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Dick Blumenthal apologizes (again)

A week after initially expressing "regret" for exaggerations about his Vietnam service, Connecticut state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) issued another apology for his past statements.

"I have made mistakes and I am sorry," Blumenthal said in a statement released Sunday night to the Hartford Courant. "I truly regret offending anyone,'' Blumenthal said. "I will always champion the cause of Connecticut's and our nation's veterans."

Blumenthal's second bite at the apology apple seems to be an acknowledgment that his press conference last Tuesday did not -- as many Democrats insisted it had -- put the issue of his service, which was first raised in a New York Times story, to rest.

(His campaign said that Blumenthal's statement was a response to a question from the Courant seeking comment on an editorial that ran in the paper on Sunday.)

Over the last week there have been reports on both sides of the Vietnam question.

A Stamford Advocate story noted that one of the speeches the Times used as evidence that Blumenthal had exaggerated his service (he was in the Marine reserves and never served time in country) also showed the Attorney General speaking truthfully about his time in the military.

But, other news reports have revealed other incidents of misstatements -- his critics would say lies -- by Blumenthal about his Vietnam record.

Outwardly, the Blumenthal side insists that all is well -- noting that he was easily nominated by the party at the state party convention over the weekend, a reflection, they argue, of the deep reservoir of good will he has built up over the past two decades in office.

Internally, however, there is an acknowledgment that Blumenthal has taken a hit from the allegations -- though Democratic sources insist he had such a large lead prior to the Vietnam issue surfacing that he remain a steady favorite in the fall.

A poll released by Blumenthal's campaign today makes that very point; he leads former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) 55 percent to 40 percent -- even with more than nine in ten (91 percent) of likely voters aware of the Vietnam story.

Republicans are clearly not ready to let the issue go. McMahon, who faces an August primary against former Rep. Rob Simmons and investor Peter Schiff, released a statement today in which her campaign asserted Blumenthal's apology didn't go far enough.

"The statement Dick Blumenthal released in the dead of night yesterday cannot be construed as an apology because it ignores what is at the heart of the controversy surrounding him: false and misleading statements designed to deceive," said McMahon spokesman Ed Patru.

At issue for Blumenthal is whether there are more allegations/revelations to come about past misstatements -- either regarding Vietnam or his resume viewed more broadly. Another significant revelation would put his political career in serious jeopardy.

Short of that, however, he is likely to survive this episode -- although it virtually ensures that a race that was regarded as non-competitive a few weeks ago is now back on the national radar screen.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 24, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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mesondk - Simmons dropped out of the race. I'm sure Hulk Hogan would appreciate your support.

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

There are Wounded Warriors and there are would-be warriors, and the gulf between the two is wide; In each and every time of war, a person picks their side. I read about the claims by Blumenthal and immediately made a donation to Rob Simmons. There are too many people I know on the Wall to let somebody who wasn't there hitch a ride on their sacrifice.

http://www.gazettextra.com/news/2010/may/24/vietnam-veterans-find-friendly-landing-zone/

Posted by: mesondk | May 25, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Back in the late 70s I lived in a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies."


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AND you are trying to tell us you weren't one of them ?


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

He looks like a meth head.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 24, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Back in the late 70s I lived in a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies."

Back in the late 70s my eye.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse


Too bad I am not his press secretary.

It would be best, since he did not step on Vietnam soil; he should say he served in the Vietnam ERA.

That would lessen the load on him.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 2:17 PM
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LOL. A little too late.

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We've had elected officials who chase legislative interns for sex - Mark Foley.

Let's name some more. Delay, Frist, Massa. All evolving around much worse behavior than stumbling on words. . .

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 2:24 PM
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They all have one thing in common. They're gone. That's how we want Blumenthal. Gone. Savvy?

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

From what I hear from Dems in CT, this won't hurt him. People there seem to be more interested in all his years of service to the state than his misspeaking.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 2:07 PM
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Doesn't say much for the character of the Dems in CT. Say, you forgot to mention his gig as captain of his college swim team.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Stormfront.org, which was founded to support David Duke for senate by another KKK Grand Dragon, Don Black, has been promoting and contributing to Rand Paul's moneybombs. Palling around with WhiteSupremacists much?

