Mark Kirk admits claim about military award was inaccurate

posted at 3:53 pm on May 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

Thanks to Dick “Khe Sanh” Blumenthal, we don’t need to agonize here about whether Kirk should drop out of the race in shame for misstating his citations.

The Republican candidate for President Obama’s old Senate seat has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO’s conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s…

Cmdr. Danny Hernandez, the Navy’s assistant chief of information, said for several days last week that he was having trouble finding records to clarify the matter. Then on Friday, he said Kirk, an Appropriations Committee member who co-chairs an electronic warfare working group, had changed his Web site to incorporate a different account of the award…

Kirk was assigned to a unit based in Aviano, Italy, during the conflict.
A professional group, the National Military Intelligence Association, gave the unit an award for outstanding service, according to a revised résumé posted on Kirk’s Web site Saturday…

Kirk, whose campaign has emphasized his military service as a reservist, similarly misstated the award during a House committee hearing in March 2002. In a remark recorded by C-Span, he said, “I was the Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year,” an achievement he depicted as providing special qualifications to discuss national security spending.

His campaign blasted out a statement last night noting that he’s described his other citations correctly and that the awards board that chooses “intelligence officer of the year” overlaps significantly with the one with the one that chooses “outstanding service by an intelligence unit.” I.e. they’re roughly equal in prestige, so it’s not like Kirk is trying to overstate his achievements. Which is a fine argument, but it ignores the obvious point that an individual award would speak more directly to Kirk’s individual merit as an officer than a group award would. Simple question here, same as with Blumenthal: What possible excuse can there be for not stating one’s military background with absolute precision? With all the righteous fury over incidents of “stolen valor,” there’s no earthly reason for a candidate not to check and double-check and triple-check that his biography states his commendations exactly as they are. It’s amazing that two guys with a plus on their resume as huge as military service can’t leave well enough alone, and end up pushing their claims so far as to turn it into something of a liability.

The other irony is that Kirk, like Blumenthal, benefits from having an opponent with major biographical issues of his/her own. Sure, Bloomy’s a liar, but he did serve honorably in the Marine Corps Reserve. Who’s a left-wing Connecticut voter more inclined to vote for, him or — as Coulter put it — a pro-wrestling impresario? As for Kirk, he’s been blessed with facing arguably the single shadiest major candidate on either side of the aisle this year. He’ll get beat up for misstating his citation, but what’s worse? Leading an award-winning intelligence unit or cutting loan checks to mobsters? QED.


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Uhm, wasn’t this same story on here two days ago?

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Well, I said Blumenthal was a jerk and should resign.

I’ll say the same thing right now about Kirk.

Unconscionable, I don’t care what party you’re from.

Midas on May 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM

I wasn’t a big fan of Kirk’s prior to this. His opponent really is a shady guy, though.

BadgerHawk on May 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM

What’s so damm hard about being honest with your military record? It’s not like it’s not WRITTEN DOWN.

fiatboomer on May 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM

So we don’t have anyone with any character left to run for public office in America? Is that what this country has come to – we only have resume’ paders running for elected office?

Dr Evil on May 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM

What other way is there to draw the media’s attention to a military award than by bear-baiting?

pedestrian on May 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM

It’s Chicago. This is the best we’re gonna get.

Akzed on May 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Uhm, wasn’t this same story on here two days ago?

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Don’t think so. Searching for “Mark Kirk” shows last post was May 13.

Allahpundit on May 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM

You might want to check out the Hillbuzz boys. According to them there’s waaay more dirt to be dished.

boudicae on May 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I think it was in the headlines, not a full post. Oh, and AP? It’s empressario, not imprissario. Just sayin’.

bikermailman on May 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

“The day I received that award is seared … seared into my memory.”

Labamigo on May 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Suffice it to say — not a fan of this Kirk.

Illinois has such a wretched choice in its Senate race. The less said about that crook Giannoulias, the better.

Edouard on May 31, 2010 at 4:01 PM

He’ll get beat up for misstating his citation, but what’s worse? Leading an award-winning intelligence unit or cutting loan checks to mobsters? QED.

In Illinois? That seems to be a toss-up.

ddrintn on May 31, 2010 at 4:01 PM

If I was advising him, I’d recommend this: Give a mea culpa for mischaracterizing the award (hell, for all we know maybe HE was the reason the unit got the award .. let’s not be too quick to throw the baby out with the bath), THEN say “I will withdraw when Mr. Bluementhal and Mr. Sestak withdraw from their races.”

