Featured contributor DavidNYC at DailyKos attempts to manufacture a smear campaign against a Kos supported candidate (Paul Hackett) and pin it on Republican candidate Jean Schmidt. Of course he’s omitted the facts that refute prove his charge is blatantly dishonest. Here’s the meat of the Kos quote:
Eric Minamyer, an adviser to Jean Schmidt (R), sees fit to question Paul Hackett’s service to this country in Iraq. How dare he.
…So, memo to the GOP: We won’t let you get away with Swift Boating another heroic Democratic war veteran. And we won’t let you desecrate the memories of the eleven civil affairs men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Shame on you for even trying.Anyone willing to do even a moderate amount of reading can determine the following:
- Eric Minamyer is a veteran of the Iraq war as well – a point conveniently omitted from DavidNYC’s story (as was a link to Minamyer’s site).
- Minamyer is upfront in discussing his service in the Naval IG and JAG, neither a combat role.
- Minamyer ran for the Republican nomination and lost, and is now supporting Schmidt.
- Minamyer’s question about Hackett’s service are directly related to a Hackett campaign commercial that (according to Minamyer) implies he commanded Marines in combat. Here’s his direct question concerning the ad:
Major Hackett is a Civil Affairs Officer. His commercial refers to “following his marines” to Iraq. What does that mean? Did he command any marines? Who? To whom did he report? What were his duties exactly?
Clearly it’s the Kos coeditor who should be shamed for “desecrating memories” by dragging unrelated deaths into a simple question about a campaign commercial.
Update: Hackett responds via a news story. Minamyer posts the response and stands corrected. Those accusing Minamyer of a “Swift Boat” attack continue to distort his simple questions, and distort his role in the Schmidt campaign, which he clears up at Ohio 2nd.