05 Jul

Touting Military Service is Fine for Josh Mandel, But Not So Okay for Tammy Duckworth

“[Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic congressional candidate,] is a hero and that demands our respect, but it doesn’t demand our vote,” [Joe Walsh]saidof Duckworth. Walsh went on to suggest, however, that “all she does” is “talk about her service.

Voters in this district want to have an inkling of where she stands on the issues and she never ever gets directly in front of people,” he asserted. “I salute her service, but my god, the voters want to know if she has any thought on the issues.”

Rep. Joe Walsh’s statements about his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, are pretty interesting considering Republicans in Ohio seem to think it’s perfectly fine that Josh Mandel doesn’t give his “thought[s] on the issues” or mention anything other than his military service.

From his commercials, you could get the erroneous idea that Josh Mandel was endorsed by the Marine Corps., yet the branches of the military aren’t permitted to endorse political candidates.

More troubling than the double standard is the fact that Tammy Duckworth did not just spend her time in Iraq posing for pictures to use in her political campaigns, but according to her campaign website she was “a Black Hawk helicopter pilot…and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries” she received when her helicopter was “hit by an RPG.”  Despite her injuries, Duckworth has remained in the “Illinois Army National Guard” as a Lieutenant Colonel and works to obtain better medical treatment for injured veterans.

Walsh should stop criticizing Duckworth since his party is using the same tactics elsewhere in the country.  Unfortunately for candidates like Mandel, that is the only experience they feel worthy of mentioning.


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