Labamigo on May 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

You gotta wonder what the heck these guys are thinking – particularly Kirk, running where he is, knowing that the Democrats oppo research guys will scrutinize everything about him with an electron microscope.

As far as the excuse he (or his staff) is pushing that it’s merely a ‘mix up’, simply conflating a personal with a unit award – BS flag on that play. He could have spent the entire period drinking himself silly and puking every morning for all we know, and the UNIT still may have garnered the award. This is particularly unsettling to this vet, who saw people do exactly that, then wrap themselves in the achievments of their buddies as if they were the ‘long pole in the tent’.

Hearing that Kirk is a former Navy Intel Officer, combined with this stunt (and yes, it’s a stunt, not much brighter than ones that usually begin with ‘hey ya’ll watch THIS!’), I’m reminded of something a Tomcat driver of late acquaintance mentioned to me – that the common reference for a Navy Intel type was ‘Shoe’ – the cover story being that it related to the difference between the black shoe and brown shoe Navy types, but the underlying meaning was that of an acronym – ‘stupidest humans on earth’.

Kirk seems to have worked pretty hard to earn THAT particular award. . .

What is it with Illinois Repubs that they always seem to pick the ticking time bomb candidates – that look really good till they’re the ‘pick’ and then they implode?

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

It’s nice to know that the WaPo has Giannoulis’ back though. That’s sweet.

ddrintn on May 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM

So Illinois has the choice between Kirk and Giannoulias? And the winner of the “State with stupidest voters” award go to…

Chrisin206 on May 31, 2010 at 4:06 PM

My bad. It usually doesn’t take long for a headline story to make it down here. I still think it’s a non-story, as in the context of Illinois, this is like, awesome. However, Kirk is so deep in the closet he’s speaking Narnian. And hillbuzz is right, Kirk is compromised. At the end of the day though, you have to defend him over A MOB BANKER!! Christ Illinois.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Anywho, I don’t see the Chicago Tribune fronting the Kirk story. So it’s possibly dead.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Nothing excuses Blumenthatl, nor Kirk.

As for Kirk, he’s been blessed with facing arguably the single shadiest major candidate on either side of the aisle this year. He’ll get beat up for misstating his citation, but what’s worse? Leading an award-winning intelligence unit or cutting loan checks to mobsters? QED.

Wait until the August Chicago bank trial. We haven’t seen nothin’, yet.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2010 at 4:09 PM

What is WRONG with these people?

Oink on May 31, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Bye Kirk. You’re an idiot. How MANY times have politicians be caught polishing the apple with bogus awards? If you, your staff, your website make such a claim, it had better be true. No polishing, no stretching. IT HAD BETTER BE THE TRUTH!

GarandFan on May 31, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Don’t think so. Searching for “Mark Kirk” shows last post was May 13.

Allahpundit on May 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM

It’s been out for two days, but not here. It strikes me as minor pickings. Exaggerating a unit commendation vs. saying you were in combat in Vietnam is a big difference. One thing is what we all do on our resumes and the other strikes me as being much worse.

My bad. It usually doesn’t take long for a headline story to make it down here. I still think it’s a non-story, as in the context of Illinois, this is like, awesome. However, Kirk is so deep in the closet he’s speaking Narnian. And hillbuzz is right, Kirk is compromised. At the end of the day though, you have to defend him over A MOB BANKER!! Christ Illinois.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Umm.. Hillbuzz thinks everyone and their father is gay. I also don’t know what is up with them. They went from being moderate Hillary Democrats to rabid Republicans.. My theory on that sight is it’s either a bunch of faithful Dems. who are trying to encourage the fringier aspects of the Republican party or their hatred of Obama has pushed them way over the deep end. It’s a long jump from being a Hillary Democrat to cavorting with Birthers and supporting people like J.D. Hayworth.

Illinidiva on May 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

He’ll get beat up for misstating his citation, but what’s worse? Leading an award-winning intelligence unit or cutting loan checks to mobsters? QED.

Ahhhhh, the lesser of two evils. Misstating is PC for lying. While I can definitely understand that lying about a military award is not as bad as loaning money to the mob the choice is still to select a liar.

