It’s the first thing they teach you in candidate school: Don’t inflate your resume, especially when it comes to military service.
Richard Blumenthal, Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut, learned that lesson the hard way. And now, so has Illinois Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk. Not once, but twice!
Last week, it was revealed that Kirk had long claimed to have been named the Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year in 1998. When, in fact, his unit had won the award – before he even belonged to it.
Now Kirk’s caught in another lie: boasting about being the only member of Congress to have served in the U.S. invasion of Iraq. When, in fact, he served, stateside, “during,” but never “in,” Operation Iraqi Freedom. And never sought to correct news stories that said otherwise.
Kirk insists, in both cases, that his misstatements are due to mere clerical errors. But nobody believes that. Like Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut, Kirk was trying to pump up his military service to be more than it was – and got caught.
Lying about your military record may not disqualify you from serving in the U.S. Senate, but it’s certainly one big strike against you.
That’s my parting shot for today.