Democrats have long-accused Republicans of being too patriotic, too “rah-rah America.” But during this election cycle, they’re even finding fault with their opponents’ military service. The National Republican Senatorial Committee calls this simply “Unacceptable”:
The enormous unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act is placing Democratic candidates at a distinct disadvantage, and it’s moving thoughts of a GOP-held Senate from wishful-thinking to future reality.
Senate Democrats are resorting to any argument they can come up with to retain their seats — including attacking the military service of their Republican rivals.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark,, accused his opponent, Tom Cotton, as having a “sense of entitlement” because of his service.
“In the Senate we have all kinds of different people, all kinds of different folks, that have come from all kinds of different backgrounds,” Pryor said “I think that’s part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off, almost like I served my country, therefore let me into the Senate. That’s not how it works in Arkansas.”
Entitlement? The tragic events of 9/11 happened during Cottons final year at Harvard Law School. Instead of joining a silk-stocking law firm like most of his classmates, he joined the Army as an infantry officer.
In Alaska, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s Alaska First Super PAC also attacked his GOP rival’s post-9/11 service in an ad accusing decorated Marine Dan Sullivan of being a carpetbagger. As United Liberty noted:
Sullivan moved to Washington in 2002, not long after the 9/11 attacks, to work in an advisory role for the National Security Council and the State Department from 2006 to 2009. During this time, he and his family lived in Bethesda, Maryland, but still maintained their residency in Alaska.
It’s worth noting that Sullivan has served in the U.S. Marine Corps since 1993 and has been recalled to active duty on three separate occasions, the most recent of which was in July 2013, when he was deployed to Afghanistan. He also spent 17 months in working in Africa working as a strategic advisor to Gen. John Abizaid.
If you’re going to knock a guy for being born and raised in a different state, something over which he had no control, and living in Maryland while serving the nation, why not also bring up the fact that he lived outside the country, too? Oh, wait. It doesn’t fit the wholly misleading narrative that Democrats are trying to create.
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