Just embarrassing: Dem rep mistakenly touts services to German air force

As they say in California, dummkopf!

U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley, whose coastal congressional district includes the 19,000-strong Naval Base Ventura County, sent out a flyer recently to constituents touting her record of service to the folks back home.

As Jeff Gorrell, Brownley’s Republican opponent in the fall, pointed out in a campaign flyer Monday, Brownley’s taxpayer-funded mailer included photos of two service members, one of them a young woman wearing what appears to be the uniform of the United States Navy.

On closer examination, though, the insignia on the woman’s cap represents the German Air Force. The rest of her uniform doesn’t match any known branch of the German military, though, according to the Daily Caller, indicating the picture is a stock photo of a model wearing no real uniform, just a hodgepodge of “military” clothing.

This is what the whole flyer looks like.

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Unfortunately for Brownley, her office apparently thinks the folks back home are in the German air force instead of the United States Navy.

Here’s the picture of the “sailor.”

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The cap has the insignia of the German air force.

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And this from a congresswoman who not only represents a sizable naval base in Congress, she’s a member of the House Veterans Affairs committee!

Gorrell, who finished only one point behind Brownley in June under California’s open primary system, is using the faulty flyer to symbolize an ignorant congressional office.

As a third-generation Navy veteran, his own flyer said, he’s likely to know the difference between a real American uniform and an ersatz German mock-up.

“The misrepresentation and use of an image depicting a foreign or fake military service member is indicative of a fundamental lack of understanding of veterans and the military by Brownley, her staff, and her political advisors,” Gorrell wrote.

“Julia should apologize for using a photo of a foreign or fake military officer.  She should also apologize for using taxpayer funds to send out such wasteful, useless mailers.”

She should also apologize to American men.

Both service members pictured on her flyer are attractive young women (one in what appears to be an American Air Force uniform). While no one wants to take away from the contributions of women in the country’s armed forces, they make up only about 15 percent of the 1.4 million Americans under arms.

It would be nice if libs like Brownley could find a way to tout their progressive credentials without slighting the men who actually do the work of protecting the country.

The right uniform would help, too.

NOTE: The first sentence of this post has been changed from the original. Apparently, one of our readers knows what “scheisskopf” means and claimed to be offended.  — Joe

CORRECTION: The branch of service for the uniform of the second woman in the flyer has been corrected.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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