Don Black, head of the white supremacist group Stormfront, tweeted other Stormfront members that Ron Paul had asked them to contribute to Rand's campaign. How cozy.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 2:26 PM
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Sounds like some of Robert Byrd's old buddies.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

dawd, that coulter quote really made me laugh. somehow i expected her to come out all squiggly about mcmahon -- but i think she realizes that most CT voters --as coulter knows, a state on the well-educated side -- are not going to want to be a laughingstock by electing mcmahon. simmons would be a far better candidate for them, but mcmahon's money has bought her a big lead over him among R voters.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 4:07 PM
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Don't know how educated they are, but they are certainly challenged in the area of ethics if they send a lying sack like Blumenthal to the Senate. Of course, they kept Dodd around until he bowed out in shame, not quite realizing his chances of re-election were no worse than his chances of being sent to the joint.

Posted by: Brigade | May 24, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Blumie, thank you for your courageous service at the Alamo, Pork Chop Hill, Iwo Jima, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, and the Spanish Civil War.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 24, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Another long hard day at the office, busying herself by cutting and pasting and showing off her moronic empty life for the resident nutcase - drivl.

Looks like Ped is up to the usual empty headed antics of attacking those who she professes to ignore. What kind of nitwit spends hours on end typing "ignore this guy, ignore him!"

these two impervious cretins are the worst example of loony leftist Obamabots. there is simply no thought involved in their hysteria, it is as simple as Liberals good, Repubs bad. Ugh! Chant endlessly.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

blert at 1:53 and bondosan at 4:44, thanks for your insights.

I was moved by the NYT story to dismiss Blumenthal and only backed down from that absolute position after reading a Columbia Journalism Review critique of the NYT's accuracy.

The CJR story led me to want to give Blumenthal the benefit of the doubt. However, I would seriously consider Simmons or Schiff were I in CT. And I dod not even know Blumenthal was opposed in the D primary.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

you two still have nothing to say

just attack and mock -


that is all you do day after day.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the same isn't true for you. You should go into detox to arrest any further damage but what the crystal binges have taken away is never coming back.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 5:19 PM
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Now, noa, let's not be so discouraging. MAYBE something will come back.

You're worth it, 37th. Go to detox. Forthwith.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I can see that you and Noacoler are completely devoid of all substance today.

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If you mean devoid of all substance abuse, you're correct. I don't even drink booze or smoke pot.

Too bad the same isn't true for you. You should go into detox to arrest any further damage but what the crystal binges have taken away is never coming back.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

TBN, I've wanted to see Rio De Janeiro. I bet it would be absolutely insane this summer.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 24, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

12 Bar


I can see that you and Noacoler are completely devoid of all substance today.
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Do you take drugs? Tell us, we won't tell anyone.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

go check into detox, 37th

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

12 Bar


I can see that you and Noacoler are completely devoid of all substance today.


AND IT'S ALL OBAMA'S FAULT.

You can not even defend him anymore - you don't even try. All the crap from his campaign has been PROVEN to be just that - crap.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This serves as a perfect illustration of magical thinking for those of you who are wondering how it is that these creatures hope to get away it. The idea of discovery never crosses their 'minds'. From Reagan's imaginary photographic exploits to Hillary's adventure with sniper fire, to probably untold amounts of other bushwa, the theory seems to be that if you put on a blindfold, no one can see you. If only they could contain their delusions to their personal histories.
P.S. If Blumenthal is such a mighty champion for vets (beyond a lot of hot and flammable 'air'), why is it that the VA still sucks like a nuclear powered Electrolux?

Posted by: beowulf3 | May 24, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I live south of Connecticut, so I don't really have a dog in this fight (other than wanting a Democrat in the seat), but I think it might be best for Blumenthal to respectfully bow out.

There are two capable Democrats running for Governor, so let one of them replace Blumenthal on the Senate ballot.

In reading about this mess, it doesn't appear to me that Blumenthal was attempting to orchestrate some kind of major deception. In fact, over the years, he has been quite clear that he was in the Marine Reserves and not "in country."

However, he has, over his nearly 30 years in public service, suggested that he was a Vietnam Vet, and he also didn't correct the record when it was reported that he did serve "in country."

I can understand, after 20 years doing outstanding work as Connecticut's AG, that he doesn't want this one thing to end his career and be the one thing that people remember about him, but nonetheless, I think he should probably go.

All that being said, I'm also fascinated by the fact that one's level of outrage about these matters appears to be directly related to one's political affiliation.

