Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal surrounded himself with war veterans today in response to charges that he misrepresented his military record to voters.
Blumenthal organized a news conference for this afternoon at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in West Hartford one day after a published report revealed that the Democratic senatorial candidate never served in Vietnam despite repeated public claims to the contrary.
The bombshell dropped as Blumenthal, Connecticut’s attorney general, seeks the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd. Blumenthal received five deferments between 1965 and 1970 and ultimately served stateside in the Marine Corps Reserve, according to the New York Times. He was assigned to a unit that focused on fixing playgrounds and organizing Toys for Tots drives.