The other shoe just dropped and it was not just a few misplaced words. An Assistant AG in Blumenthal’s office says he heard Blumenthal make the claim on several occasions. But there’s so much more and frankly, it’s shameful. The reporter breaking the story is news veteran George Gombassy and he will be a guest at 9AM tomorrow.
George Gombassy is reporting tonight at CT Watchdog that Richard Hine, a Marine Corps Major, says the Democrat US Senate candidate personally pulled him aside when he was about to be shipped out during “Desert Storm”. He offered him assistance and then suggestions on to how to handle war time service, based on his “personal” experience in Vietnam.
“He then said, you’re a Major, and so it will be a little different for you than it was for me as an enlisted Marine in Vietnam. I was appalled and shocked, because I knew he had not been to Vietnam, yet just a moment before he had helped to console my daughter in an unsolicited act of kindness.”
Blumenthal’s campaign spokeswoman Maura Downes said this morning that she was not aware of the letter or the claim and had no immediate comment.
And there’s even more to the story. Gombassy is reporting that Hines tried to tell his story to the main stream media weeks ago but only blogger Don Pesci of Red Notes carried the story. That means the Courant, the Register, The Times and The Herald, chose to ignore the letter, which makes this as much of an indictment of the liberal media in Connecticut as Blumenthal.
George has a copy of the letter at his news site. Make sure you read the whole story. But, here’s a portion of what Hine wrote two weeks ago.
I have been torn for twenty years about that conversation and what it tells me about his character.
Periodically, I would hear him repeat the statement that he served in Vietnam. He didn’t “misspeak” or “misstate” to me face-to-face twenty years ago and he hasn’t to veterans and the press in subsequent years – he lied.
As a Major, Judge Advocate USMCR I want to apologize for Sergeant Richard Blumenthal to all the Vietnam era service members, their mothers and fathers and all their loved ones.
The blood of our service members soaked the rice paddies of Vietnam, we lost tens of thousands of our young and tens of thousands of other service members come home injured psychologically and physically.
Major Hine is carrying a tough burden that he does not deserve. He served honorably. It’s his boss who should still apologize.
UPDATE: I thought I would link here to the week late “apology”. Ask yourself, is he saying he is sorry for lying and misleading?
“At times when I have sought to honor veterans, I have not been as clear or precise as I should have been about my service in the Marine Corps Reserves,” Blumenthal said in a statement emailed to the Courant late Sunday by his spokeswoman, Maura Downes. “I have firmly and clearly expressed regret and taken responsibility for my words.
Actually, he’s only sorry for “not being precise”. This is the reason the Asst AG is speaking out.