I am reminded of Colonel George "Bud" Day, one of the most decorated servicemen of all time (he served in WWII, Korea, AND was a POW in Vietnam). His hatred of John Kerry led him to support the Swiftboaters.

Incredibly, though, he was also quoted defending George W. Bush's "military" service.

If you're a conservative Republican, you get a pass on ducking out of Vietnam.

If you're a liberal Democrat, even if you served honorably (Gore, Kerry), you get no love.

Posted by: Bondosan | May 24, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

noacoler wrote: . I made hundreds of dollars selling to these numbskulls, paying serious money for what was really no different from No-Doz.
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A good example of the free market operating. Of course, I'm sure it was an all-cash business. LOL.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

thanks DDAWD.....it reminds me of the 13 counts of fraud that our AZ governor Fife Symington was up against (which led to his resignation). They could only prove one.

Bum *&^%$ egypt down here is one messed up state.
Now, Jan Brewer has a commerical out with Kermit the Frog singing a song about
"reading is good", yada yada yada....

So it will urge people to read SB1070 bill. The hot one you all have heard about.

Darn...we have an oil spill on the east coast. A immigration issue in the Sonoran desert. California has sink holes and fires. Midwest is waiting for the Mississippi to flood because of all the tar balls and oil seeping in.

DDAWD, for the heck of it....if you had a vacation coming up, where would you go????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh...poor 37th. Now he can't type fast enough. Gee, I woulda thought all the day-and-night pharmaceuticals would have solved THAT problem.

If your lil fingers can't move fast enough, maybe you should get some sleep at night. Think?

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Back in the late 70s I knew a houseful of pharnmaceutical junkies. These guys weren't interested in pot or coke, they were all collecting psychiatric or minor-injury disability and putting on acts for their caseworkers to keep the checks coming. The house was squalor.

I used to order these caffeine pills and capsules in the mail, duplicating the appearance of prescription stimulants unless you read them carefully, the numbers were a little different. I made hundreds of dollars selling to these numbskulls, paying serious money for what was really no different from No-Doz. At that time of my life I was making most of my folding money writing term papers for students too lazy or stupid to write their own, and it wasn't constant.

It stopped being funny when they started showing up at six AM to buy more "beans," they had actually forgotten that being sleepy meant "go to sleep," not "take more pills."

There's no doubt that 37th is just like that.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the campaign money of Linda McMahon, Blumenthal has finally taken some hits early on in the campaign season. Everyone knew Blumenthal will face a tough race for the 1st time in ages, and now that tough race is here. How will he respond? Can he bounce it off him? His approval ratings were in the 70% or so, so he had a cushion. I think it's possible to bounce back for him, but his cushion is now gone. McMahon's ability to spend money and bash Blumenthal assures this is a real race for the ages. Is Blumenthal up for it? We shall see as the proof will be in the pudding!

Posted by: reason5 | May 24, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Why former Senator Mark Dayton will be the DFL nominee for MN Governor:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/05/dayton_picks_pr.shtml

In short, he is tasking his runningmate to focus on senior issues in the runup to the primary. Dayton has selected a state Rep & former Duluth councilwoman as his Lt Governor running mate. His successful run for the Senate was boosted by focusing on seniors by sponsoring trips to Canada for cheap meds. Focusing on seniors again is smart strategy for winning the primary, while his strongest competitor, Speaker Margaret Anderson-Kelliher has chosen a former Republican for her runningmate (he served in Gov Carlson's administration). While that's probably a smart move for November, it may hinder her in the primary race.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Even when I was typing my response, she was attacking - saying I wasn't answering her fast enough.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 3:21 PM
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ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh...poor 37th. Now he can't type fast enough. Gee, I woulda thought all the day-and-night pharmaceuticals would have solved THAT problem.

If your lil fingers can't move fast enough, maybe you should get some sleep at night. Think?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

dawd, that coulter quote really made me laugh. somehow i expected her to come out all squiggly about mcmahon -- but i think she realizes that most CT voters --as coulter knows, a state on the well-educated side -- are not going to want to be a laughingstock by electing mcmahon. simmons would be a far better candidate for them, but mcmahon's money has bought her a big lead over him among R voters.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse


I'm as "liberal" a Dem as you will find, and I think Mr. Blumenthal should drop out of the race post haste.

Please leave the lying to the Republicans. They are so good at it!

