[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]
A few days ago it came to light that Jim Moran (D-emilitarized) said this about his opponent, Patrick Murray:
What [Republicans] do is find candidates, usually stealth candidates, that haven’t been in office, haven’t served or performed in any kind of public service. My opponent is typical, frankly.
Of course, Murray served in the military for 24 years, a fact that Moran referenced not a minute later in the same talk. So more than a few people said this meant that Moran was denigrating Murray’s military service as not being “public service.” And I offered a limited defense to those comments, which some felt was not much of a defense.
Well, what defense I offered, I take it back.
You see, Moran has clarified his statement as follows:
Moran said his comments have been distorted and what he criticized was not his opponent’s military record but his lack of civic involvement.
“Serving in the military does not prevent you from getting involved in the community,” he said. “Mr. Murray has decided simply not to be involved in the civic life of the community. That’s what I was saying.”
Actually Jim when you are serving our country in places like Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia and Russia, often being shot at, it’s a little hard to keep up to date with the latest actions by the PTA, you idiot. And even when he was in-country, he had every right to say, “you know what? I already served the community by defending it.”
There was some wiggle room before, but there is none now. Jim Moran has slapped every soldier in the face. He needs to apologize. And every person who values the contributions made by the men and women of our armed forces who live in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District need to come out and fire this jerk, a week from today.
Update: Smitty at The Other McCain fisks a news report on the controversy, here.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]