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Navy alerted Kirk to media inquiries into his military record

The Navy notified Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) last week that he had misstated his military record, even though the congressman and U.S. Senate candidate had said over the weekend that the error was discovered by his staff.

A Navy spokesman told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that Kirk was notified of media inquiries into the five-term congressman's claim that he had been named the Navy's intelligence officer of the year.

"We just let him know that you, the media, were asking questions about who the Intelligence Officer of the Year was," Cmdr. Danny Hernandez told the Tribune. "We let him know that there was an individual who was named reserve intelligence officer of the year."

After the Navy contacted Kirk last Thursday, the congressman acknowledged over the weekend to The Washington Post that he had inaccurately portrayed the award in his official biography and in a 2002 House committee hearing.

A unit Kirk led in Aviano, Italy, received an award from the National Military Intelligence Association for outstanding service in 2000.

Kirk misrepresented the award as recently as last summer, according to a two-minute Web video for his campaign that resurfaced Tuesday.

"The Navy named Mark Intelligence Officer of the Year for his combat service in Kosovo," the narrator of the two-minute video says, while photos of Kirk in military attire scroll in the background

Kirk has emphasized his service in the Navy Reserves in his Illinois Senate campaign. He is facing a competitive battle against Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) for the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

Another U.S. Senate candidate, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), acknowledged two weeks ago that he had misstated his military service during the Vietnam War.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 1, 2010; 7:54 PM ET
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I can say first hand that there is no way to get "confused" in stating (misspeaking) that you were selected as the soldier/officer of the year vs. your unit being named as such. It's a completely different process/selection/award ceremony, etc. I know this because I had been awarded the title "soldier of the year" (battalion-level) during my time in the Army.

Since he clearly states at the end of the video that he approves the message, I call the statement an outright lie. Anyone with an ounce of humility would have had the wording corrected, if only for the respect of the other members of the unit who contributed to their achievement.

----PREMSHANTI, they use "Obama's Washington" because this is the "44" section of the Post, specifically focused on this President.

Posted by: phae_phantasm | June 2, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Kirk indeed lied and is being thrown into the quicksand.
Yes, Blumenthal indeed lied. The state run media and the libs circled the wagons and said he had just "misspoke". ---numerous times-----------

Posted by: rlippert3 | June 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

WHY is this section called "Politics and Policy IN OBAMA'S WASHINGTON"? Why not simply "... Politics ad Policy IN WASHINGTON"? Let's see...mid term elections... anti-Washington feeling in the country... all the mess going on in Washington reported in this section sublimanally attaches to him because it's called "Obama's Washington". EUREKA!
This isn't even subtle. Hope I'm wrong...tell me you never thought of it that way.

It's "OUR WASHINGTON", by the way. We elect the people who serve there and have the responsibility to stay tuned in, involved in and vocal about what they do there.

Posted by: PREMSHANTI | June 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It goes to show just how bad the Dems are at capitalizing on GOP foot-in-mouth disease.
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The GOP is now claiming that serving in the Marine Reserves isn't actually 'serving'. Just wow. How is the GOP the pro-military party again?
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Did Blumenthal get deferments? Yep, so did Rush and Cheney and a litany of high profile GOP'ers. http://www.awolbush.com/whoserved.html
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Hypocrisy at its finest.

Posted by: rpixley220 | June 2, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

This is a complete outrage!

The US Navy attempting to influence a political campaign? What next, having armed Navy Seals intimidating voters at the polls??

This Cmdr Hernandez and all the staff behind this should be kicked out of the Navy and tried in civilian courts for their sleazy attempts at saving Kirk's butt!!

WHO DO THESE MILITARY GOONS THINK THEY ARE????

Posted by: JC505 | June 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Based on the comments from the rightwingnuts, Kirk should run an ad that says "I may be a liar, but I'm not as big of a liar as that liar running for the Senate in Connecticut. Vote for me!"

What a pathetic defense you rightwingnuts have mustered for Kirk. LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 2, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

this kerfuffle really is no bfd. a minor mistatement of a good record. however, he is a republicon, which is all the reason to vote against him.

Posted by: John1263 | June 2, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, so far we know Kirk has lied about:

1. His service record
2. Who found the error in his service record
3. His sexuality.

Yep, he's a Republican!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 2, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I'm more interested in why Kirk has lied about his sexuality:

http://blog.blogactive.com/2010/06/truth-or-consequences.html

Posted by: alc0f7 | June 2, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Those who post saying 'the other guy (persons or Party affiliations) did the same thing' or 'his lie was bigger than the other so it isn't as bad'...please report to the play ground for recess. Your teacher wants you.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | June 2, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

will not be long until he blames the media for "gotcha journalism". that is the way of the GOP....get caught lying and just blame someone else.

