Richard Blumenthal lied, and it should matter

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      Kendrick Macdowell

      Kendrick Macdowell is a lawyer and writer in Washington DC. He was Vice President and General Counsel at the National Association of Theatre Owners. Prior to joining NATO, he served as General Counsel to Senator Peter Fitzgerald and specialized in judiciary and financial market issues. Prior to the Senate, he was a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP.

Fourth, Blumenthal did not merely use the wrong preposition (in rather than during).  His “misstatements” were clearly calculated to gain him the sympathy of “returning veterans.”  When he said in 2008 he had “served in Vietnam,” he was purporting to educate his audience in what has been “learned since then” — i.e., how we should treat “returning veterans.”  In 2003, in comments about American troops serving oversees, he also discussed what he saw “when we returned.”  Richard Blumenthal wanted to be perceived as a sympathetic “returning veteran,” and so he lied.  Deliberately.  More than once.

That lie should have some electoral consequence, even if Richard Blumenthal himself is not even remotely taking “full responsibility.”

Kendrick Macdowell is a lawyer and writer in Washington, D.C.

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  • gooners

    I know your position as a DC lobbyist who knows a guy that once served in Vietnam gives your opinion a lot of weight, but still…maybe the voters in CT should decide.

    • junkmaninohio

      Does not matter if he lied about serving in Viet Nam. All Democrats lie. Just look at Obama, Frank, Reid, Pelosi…need I say more. Lying is a resume enhancement if you’re a Democrat. And the media will print their lies….so that makes the lie true…..it’s different when you’re a Democrat. The standards are much, much lower.

    • kendrick

      Excellent point. I certainly am not a vet myself. But gooners, I am NOT a lobbyist. Them’s fightin’ words.