Posted by: transtique1 | May 24, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Ann Coulter and I are capable of agreeing on something.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/ann_coulter_no_fan_of_linda_mc.html

The guns-a-blazin' conservative pundit -- who once pondered a Libertarian Party run for Congress in her home state of Connecticut before deciding that she couldn't find common ground with the party on drug legalization -- goes after the Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate who just won the state's GOP convention nod. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has weakened himself over the Vietnam service scandal, but:

Republicans are planning on running a World Wrestling Entertainment "impresario" against Blumenthal. Yes, in Connecticut ... a state that is among the wealthiest and most highly educated in the nation ... a state that isn't Minnesota. The average Nutmegger doesn't even know what a turnbuckle is, and that includes me. Republicans could run Rob Simmons, a Connecticut legislator with a distinguished record of service in the House of Representatives, the CIA, and as a Yale political science professor -- who actually did serve in Vietnam, winning two Bronze Stars and retiring as a colonel. But defeat is so close! Republicans can almost taste the bitterness of yet another crushing loss!

The whole column is probably the best post-PA-12 distillation of the (temporary?) shudder of conservative doubt about the midterms.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 24, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

drindl,

That's my point. Leinenkugel was the favorite. Favorites generally don't quit. If the sniping of a few people on the right because Leinenkugel had worked for the Democratic governor ended up dragging Leinenkugel down in the polls so that he no longer had a chance at the nomination, then I'd see him cutting his losses and quitting. But he was still everyone's favorite for the nomination...so why quit?

Like I said, either Leinenkugel has exceedingly thin skin, which means that he never would have stood up in a serious run for the Senate, or else he had some skeletons in his closet that were about to come out, or else he never really had the desire to run in the first place. Blaming this on conservative critics, however, seems really disingenuous because they really hadn't dented Leinenkugel's status as the favorite at all.

Posted by: blert | May 24, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/palin-backed_gop_candidate_rip.html


Palin-backed GOP candidate allegedly rips off Obama's 2004 speech

Lucas Baumbach, a Republican activist who Is running for the state Senate in Idaho, has cut together a wince-inducing video of Idaho congressional candidate Vaughn Ward and accuses him of plagiarizing chunks of Barack Obama's career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Ward -- an Iraq War veteran last seen refusing to back down from his belief that Puerto Rico is a foreign country -- has benefited from support from Sarah Palin. But he has been absolutely hounded by tea party groups and fellow Republicans for running a bumbling campaign.

On Thursday, several Republican office-holders asked Ward to quit the race after another plagiarism allegation was raised.

(video in the link)

Posted by: DDAWD | May 24, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal didn't make a "mistake" in the sense that you and I make them (early-&-often, in my case).

I was old enough in 1968-69 to fight in the Vietnam War. My draft number was well under 100, which meant that I would almost certainly be drafted a few weeks after my II-S (student) deferment expired. I wasn't privileged enough (in the sense that someone in my immediate family -- the father, usually -- could pull strings) to obtain something called a "slot" in a reserve unit. One supposes Mr. Blumenthal's father could, and did -- otherwise, he could not have been posted to a state-side reserve unit after avoiding induction for as long as he did.

Those slots were like gold, because once inside a reserve unit the lucky holder could live a relatively normal, undisturbed life -- could even denounce the anti-war movement while vocally supporting the very war that he himself refused to fight, pretending it was honorable, even patriotic, all the while. In the reserves, one's actual military "service" amounted to doing everything necessary to avoid being ordered to ship out to a war zone (and for this they gave medals!).

Could Mr. Blumenthal have have been unaware of the contradictions and the inherent hypocrisy? Impossible.

Of course, about this he was (and still is) perfectly aware. Then, he was doing his best to save his skin. Now, it's his electoral skin he's trying to save, by obfuscating an inconvenient blot on his resume. He didn't "misspeak" or "forget" or "make a mistake". Rather, it was (and still is) a cynical calculation on his part. He knows what he did was a form of malingering, why he tried to deny everything pertinent about it in later years. He knows it reflects on him badly, how he was then, and now (because "the child is father to the man").

Were I a Connecticut voter, given the choice between one candidate who protested against The War (risking jail, even retaliatory induction, for his convictions; those were truly terrible times) and a coddled, privileged man who played it safe by hiding in the reserves but claimed otherwise later, I'd vote for the grizzled old anti-war protester. One lied, the other didn't; one stood up for his principles, the other for personal self-interest. For me, at least, it's about character, and that's enough to tell the difference; that simple.