I mean, what’s the point in lying about a military unit award, and trying to say it was actually a personal award? People would figure since Admiral Boorda that lying about awards is sure to get caught.

Rode Werk on May 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

What possible excuse can there be for not stating one’s military background with absolute precision?

As a Marine Corps veteran, I’m not defending this other than to say that if the website biography was written by a staffer while reviewing DD214, then it’s possible they didn’t understand the nature of the award. Sure, Kirk should have checked it and corrected it, but such a mundane task may have been overlooked.

Blumenthal, however, mis-stated on multiple occasions his record for the purpose of furthering his career.

BKeyser on May 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Anywho, I don’t see the Chicago Tribune fronting the Kirk story. So it’s possibly dead.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Kirk has newspaper protection in Chicago. The editorial guys LOVE him, especially as he can be used as a foil for more conservative Republicans.

Illinidiva on May 31, 2010 at 4:29 PM

How difficult would it be (as AP points out) to post your DD-214 with your SSAN redacted and rest easy, knowing you’ve presented the whole truth?

Why the need to embellish an already distinguished military career with Audie Murphy type commendations?

Next thing you know, John Kerry will be telling us he won three Purple Heart awards in ‘Nam…..OH! Wait…..

GoldenEagle4444 on May 31, 2010 at 4:32 PM

BKeyser on May 31, 2010 at 4:28 PM

That scenario might fly if he hadn’t popped up with it himself. . .

similarly misstated the award during a House committee hearing in March 2002. In a remark recorded by C-Span, he said, “I was the Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year,”

Now THAT is hardly an oops, I was confused blunder. That’s a pretty brazen lie. Cause, while a unit award is one thing, being the “Intelligence Officer of the Year”, well, as Joey B would put it, is a pretty big effin deal.

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Up next…

“… and my ‘johnson’ is twelve inches long!”

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Kirk admits claim inaccurate. BS. Kirk lied, just like Blumenthal lied. While Blumenthal’s lie is much worse, claiming combat status after being a draft avoider, I’ll bet in the long run Kirk is hurt worse.

motionview on May 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Kirk: CCCCCOOOOOOOONNNNNNN!!!!

PackerBronco on May 31, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Leading an award-winning intelligence unit or cutting loan checks to mobsters?

Inflating the unit award and claiming that you won an award from the military as an individual (for political reasons) is worse than cutting loans to mobsters.

One of the core foundations of the military is integrity. Kirk has shown he has none. He doesn’t deserve the Senate seat. What he does deserve, formal court-martial and dishonorable discharge.

Blarg the Destroyer on May 31, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Apologetic California
and

AP

This is a recycled story on this blog from yesterday.

http://hotair.com/headlines/?pg=3,1,1,1#cat0

It linked to:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/29/AR2010052903029.html

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2010 at 4:50 PM

For the Sailors and Marines here, it’s as if you were claiming you individually won a Meritorious Ribbon, when it was a Meritorious Unit Citation, or a Battle Efficiency Ribbon.

Gothguy on May 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

So Illinois has the choice between Kirk and Giannoulias? And the winner of the “State with stupidest voters” award go to…

Chrisin206 on May 31, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Even California looks good by comparison. Carly is pro-life, Kirk supports partial-birth abortion.

bw222 on May 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

what’s worse? Leading an award-winning intelligence unit or cutting loan checks to mobsters?

In Chicago, the issue is not propriety but equality of the fix. Since Giannoulias supports both Community Reinvestment Act subprime loans to deadbeats and loans to mobsters with no intent to pay, he is more of a Robin Hood to Chicagoans. Elsewhere they spell it robbin’ hood.

KW64 on May 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I never liked that Kirk guy. This doesn’t surprise me at all.

Inkblots on May 31, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Simple question here, same as with Blumenthal: What possible excuse can there be for not stating one’s military background with absolute precision?

If you want a GOOD excuse, I can’t give you one. However, as someone making a very difficult transition from military service to civilian employment, I can say with absolute certainty that citing things you did in the military for civilians is hard to do with ‘absolute precision’ and still get across to them what you want them to take away from it.

My resume includes stuff like provisioning support. So what? Well, it’s determining what parts are needed for weapon systems, what parts already exist in the DoD system, what to call them, how to officially describe them, what class of supply they belong to, what number with which to track them, what other existing parts are suitable substitutes, and what existing similar parts should be avoided for that system.

