Congressman: Military Service Doesn’t Equal Public Service
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has some explaining to do to the nation’s veterans. While attacking his opponent, Republican Patrick Murray, Moran said Republicans use “stealth candidates, that haven’t been in office, haven’t served or performed in any kind of public service.“ He said Murray is a ”typical” example.
There’s just one problem. Patrick Murray is Colonel Patrick Murray, and he served 24 years in the Army.
Still, Moran deserves the benefit of the doubt, right?. Maybe he forgot Murray served, or maybe he misspoke and would later backpedal. Not the case.
In video of the October 6 remarks, Moran recognizes Murray’s service, but still sets himself up as the real public servant:
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey says this:
Note too that it’s not as if Moran didn’t know about Murray’s service record. Moran actually sneers at it, claiming that Murray had “taken a government check” for 24 years as a member of the military, as if Murray hadn’t earned every penny of it working in defense of his nation.
While the Washington Examiner’s Barbara Hillingsworth adds this:
However, Moran’s opponent happens to be Col. Patrick Murray (US Army-Ret.), who served 24 years in uniform, was deployed to four different combat zones, including Baghdad, as part of the 2007 troop surge under Gen. David Petraeus, and was even shot at by foreign combatants. If that isn’t public service, I don’t know what is.
Paper shuffling in Washington, apparently.
Hollingsworth also notes that Moran drew the ire of the Military Officers Association of America by claiming the group had endorsed him. It says it did not.
Dem. Rep Gets in Shouting Match With Veteran at Town Hall: ‘Time to Sit Down’
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) isn’t known for his friendly comments towards veterans. This is no exception.
While at a town hall meeting last night, Moran got into a heated debate with a someone who identified himself as a 27-year veteran. The veteran was visibly upset that Moran was holding a town hall instead of trying to figure out the budget in Washington. While answering that charge, Moran took a shot at the supposed veteran, calling the man’s question “caustic.” That didn’t sit well with the man, who began a heated back-and-forth with Moran (exchange starts at about 4:00):
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey offers his thoughts:
It’s certainly not a highlight reel for Moran’s concept of constituent services, but running a town-hall meeting does require a little decorum. The problem is that Moran’s the one who disrupted it. Moran’s contempt shines through right from the moment he begins speaking, saying, “And if you served your country in the military for 27 years, I thank you for that service, sir.” Is it so unusual to find a military veteran in Moran’s district that his gratitude has to come with a qualifier? Does Moran employ the qualifier for veterans who ask questions along the lines of “How can you be so totally awesome and humble at the same time?” He then insults the constituent by claiming that his question was “caustic” rather than “legitimate,” prompting the veteran to interrupt — and Moran to act like an old schoolmarm when he does.
Morrissey goes on to say that Moran’s town hall was not egregious: the House had already passed a budget, so they were off the hook. But that doesn’t absolve Moran for the way he handled himself. Far from it.
How do jerks like this keep getting elected? He isn't good enough to pick up dog poo.
Dan Emplit WBFD