Posted by: hogsmile | May 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Chris, if you won't get rid of this tedious burnout case can we please have a Block Poster feature? Let 37th a zouk screech all they want, the rest of us are trying to have a discussion.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan


I knew she would be here, but again 12bar refuses to answer the question.

so 12Bar do you want the fishermen to wait 20 years for their just compensation.


You have already attacked me from both sides of this issue today - so you won't be contradicting yourself completely.

You will end up agreeing with something you already said.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Not defending this guy and in agreement with Peter66 up to a point, but it does sound like NYT took this out of a context that mitigates the statement quite a bit. A tempest in a teapot in my estimation .. excoriate Blumenthal for inaccuracy if not falsehood, and hang Bush and Cheney by the neck for vastly more damaging lies leading to death and disability of thousands of troops.

Ross Douthat also of the NYT, one of those irritating writers like the Post's Cohen who write a lot of skewey drivel in transparent effort to establish their own individual rhetorical voices, did the best job yet on Rand Paul. While he doesn't come out and say Paul is toast, the tone of the entire article seems to presume just that.

Basically, he says that like so many before him, Paul carries his beliefs too far, doesn't know when to shut up.

"The problem is that paleoconservatives are self-marginalizing, and self-destructive.

Like many groups that find themselves in intellectually uncharted territory, they have trouble distinguishing between ideas that deserve a wider hearing and ideas that are crankish or worse. (Hence Ron Paul’s obsession with the gold standard and his son’s weakness for conspiracy theories.)

Like many outside-the-box thinkers, they’re good at applying their principles more consistently than your average partisan, but lousy at knowing when to stop. (Hence the tendency to see civil rights legislation as just another unjustified expansion of federal power.) "

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/opinion/24douthat.html

Posted by: Noacoler | May 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan


She is here - trying to hide from her idiotic remarks in the other thread


All she did was attack all morning long, from the left, from the right.

Even when I was typing my response, she was attacking - saying I wasn't answering her fast enough.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

What is worse - a democrat who was a straight draft-dodger


Or a democrat who tried to dodge the draft, couldn't - then got a cushy assignment and then LIED about being in country ???

WHICH IS WORSE ????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Blumenthal the lying weasel is finished in the CT senate race. What are they going to do replace Chris Dodd with a lying weasel of the Stolen Valor variety, Dick Blumenthal?

There are people who are doing prison time today for passing themselves off as having military medals they never earned. Blumenthal said he was a Vietnam vet which means he got the Vietnam Service Medal. Blumenthal ought to be indicted under federal law.

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 24, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

“Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat seeking to succeed Christopher Dodd in the U.S. Senate, did a lot more fighting over Vietnam Tuesday than he ever did in-country.”

Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2010/05/18/war-on-the-home-front/#ixzz0osAg7iMj

Richard Blumenthal, brother of David Blumenthal, MD, ONC Coordinator, LIED about his service IN Vietnam. Now he is saying he “misspoke” about serving IN Vietnam. “But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impunge my record of service to our country.” What record of service does he have in Vietnam?

Has anyone thought to ask David Blumenthal, MD about his brother’s service IN Vietnam? David ought to know. David and Richard are two peas in a pod. Both are trying to gain political advantage by over reaching with their positions. Richard Blumenthal was caught red handed. Now Congress needs to investigate David Blumenthal. Don’t be surprised to see the words “misspoke” uttered by Dr. Blumenthal in the future, when the EHR industry implodes.

As a person who has served IN Vietnam, and who witnessed friends killed in the line of duty, seeing their comrades suffer the aftermath of Agent Orange exposure, PTSD and a range of other dibilitating scars, and who carry them into the world on a daily basis, Blumenthal is not one of these people, he is a disgrace. I am totally disgusted by Richard Blumenthal’s outright lie. He is a slime bag politician, who will lie, cheat and steal to get anything he wants.

Anyone who claims to have served in a combat zone when they have not, should be fined and jailed.

Vietnam Vet, the real deal

Posted by: Peter66 | May 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe 37 isn't the teenager we've all believed him to be."

I have no idea as to age, I just suspect meth burnout because there is so nothing there.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow
a new paradigm to live by

a bold lie is now an exaggeration

go figure!