See, if I had to explain with ‘absolute precision’ what I did, eyes would glaze over at the extensive explanation that really doesn’t matter for the purpose of a job I’m trying to find. Instead, I relate my accomplishments in that field to something that at least some civilians have heard of before…I ‘enabled rapid acquisition of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles when the Secretary of Defense marked MRAP as his number one acquisition priority.’ I wasn’t the only one who did it, but I was in charge of a group of people without which the MRAPs would have been delayed…who were in turn one of many groups of people doing different parts of the job that all led up to the MRAP’s rapid acquisition.

Civilians don’t care about the minutiae of my military experience because they don’t understand it. The important thing for them to take away from all of that is that I led a group of 20 people who were successful at an important, national priority job…which sounds pretty similar to what Kirk did.

James on May 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I wish that Ed had posted on Michelle Bachmann’s weird endorsement of and praise for Mark Kirk, who is a liberal and an embarrassment for conservatives and Republicans. He’s not a guy you go out of your way to praise for anything.

Ed, being a Minnesota type, inherits full responsibility for all things Bachmann.

Jaibones on May 31, 2010 at 5:01 PM

The GOP needs to cut this “pants on fire” creep loose.

molonlabe28 on May 31, 2010 at 5:05 PM

These lying, dirtbag jackass politicians are unbelievable . . . and this is what’s in charge of this poor sick Republic.

rplat on May 31, 2010 at 5:10 PM

The Cook County Organization for Criminals (CCOC), better know as the Democratic Party, is just getting stared. A MUST read from The Chicago Sun Times, May 31, 2010, “Giannoulias win? Can’t take that to the bank” by Laura Washington

http://www.suntimes.com/news/washington/2335694,CST-EDT-laura31.article

Beginning of article: “The call came from a fervent and fretting supporter of Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (wife of local con man and federal felon, Robert Creamer) was unloading an earful, bemoaning my lack of critical thinking on the Illinois Democratic nominee’s chances of snagging Barack Obama’s Senate seat in November.
“I am very concerned that there is a persistent narrative out there about Alexi that I just don’t buy,” she said by phone from her car in Washington, D.C.

She was fingering my past assertion that Giannoulias’ Senate quest is doomed.

‘I just don’t think it’s accurate,” Schakowsky exclaimed as police sirens wailed in the background. “Why would Illinois want to vote for Mark Kirk?’ ”

Take the time to read the rest of this article and think about all the voter fraud that regularly occurs in Cook County and Illinois. The Machine is already gearing up for this senate race. It is also time to support Mark Kirk, the candidate who doesn’t condone or support nation or international human trafficking or national or international organized crime. Speaking of crime and criminal activity, can anyone else see a serial pattern of criminal behavior by these wonderful democrats from Illinois? My tax dollars a work.

MayorDaley on May 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Something that is so easily checked, yet both of them lied. I guess that being able to lie with a straight face is part of being an ambitious political persona. Obama is a prime example.

SC.Charlie on May 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

He was one of the House’s Cap and Tax traitor group of 8. Glad I don’t live in his state because I wouldn’t vote for him. People tend to forget what a fight that was. Unfortunately.

Marcus on May 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM

It’s Chicago. This is the best we’re gonna get.

Akzed on May 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Sad, but true, as much as this “Illinois Combine” product i s despicable, its him or “the banker to thr mob” Alexi.

Some choice huh?

Archimedes on May 31, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Integrity. That’s whats missing from someone willing to overstate their acheivments. Something we have been missing from our elected officials. Now if there is no opportunity to replace him before the election, then I say vote to retain the seat until you can take care of it in the next election. I voted for Ted Stevens when he was having his “integrity” problems…not so much for him but to retain the senate seat. That didn’t work out so well, now we are stuck with Begich for a senator. I haven’t looked at his voting record but I wouldn’t be suprised if he voted with the dem party 100%. Hopefully we can fix this mistake in the next election.

lwssdd on May 31, 2010 at 5:36 PM

I don’t care what party you are, if you are going to lie, embellish and/or mislead about antything, you don’t deserve elective office. If your telling of your history is knowingly false, you lack the fortitude and the strength of character to serve.

Willie on May 31, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Not surprised here, Kirk is a RINO.

WHen is the GOP gonna learn? “Electability” means nothing, “Character” means everything.

