Congressman: Military Service Doesn’t Equal Public Service

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has some explaining to do to the nation’s veterans. While attacking his opponent, Republican Patrick Murray, Moran said Republicans use “stealth candidates, that haven’t been in office, haven’t served or performed in any kind of public service.” He said Murray is a “typical” example.

There’s just one problem. Patrick Murray is Colonel Patrick Murray, and he served 24 years in the Army.

Still, Moran deserves the benefit of the doubt, right?. Maybe he forgot Murray served, or maybe he misspoke and would later backpedal. Not the case.

In video of the October 6 remarks, Moran recognizes Murray’s service, but still sets himself up as the real public servant:

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey says this:

Note too that it’s not as if Moran didn’t know about Murray’s service record.  Moran actually sneers at it, claiming that Murray had “taken a government check” for 24 years as a member of the military, as if Murray hadn’t earned every penny of it working in defense of his nation.

While the Washington Examiner’s Barbara Hillingsworth adds this:

However, Moran’s opponent happens to be Col. Patrick Murray (US Army-Ret.), who served 24 years in uniform, was deployed to four different combat zones, including Baghdad, as part of the 2007 troop surge under Gen. David Petraeus, and was even shot at by foreign combatants. If that isn’t public service, I don’t know what is.

Paper shuffling in Washington, apparently.

Hollingsworth also notes that Moran drew the ire of the Military Officers Association of America by claiming the group had endorsed him. It says it did not.

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