat.

UPDATE: Here are competing videos: Republican candidate Linda McMahon is pushing one of Blumenthal claiming in 2008 that we've learned things "since the days that I served in Vietnam." Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pushing this video from this year, in which Blumenthal clearly says he did not serve in Vietnam.

Tags: Richard Blumenthal, CT-Sen (all tags)



So, what, he's George W. bush?

Seriously, this is inexcusable and likely game over.

How deep is the bench in CT?

That's inexcusable.


by NoFortunateSon 2010-05-17 10:12PM | 0 recs
What a friggin IDIOT!

I hope they can find a GOOD replacement Quickly!

by kevin22262 2010-05-17 10:37PM | 0 recs
blame it on

lack of sleep  like Hillary Clinton , it would go away....

by lori 2010-05-17 11:41PM | 0 recs
Could this...

be the Senate race that makes Jeff Sessions chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee?

by esconded 2010-05-17 11:47PM | 0 recs
So this guy

went to Yale Law and then clerked for a Supreme Court Judge.

And has almost certainly destroyed his career for lying about something he didn't need to lie about. 

The stupidity is astonishing. 


by fladem 2010-05-18 12:14AM | 0 recs
You know...

Before trying and executing the man over a newspaper article (one that was provided by Linda McMahon... by the tone of the article, it seems that she wrote it herself and not just provided the oppo research to the Times on it)... maybe, just maybe, we should at least hear what Blumenthal has to say on the matter?

I would think that if you are being swiftboated, you'd want that courtesy, too... you know... the right to defend yourself.

Maybe we should give him... I don't know... a day, at least, to answer this campaign ad, I mean newspaper article?  Is a day too much?  Maybe like 12 hours before we all take him to the electoral gallows?

by LordMike 2010-05-18 02:27AM | 0 recs
Oh how funny is it when lawyers dont like to be held to their words



Lord Mike, he did give a rebuttal. The tired old "I misspoke accidentally" excuse. Let's see. I work on projects dealing with the VA. yet, I was never tempted to say "when i served in Iraq". Ridiculous. Consider the fact thta he is an attorney general, and any kind of lying should not be tolerated, especially one that is designed to boost his personal career. A lawyer should know better than not to use his words imprecisely.

Just because the Republicans get away with their lies doesn't mean we should elect idiots like this guy. The fact that even if you disregard the one time incident where he flat out misstated his vietnam service(there are times when he flat out denied serving there, so i will assume it is a one time thing), there are still supposedly other incidents where it seems his campaign was in no hurry to clear up the confusion on whether he served there or not.

It was funny to read about newspapers printing wrong bios of his service. I can't blame Blumenthal on that. What is a newspaper doing not checking out the background?

by Pravin 2010-05-18 04:56AM | 0 recs
I raely if ever defend

someone who does this, but . . . I am hard pressed to get my shorts in a twist when time after time he has clearly stated he did not serve in Nam. That the McMahon campaign had to go back to 2008 to find this gem and if it was such a big f'ing deal why did it not come out sooner. Does his official bio say he is a Viet Vet?


And from what I have read on ogther blogs most CT voter know full well that Blumenthal is not a Vietnam vet

by jsfox 2010-05-18 10:02AM | 0 recs

One of the worst performances in a press conference I have seen .... The first time I  have seen him and he looks like a snake oil salesman....Thats a guy I could never pull a lever for , not trustworthy..... He couldn't even apologize to the veterans who actually served in Vietnam with valor ... I thougth he deserved the benefit of the doubt at first , but the press conference has changed that , looks like an untrstworthy politician...  .....That presser won't stop the bleeeding....

by lori 2010-05-18 02:43PM | 0 recs

related fake news



Connecticut Attorney General and author Richard Blumenthal announced today that he would be returning his 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. It had been won for his acclaimed best-selling novel, "From Here to Hanoi", a gritty tale of life in the jungle and on the streets of Saigon during the Viet Nam war.

Unfortunately, said Mr Blumenthal, some misplaced words and passages had given the impression that he had been heavily involved in fighting in that war. This was not the case and Mr. Blumenthal took full responsibility for the mistakes. He added that he would now be devoting full time to public service, working to ensure honesty and transparency in government.

homer   www.altara.blogspot.com

by altara 2010-05-19 09:04AM | 0 recs


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