Norwegian on May 31, 2010 at 5:40 PM

It’s all about MEEEEE!
That’s why we like Christie. Down to earth and he’s all about his state and the people in it.

faol on May 31, 2010 at 5:42 PM

How difficult would it be (as AP points out) to post your DD-214 with your SSAN redacted and rest easy, knowing you’ve presented the whole truth?

GoldenEagle4444 on May 31, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Because annual awards are not on the DD-214.

James on May 31, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Kirk admits claim inaccurate. BS. Kirk lied, just like Blumenthal lied. While Blumenthal’s lie is much worse, claiming combat status after being a draft avoider, I’ll bet in the long run Kirk is hurt worse.

motionview on May 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

That is true because he is Republican. Republicans usually kick our own out while democrats don’t mind at all. If we don’t handle it, the press will because Republicans don’t get a pass like the other side does.

silvernana on May 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM

He’s fortunate that his opponent Alexi G. is weighed down by his failed family bank and mob connections. He’s also lucky that this particular problem arose in May and not October.

Jill1066 on May 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Thanks NRSC!

alexwest on May 31, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Recycled stories are a hoot.

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2010 at 6:05 PM

As an Illinois voter, I don’t intend to vote for either one of these !@#$!#@$!#@%’s — I’ll write in John Shimkus or someone else that I can respect. At this point, I don’t care if the country burns because of it — if I’m going to have any self-respect, I can’t be party to putting a baby-killing, cap-’n-taxing, lying POS into the United States Senate. If I wanted to do that, or if I had wanted to be in thrall to a vote machine, I’d have registered Democrat.

Kirk delenda est.

loneloc on May 31, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Time to get a real world job dude. One where tall tails don’t hurt anything…

RalphyBoy on May 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Did he lie about his birth certificate?

SouthernGent on May 31, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Can anybody tell me what is wrong with all these idiots?

ultracon on May 31, 2010 at 6:42 PM

One thing is what we all do on our resumes and the other strikes me as being much worse.

Speak for yourself, liar.

Just because you are so quick to lie does not mean the rest of us ignored our parents’ admonitions to be honest.

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Republicans usually kick our own out while democrats don’t mind at all.

David Vitter

Ollie North

Marv Albert

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM

It’s Chicago. This is the best we’re gonna get.

Akzed on May 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM

My thoughts exactly. So…no harm, no foul, eh?

trapeze on May 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

The Race Card – Really?
Robert Byrd – Klansman
Ted Kennedy – Manslaughter
Bill Clinton – Sexual Harrassment and perjury
John Edwards – cheating on a wife dying of cancer, with a hag
Dick Blumenthal – Lying about combat
Eliott Spitzer – anti-prostitution prosecutor addicted to hookers
Allcee Hastings – a federal judge impeached of bribery elected to the House
Republicans
Robert Packwood, Newt Gingrich, whoever the next speaker after him was, Bob Michaels, the page pervert. Nixon. All gone because republicans turned on them.

motionview on May 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

The AP ran with this story really quick.

tomas on May 31, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Marv Albert

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM

WTF???!!!

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

So glad they went with the more electable choice huh? :/

clement on May 31, 2010 at 7:42 PM

motionview on May 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Though, that’s a fabulous list of losers, I don’t remember mentioning any of those people. I notice you have not given any examples of either side ever really coming down hard on one of their own.

It’s telling that I have not drawn any comparisons between parties, but you have. Nothing I said discounts the inimitable ability of Dems to coddle their scumbuckets too.

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

HillBuzz warned everyone about Kirk eons ago.

Mutnodjmet on May 31, 2010 at 8:23 PM

HillBuzz warned everyone about Kirk eons ago.

Mutnodjmet on May 31, 2010 at 8:23 PM

See my post about Hillbuzz… I don’t know what’s up with them, but their view whiplash has been pretty jarring. Going from being Hillary Democrats to supporting JD Hayworth just doesn’t occur in the span of the year (especially since JD Hayworth holds incredibly anti-gay views, which a bunch of 30-something year-old guys in Boystown would be concerned about).

Illinidiva on May 31, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I hadn’t heard that, but it certainly does indicate a more deliberate act. If that’s the case, shame on him. Unfortunately, the standard is now apologize and move on.

BKeyser on May 31, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Anyone, Republican or Democrat, who lies about their military service, should not be in office.