Posted by: kidvid | May 24, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I would suggest that he, Blumenthal, and any one else eager to be a warrior go and sign up. The military would be delighted to have them. That is until the first shot is fired and then they will take off.
How is it all of these warrior wannabe's never seem to have actually joined up? Hummmmmmmmmm!

Posted by: KBlit | May 24, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

So, he "misspoke" about Nam. What abouit the Swim Team???? Misspoke again?????
Gimme a break!!! The guy is so hell bent on getting elected Senator he has sold his credibility down the river!! And maybe his soul!!
You can have him CT - if that is the best you can do!!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | May 24, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo, interesting side note, Jefferson was not actually convicted on the indictment that involved the freezer money. He was convicted on a dozen counts of fraud for a thirteen year jail sentence, but the freezer money case was one that he was found not guilty.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 24, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

drindl:
(rolling)
yeah, I heard there was a donation site set up in Skokie, Illinois !!!!!

LMAO

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Here, he wanders in, making a comment to someone who isn't even here, about a conversation no one is having.

Poor guy.

Posted by: Bondosan | May 24, 2010 2:19 PM
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bwahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

37th thinks I am everywhere.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 24, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Despite the best efforts of the "liberal" New York Times (which has yet to mention the fact that Lindsey Graham describes himself as a Gulf War Veteran) and the Right Wing Noise Machine, Republicans are still getting blown away by Blumenthal in CT.

(R) Rasmussen had a poll out within hours of Linda McMahon's hit job claiming that Blumenthal is doomed. Just like he had a poll out right after Rand Paul's primary victory showing Paul up by 20% over Conway.

Rasmussen has jumped the shark as far as pollster credibility is concerned. He always polls correctly the last week of an election to keep his reputation while at the same time claiming that Democrats came home in the end.

Posted by: DrainYou | May 24, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse


yeppers - we can forgive BLumenthal. I can't forgive BP, Transocean or Halliburton.

Everyday it gets worse. They are going to try cement up and down the main rig pipe (not the other two that are leaking....but they won't know if it works until Wednesday.

How many red sheen tar balls will show up by Wednesday????

A f*&^%$#@ mess. Even though I live in bum O*&(^_ egypt, it still makes me very sad about the years to come because of man making tremendous mistakes in the quality of building products they use.

Bridges.......how many more bridges are going to fall by deterioration too. We never "double check" anything any longer. We never monitor. WTF.

((sorry to go a bit off topic)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I served for three years in the military stationed in Germany - I am a Vietnam ERA veteran - NOT - a Vietnam Veteran. I have way too much respect for the military personnel who served and died there.

I guess Blumenthal wants to replace Dodd in the Senate - one of Angelo's friends. The people in CT expect their politicians to lie and cheat. How very sad and pathetic.

Posted by: alance | May 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Stormfront.org, which was founded to support David Duke for senate by another KKK Grand Dragon, Don Black, has been promoting and contributing to Rand Paul's moneybombs. Palling around with WhiteSupremacists much?

Don Black, head of the white supremacist group Stormfront, tweeted other Stormfront members that Ron Paul had asked them to contribute to Rand's campaign. How cozy.


Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse


We've had elected officials who chase legislative interns for sex - Mark Foley.

Let's name some more. Delay, Frist, Massa. All evolving around much worse behavior than stumbling on words.

Who were some of the latest? Beside Massa. And don't forget "I did not have sex relations with that woman."

Stashing money in refrigerators, Jefferson.

Even McCain was involved in the Keating 5 years ago.

Nixon comes to mind too.

Give Blumenthal a break. He served in the ERA of Vietnam. Alof of folks did but they were stationed in Germany and never saw Nam.

Vets should cut him a break too. Nam is over. Let's not bring it up again. It's stressful.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Would anyone ever apologize for this?

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

See Vic Livingston's "Facebook" page for the commentary that a rogue government "fusion center" surveillance and censorship regime apparently would not allow to be posted here this morning.

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 24, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe 37 isn't the teenager we've all believed him to be.

It seems he might be the senile old codger wandering around the nursing home, sharing his misinformed opinions with anyone willing to give him a few minutes of their time (the relatives stopped visiting long ago).

Here, he wanders in, making a comment to someone who isn't even here, about a conversation no one is having.

Poor guy.

Posted by: Bondosan | May 24, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

blert, Leininkugel was the favorite, from what I hear.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Too bad I am not his press secretary.