Posted by: rmk1122 | June 2, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Both of these public office holders engaged in active deception in the portrayal of their military service record of accomplishment or affiliation. It is fraudulent to sponsor the initiation of the presentment of partially accurate information in a way that objectively causes the target of the communication to understand a false conclusion. It is time for the voters in both states, in both parties to hold these and other would be candidates accountable by directing their votes elsewhere or simply withholding their voters in the respective contests. Both national parties show a total lack of integrity by not openly calling for the withdrawal of both from the elections. Now that the votes are aware, if they embrace the conduct they become enablers of a vile system based upon self promotion and half truths. To all Military veterans and actively duty personnel who served honorably and with distinction, these misrepresentations are an affront to their cause and effort. Shame on the candidates. Shame on the national parties who refuse to demonstrate integrity. Shame on any voter who chooses to support a deceiver. Culture is destiny!

Posted by: ALANROBINSON | June 2, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

"The Navy notified Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) last week that he had misstated his military record, even though the congressman and U.S. Senate candidate had said over the weekend that the error was discovered by his staff"

Did the Navy actually speak to Kirk or someone on his staff. If it was someone on his staff, I can see how he would say it was discovered by someone on his staff.

Posted by: ahashburn | June 2, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

This doesn't hold a candle to the Blumenthal lie. That's the real story leftists..

Posted by: wewintheylose
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This is why the republicans lie. Since the moron true believers can see the democrats like just as much, or even more, the lies told by their side to their base and to everybody else are forgiven.

A lie is a lie, you fascist. How do you like being called something you're not?

what a putz. It's your fault the republicans lie this way, you like it. Licking the boot that kicks you, what scum.

Posted by: barferio | June 2, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Felicia (and the WAPO editorial staff) need to get their facts straight. Kirk did not lead a unit in Aviano. He was part of a unit in Aviano.

Posted by: joeygish | June 2, 2010 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Kirk's next line will be "I didn't lie, but if I DID lie I did it for my country!." Republicans don't have a patent on corruption, buy they have certainly managed to corner the market.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | June 2, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

This doesn't hold a candle to the Blumenthal lie. That's the real story leftists..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 2, 2010 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Both Blumenthal and Kirk should drop out of their respective races.

Posted by: knjincvc | June 2, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

The moonbats are obviously running scared. A grateful nation looks forward to Kirk decontaminating the Oboobma/Blago/Burris seat.

Posted by: thebump | June 2, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Kirk has no business holding public office anymore. He needs to resign.


Kirk has had to walk his military resume back twice already. It is virtually all he can claim as an accomplishment (beyond voting for cap and trade then promising to vote against it in the Senate). The man is an untrustworthy weasel.


Kirk's military exaggerations go way beyond Blumenthal misstating "during" versus "in" once in 2008 - this is a pattern of exaggeration and overselling his qualifications from his first campaign ad for Congress to the present day. Kirk basically introduced himself to the wider Illinois electorate with a series of lies. He went hard right on issues from his prior positions in the GOP primary, and he's done his best to not say anything on the issues since. So if the lies are revealed, he quite literally will have nothing to say to the general populace.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 2, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Kirk isn't having a good week so far. The gay rumors are starting up again and Mike Rogers at Blog Active has proof. This kind of stuff is really unnecessary and probably helps Kirk with slime like this thrown at him.

Posted by: juanchin | June 2, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Safe to say he'll never be "Captain" Kirk.

Posted by: Senjata | June 1, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Now, who's really the LIAR?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

=====

Why would you rationalize this? As a vet I'm offended by anybody who lies or embellishes their military record. It does a disservice to all they served with.

Posted by: mikem1 | June 1, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

The Dummycrats are out in force again.

There is a difference between Unit Citation, an individual citation and not receiving anything.

There is a difference when someone says, "I was in Vietnam" and when facts indicate otherwise.

Botton line- This isn't the Oscars. Kirk received an award or unit citation, whereas Blumenthal was hiding-out and playing the deferrment game in the States.

Now, who's really the LIAR?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

So first Kirk lied, and now he has lied about why he stopped lying? Beautiful.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | June 1, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

So first Kirk lied about his military record, then he lied about why he stopped lling. It don't get much better, or worse, than that.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | June 1, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

... and the misrepresentations just keep on coming.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 1, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why someone would lie--or even overstate--about something so easily verifiable. Just doesn't make sense...but then, they're politicians.

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