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Military not “public service?”

Posted By McQ • [October 22, 2010]

Why this guy deserves a long vacation:

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, D-8th, doesn’t think serving in the military is public service. At the October 6th meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, Moran was videotaped telling fellow party members:

“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.”

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.

As Barbara Hollingsworth further opines, “paper shuffling in Washington” apparently is.  Moran has also claimed the Military Officer's Association of America has “endorsed” him, even though the MOAA has publicly rejected that claim.  By law they’re prevented from “participating or investing, either directly or indirectly, in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition too any candidate for elective public office.” 

Moran is on the “Defense subcomittee” of the House Appropriations committee.  He needs to be relegated to his couch in his Arlington home.


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