It would be best, since he did not step on Vietnam soil; he should say he served in the Vietnam ERA.

That would lessen the load on him.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The media - which includes the Stamford Advocate and the Milton Mirror have uncovered SIX LIES (not misstatements) by Blumenthal.

How can a lie like " I wore the uniform in Vietnam" ever, ever be construed as a "misstatement."

Watch for more lies to emerge in the coming weeks.

Posted by: VictoriaBalfour | May 24, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I like how the liberal posters here keep saying Blumenthal "mispoke" about his service in Vietnam. I guess "misspoke" is the new politically correct term for lying. You can say you misspoke about something if you do it once, but it's still called lying if you do it misspeak aobut he same subject multiple times.

Posted by: RobT1 | May 24, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The media - which includes the Stamford Advocate and the Milton Mirror have uncovered SIX LIES (not misstatements) by Blumenthal.

How can a lie like " I wore the uniform in Vietnam" ever, ever be construed as a "misstatement."

Watch for more lies to emerge in the coming weeks.

Posted by: VictoriaBalfour | May 24, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

So in the speech that you keep seeing on TV where Blumenthal says that "his time in vietnam" etc, he also says later "I never was in Vietnam" I really think that this will blow over, but he needs to come out now and start talking about issues again ASAP. This can spiral into a Macacca type moment if you keep talking about it. This was a good second apology, but he should now come out saying that he "won't let this one mishap stop him from fighting for Veterans and Connecticut as a US senator."

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 24, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Blumenthal should be FORCED OUT OF THE RACE IMMEDIATELY.


AND HE SHOULD BE FORCED TO RESIGN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL.


An Attorney General is an officer of the Court - he should not be a LIAR.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

12Bar

What is there to dispute at a trial?


The liability is well established.


The fishermen should not have to endure additional hardship waiting years for their just compensation - they should be made whole IMMEDIATELY.


Why - what purpose can a DELAY serve?

From your silence, I guess you want all the fishermen to wait 20 years for compensation.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 24, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

As one veteran put it:

"Damian Maine of New Britain, who served in the Navy in Europe during the Vietnam War, was forgiving of Blumenthal, who he said has done good things for the state.

"Sometimes his story got a little mixed up, but I'm sure there's a lot of veterans who still support him," he said."

"Despite the national attention that Blumenthal's misstatements have attracted, Democrats said they could not ignore his 26 years of political service — six years as a state lawmaker and 20 as Connecticut's omnipresent attorney general — to the state."

From what I hear from Dems in CT, this won't hurt him. People there seem to be more interested in all his years of service to the state than his misspeaking.

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

drindl,

I was kind of surprised by Leinenkugel's decision to drop out, too, but I get the sense that the complaints about conservatives are only part of the story. Despite criticisms, Leinenkugel was still the favorite for the nomination, and he was probably the best chance in November for Republicans. Politicians don't drop out when they are ahead because someone says something nasty about them, which makes me think that there is more to Leinenkugel's decision that he is letting on.

Besides, I'm in Wisconsin, too, and I don't think the level of vitriol has been nearly as bad as what Leinenkugel described. Yes, the right has challenged him and disparaged him for working for Doyle, a Democrat, but I don't think that any politician can realistically expect no criticism when a person works for the other party, and Leinenkugel is might thin-skinned if he thought that those criticisms were nasty.

Heck, regular Fix readers hear as bad or worse in the comments on a regular basis.

Posted by: blert | May 24, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Why do you call them misstatements? He lied. His biography on the CT AG's website highlighted his service in Vietnam. How come the media doesn't talk about that? Just so you know in the real world, where normal Americans live, we are capable of calling someone out for lying. Blumenthal you are a big f-ing liar!

Posted by: columbiaheights | May 24, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

BHO, Master of the Modern Media

Having effectively installed Comrade Obama in office with its unrelenting hype and refusal to examine his radical background and lack of qualifications, the mainstream media might have expected to be the last to get eaten by the socialist crocodile. But already the Obamination Administration has set up its own alternative media run out of the White House, so that the guys who program the Moonbat Messiah's teleprompter can have 100% control of the misinformation we're fed.