Star20 on May 31, 2010 at 8:33 PM

motionview on May 31, 2010 at 7:24 PM

You forgot Charlie Rangle, Richard Daley, Sr. and Richard Daley, jr.

bw222 on May 31, 2010 at 8:40 PM

MN is inhabited by a bunch of dummies, IL is inhabited by a a bunch of lying crooks.

Mirimichi on May 31, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Nothing I said discounts the inimitable ability of Dems to coddle their scumbuckets too.

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Congrats to you! A little pat on the back.

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2010 at 8:46 PM

I really don’t see this “exposé” as a big deal: the Left is using a C-SPAN clip from 2002 as their “proof.”
So the guy was in a cited Intelligence Unit of which he was a member and not cited as an individual officer…and?
He’s not a major liar, it’s just a way of framing his honors for the public.

Giannoulias is practically an indicted felon.

Maybe Kirk’s a RINO, but even a RINO in that Senate seat is preferable to another DemocRat given the national problems and issues he’ll be voting on.

BTW, what happened to the stories about the accusations that GOP SC gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley was having an affair?

The Left will tell any lie to stop our GOP candidates from winning in this crucial election!

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 8:47 PM

The Left will tell any lie to stop our GOP candidates from winning in this crucial election!

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 8:47 PM

True, but that doesn’t excuse Kirk from lying about his record to get elected.

It may not be a big deal to you, but to everyone who has worn the uniform of our country, their is no greater sin than claiming honor that belongs to others. And that is what this vile, gutless, selfish, pathetically weak liar did.

Blarg the Destroyer on May 31, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Though, that’s a fabulous list of losers, I don’t remember mentioning any of those people.

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Because its all about you. You’re the only one reading this thread. Well except for me and thousands of others.

It’s telling that I have not drawn any comparisons between parties, but you have. Nothing I said discounts the inimitable ability of Dems to coddle their scumbuckets too.

The Race Card on May 31, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Telling really? Actually it is because the scum on the left that have kept their jobs are much easier to list.

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2010 at 8:51 PM

What?

CWforFreedom on May 31, 2010 at 8:51 PM

True, but that doesn’t excuse Kirk from lying about his record to get elected.

Technically, because his unit was cited–of which he was an officer–he wasn’t lying.

It may not be a big deal to you, but to everyone who has worn the uniform of our country, their is no greater sin than claiming honor that belongs to others. And that is what this vile, gutless, selfish, pathetically weak liar did.

Blarg the Destroyer on May 31, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Kirk claimed an honor that he shared with others, not one that belonged to others.
Big difference.

Have a hissy fit if you like, but I don’t fall for every MSM trick to discredit GOP candidates myself.

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 8:55 PM

He claimed that he was Intelligence Officer of the Year. That is an individual award. You are allowing your ignorance and pride cloud your judgement. No one who served would ever conflate a unit award with an individual award. Not unless, they are a self-serving political hack.

Blarg the Destroyer on May 31, 2010 at 8:58 PM

BTW, what happened to the stories about the accusations that GOP SC gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley was having an affair?

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 8:47 PM

My understanding is that nothing has been proven so far. Erick Erickson spent the weekend trying to scrape egg off his face and I suspect Folks either spent the weekend stoned or in the slammer.

bw222 on May 31, 2010 at 8:59 PM

H

e claimed that he was Intelligence Officer of the Year. That is an individual award. You are allowing your ignorance and pride cloud your judgement. No one who served would ever conflate a unit award with an individual award. Not unless, they are a self-serving political hack.

Blarg the Destroyer on May 31, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Sorry, Blarg, but his unit did win the honor, as did Kirk as an officer in that unit.
He was establishing his bona fides for a committee hearing on military affairs.
I’m sure the Left had to really dig for this one because they’re still smarting from the Blumenthal fake Vietnam combat expose.
Kirk’s mis-speaking can’t begin to compare to the criminal conduct of his opponent Giannoulias.

But keep splitting hairs and cling to your outrage while America gets another DemocRAt crook in the Senate from the Land of Lincoln.
I am disgusted about this!

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 9:08 PM

What is with these people? If I won an award, I’m pretty sure I would know what it was. If I was in combat in Vietnam, I am danged sure I would remember it. Sheesh.

gordo on May 31, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Even California looks good by comparison. Carly is pro-life, Kirk supports partial-birth abortion.

bw222 on May 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I refer to SMIRK as ‘NARAL’s favortie republican’.
That said-Congress has got to get out of demonrats!
I’ll probably vote for him on that basis-and only that basis.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 31, 2010 at 9:21 PM

WTF????????

