Ordinarily, a clip like this would be overlooked on YouTube as random amateur video of a politician talking about his military service in Vietnam. However, the individual in this video is Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. He is the likely Democratic candidate running for Senate in his state for the seat being vacated by Sen. Chris Dodd, a Democrat.
In a number of local newspaper articles, Mr. Blumenthal presented himself as a Marine reservist who served in the Vietnam War, but The New York Times recently revealed that Mr. Blumenthal’s representation of his service in Vietnam did not match what the newspaper discovered:
“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 U.S. 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.
That’s going to leave a mark. Connecticut’s now embattled attorney general can likely say goodbye to his 20-point lead over potential GOP challengers. It is only a matter of time before the Democrats manage to pull Mr. Blumenthal off the ticket and find a replacement candidate. Keep in mind two things: Sen. Dodd went into retirement with low incumbent polling numbers against Rob Simmons, a strong GOP challenger in this race, and Mr. Simmons really is a decorated Vietnam war hero (h/t Hot Air).
In the meantime, Mr. Blumenthal is in damage control, telling the New York Times he “misspoke” at the Norwalk event and likely at other events as well. The clock started ticking yesterday on this guy.