Maryland Democrat Running For Governor: Serving In Iraq War Not A “Real Job”…
It’s not the first time a Democrat has insulted military members and veterans, and it certainly won’t be the last. Democrats, not all of them, mind you, but a goodly chunk show a disdain for the military. What is interesting is that a) this is Blue on Blue, and b) how the attack is phrased
(WBAL-TV) A veterans group is demanding an apology from Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor.
The group says Gansler made a disparaging remark about Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s service in Iraq.
Gansler said he doesn’t consider what Col. Anthony Brown did in Iraq a “real job.” Gansler made the remarks during a candidates forum Monday in Bethesda before the Tech Council of Maryland, the state’s largest technology and life science trade association.
In reference to Brown, without directly mentioning his name, Gansler said, “You know, I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything. You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good but this is a real job.”
Except for the part about being a military veteran, that could have been describing Obama. Obama “never managed anybody, never run anything.” The same could be said of Joe Biden, should he choose to run in 2016. Brown, being a Colonel, was certainly in charge of people, he certainly ran things.
In response, Jon Soltz, an Iraq war veteran and chairman of Vote Vets Political Action Committee, said, “Doug Gansler needs to stop smearing those of us who served in Iraq as not having had a ‘real job.’ It’s a horrible insult to all those men and women who put their lives on the line, and especially those who died, in service to this country. Additionally, Mr. Gansler, if he chooses to attack an Iraq War Veteran, ought to at least admit that the person he is attacking has been serving as Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor. This kind of slime ball politics is what turns people off to our democratic process, so Mr. Gansler is doing no favors for Maryland or our democratic electoral system by playing in the gutter like this.”
A case can certainly be made for incompetence considering the lowly state of the Maryland Obamacare exchange. Yet, how involved was Brown as Md Lieutenant Gov? Regardless, the Lt. Gov. of Maryland does have many, many official duties as described in the Maryland Constitution, along with those delegated by the Governor.
Regardless, this is exactly the type of “slime ball politics” we expect from Democrats, even Blue on Blue. This is what they do.