We’re equating Kirk mistating a commendation, with Blumenthal saying he served in a WAR ZONE???????

The Leftist pukes have WON if we’re doing that.

Justrand on May 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM

If you have never been in the military then you do not know how easy it is to get confused by the wording of a “Commendation”.

But you DO know whether you were in a WAR ZONE with people FUKCING SHOOTING AT YOU!!!

Kirk may not be perfect…but by God he did NOT claim he was in a WAR when he was NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justrand on May 31, 2010 at 9:55 PM

A major idiocy BUT it is still not the same as combat in Vietnam vs stayed at home, since either way it is a professional award, and nothing involving combat or bravery.

holdfast on May 31, 2010 at 10:25 PM

So how do we get rid of this creep? There must be a way to dump him and install an honorable person to oppose the dreaded Democrat. Please, people of Illinois, find a way to jettison this douche and run a decent human being in his place.

ktrush on May 31, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Please, people of Illinois, find a way to jettison this douche and run a decent human being in his place.

ktrush on May 31, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Kirk isn’t a “d**che;: he served this country honorably.
He made a misstatement…8 years ago.

Giannoulias is the d**che.

Doesn’t anyone think it’s strange that the Left dug up this 8-year old misspeak 5 months before the election?
Meanwhile, the Giannoulias’ bank has been shut down by regulators and the IL D.A. is preparing indictments for he and his family.

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 10:55 PM

It used to be only the demcRATS accepted and made excuses for this sort of thing .

borntoraisehogs on May 31, 2010 at 10:57 PM

He lied. That’s all there is to the matter. He should drop out.

hachiban on May 31, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Clearly Captain {?} Kirk is not the Intelligence officer of this year.

Politics, where the ability to lie is no liability.

The unspoken campaign slogan of such weasels.

profitsbeard on May 31, 2010 at 11:06 PM

He lied. That’s all there is to the matter. He should drop out.

hachiban on May 31, 2010 at 10:57 PM

He didn’t lie: He received commendation for being in a unit of which he was an officer.
He’s admitted the mistake and isn’t dropping out!

Giannoulias is the one’s who’s majorly lying about his business dealings!

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM

This is all you need to know about this:
From the linked article:

The Post’s inquiries were sparked by complaints from a representative of state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Kirk’s Democratic opponent in the Illinois Senate race.

Kirk’s statement was inaccurate, not a lie.
So says even the WashingtoncomPost.

Jenfidel on May 31, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Please, people of Illinois, find a way to jettison this douche and run a decent human being in his place.

ktrush on May 31, 2010 at 10:47 PM

We hold primaries here in Illinois. What do they do in your state? Kirk-douche whipped his several opponents in the primary. No one else was even close.

Jaibones on June 1, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Is he from Kenya ? Because to mistake a Unit citation with a personal award is on par with 57 States , corpseman and shout outs to fake medal recipient indian chiefs .

borntoraisehogs on June 1, 2010 at 8:38 AM

The reason this doesn’t hurt lefties as much is because everyone knows the Left hated the purpose of the
Vietnam War and doesn’t really see any glory in its veterans.

Speedwagon82 on June 1, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Anywho, I don’t see the Chicago Tribune fronting the Kirk story. So it’s possibly dead.

As a lifelong Illinois resident, if I admire anything about the Chicago Tribune it’s their timing. They will run this story when it will do the most damage to Kirk’s campaign

Much like how they revealed Bobby Hull’s sealed divorce records in the middle of his primary battle with Obama…then revealed the sealed divorce records of Jack Ryan in the midst of the general election for the Senate seat…

ynot4tony2 on June 1, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Who’s a left-wing Connecticut voter more inclined to vote for, him or — as Coulter put it — a pro-wrestling impresario?

Hey Ventura got elected Governor in left wing MN. He beat the RINO Norm Coleman, and the DFL candidate Roger Moe.

jpmn on June 1, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Much like how they revealed Bobby Hull’s sealed divorce records in the middle of his primary battle with Obama…

Bobby Hull? I think you have the Blackhawks on your mind.

jpmn on June 1, 2010 at 12:45 PM