Despite Chairman Zero's complaint that he doesn't like information technology, his gang is very much on top of the latest trends, as evidenced by the cornucopia of corny propaganda offered up by the White House YouTube page. Features include the recently launched West Wing Week. Switch comments:

'West Wing Week' was launched with little fanfare some time ago on YouTube and slipped under the radar of most media outlets. But it offers an interesting glimpse into the daily goings on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The videos round up the major events, with President Obama facing some new national crisis, visiting schools and businesses and speaking to the press. But there are also behind the scenes moments that [attempt to] humanize the president and others in the administration…

Of course, efforts like these are ways for the administration to control the flow of information and attempt to steer the national conversation. During the Bush years, much was made of that administration's ability to control the conversation and effectively herd the press, but even those masters of message could learn a thing or two from the Obama team. These efforts, however, have rankled the feathers of some in the traditional media who feel the White House is trying to sidestep them by releasing its own photos of events on Flickr, video interviews with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and saving some content strictly for the 'West Wing Week' video series.

It's almost as if Chairman Zero is looking forward to the day when he won't need his alphabet soup enablers anymore.

Before long B. Hussein will have his own cable channel.

But I'm forgetting, Dish Network has already offered an Obama Channel, and I don't mean MSNBC. At least we can still watch other channels, for now

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not from CT, mark, but I'll still weigh in. McMahon certainly seems like the most high-profile and well-funded Republican candidate, and in our current political system, that more or less stands in for being a "favorite." I'm sure the jokes will fly during the campaign, with more to come if she gets elected, but the pro-wrestling world has made it's mark on politics before, so who knows?

My money is that Schiff makes some noise before all is said and done. He trails badly still, but by primary time I have a hunch that he will have gained some steam. The real questions with him is whether or not people are still upset about Wall Street, and whether the people who are will hop on the Schiff wagon. Schiff was an outspoken critic of the housing bubble long before anybody was calling it a bubble, and he predicted it's collapse back when everyone else was throwing money at real estate hand-over-fist. Schiff is the kind of Wall Street critic who ought to be popular in this kind of economic climate, and especially if stocks again sour, I could see Schiff making a run. Schiff is the kind of candidate that a Ross Perot/Ron Paul voter might like, and I am not sure that he can win, especially in CT, but I'll lay wager that he is polling stronger near primary time than he is now.

Of course, McMahon doesn't exactly seem like the CT mold either, but she has a lot more money to throw at this race, so she may bury her primary foes so deeply in cash that nobody can get their voices heard above her.

Posted by: blert | May 24, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

In Wisconsin, a good comment.

Businessman Dick Leinenkugel, a beer fortune heir who had been running for the Republican nomination to go up against Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), suddenly dropped out of the race over the weekend -- unable to overcome opposition from conservatives over his recent tenure as state Secretary of Commerce for Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Leinenkugel had been running for only about a month, against three other businessmen: Terrence Wall, Dave Westlake and Ron Johnson. Upon dropping out, Leinenkugel endorsed Johnson. The TPM Poll Average has Feingold leading Wall, Westlake and Leinenkugel, with no polling yet available on Johnson. The GOP already missed out on its best possible recruiting opportunity for this race, when former Gov. Tommy Thompson announced that he would not run.

Leinenkugel complained that his work for Doyle had been misconstrued -- that he was just attempting to work constructively in government. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

But in a lengthy chat with the Journal Sentinel just hours before his stunning endorsement of rival Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson, Leinenkugel said he'd been painted wrongly as a moderate and said the Republican Party needed to change.

"It's hatred, not anger," he said of conservative talk radio. Anger, Leinenkugel said, is healthy and can be channeled into political reform, but hatred leads nowhere."

Posted by: drindl | May 24, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Another lying liberal? I don't think anyone considers this news. Only that he was caught with his own words. Not appropriate evidence according to the sycophants in the press and the loons on this blog.

It is so rare that liberals actually tell the truth. It never happens within two years of an election.

How about the whopper that Obummercare would cost less than a trillion? Hahaha. that lasted about a week. Remember jobs saved? closing Gitmo? bipartisanship? Transparency? No lobbyyists.

Here's a reall good one - Pay Go.

When you find your first honest liberal, THAT will be news.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 24, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The group that has been most offended -- Vets -- have been complaining about Blumenthal for years. The CT newspapers declined the story.

Posted by: loux24 | May 24, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I do not know anyone in CT and I hope some CT voters actually post here. The guy has been such a good friend to vets that the group who would be most offended may let it go. I would also want to know from CT people if Wrestling lady is really the R fave.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 24, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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