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June 16, 2010

AND THEN THERE WERE 10.... "Top 9 Lists" just don't have the same impact, so I'm glad to see the list of Mark Kirk's falsehoods grow just a little more.

The Pentagon said Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk has been cautioned twice for improperly mingling politics with his military service, but Kirk's campaign denied any improper conduct Tuesday.

The Defense Department said Monday night that Kirk, a commander in the Navy Reserve, was warned after two incidents of political activity while he was on active duty. Before being allowed to go on active duty again in Afghanistan, Kirk was required to sign a statement acknowledging he knew to avoid all political work.

"Commander Kirk was counseled about each of his violations after they occurred and signed a statement acknowledging the limitations on his ability to participate in campaign activities while on active duty. He was required to complete this acknowledgment before being allowed to begin active duty in December 2009," the Pentagon said.

This wouldn't necessarily count as one of Mark Kirk's (R-Ill.) misstatements of fact, except his campaign issued a very specific statement last week, insisting, "The fact is, Congressman Kirk never violated Defense Department policies." According to the Pentagon, that's not true.

And unless I'm missing any, I think that brings us to a new, even total: Kirk (1) falsely claimed he served "in" Operation Iraqi Freedom; (2) falsely claimed to "command the war room in the Pentagon"; (3) falsely claimed to have won the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award; (4) falsely claimed to have been shot at by the Iraqi Air Defense network; (5) falsely claimed to be a veteran of Desert Storm; (6) falsely claimed to be the only lawmaker to serve during Operation Iraqi Freedom; (7) falsely claimed to have been shot at in Kosovo; (8) falsely claimed to have been shot at in Kandahar; (9) falsely claimed to have been repeatedly "deployed" to Afghanistan; and (10) falsely claimed not to have violated Defense Department rules on mingling politics with his military service.

At this point, perhaps Kirk's Senate campaign should start listing the military-related claims the candidate has made that aren't false.

Steve Benen 11:25 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (11)

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At least it was "Commander Kirk" rather than "Captain Kirk."

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on June 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

Time for Letterman to do his magic...

Posted by: stevio on June 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Next thing you know, he'll be claiming that his full name is Mark Tiberius Kirk. And when asked to name his favorite film festival, yelling, "CAAAANNNESSS!!"

Posted by: navamske on June 16, 2010 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Actually I am a little surprised he is allowed to even hold office while on duty. As a federal employee I was not allowed to run or hold a partisan political office and I am pretty sure most local and state employees are also forbidden to do so. I have known a teacher or two fired or warned they'd be fired for running for some low level office even if that office was part time or unpaid. Even if a Reserve Officer is part time, it seems that when on duty an officer in political office is both a member of the military AND an elected official. This blurs a line between civilian and military leadership in an unhealthy direction.

I'm sure I am missing something here. But I'm not sure what it is. Help me out.

Posted by: adolphus on June 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

>>At this point, perhaps Kirk's Senate campaign should start listing the military-related claims the candidate has made that aren't false.

Or better yet, the short list of false claims he hasn't yet made.

Posted by: Spike on June 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Let's see he needs at least 20 more to be seriously considered a legitimate 2012 Republican presidential candidate.

Posted by: John Henry on June 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

-This is what happens when moms buy their sons Superman pajamas. . .

Posted by: DAY on June 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

I think Plain may have found a running mate.

Posted by: ScottW714 on June 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

In all fairness, Kirk didn't violate Starfleet General Order 7 prohibiting unauthorized passage to Talos IV. That was Spock's doing!

Posted by: Brock on June 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

adolphus you must be wrong. Think Beau Biden who was Delaware AG (or was it Sec of State) and actually deployed with the Reserves or the Guard. He was going to run for his dad's senate seat and I don't remember anyone squawking about that.

Posted by: markg8 on June 16, 2010 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

adolphus' and markg8:

As Mr. Kirk serves in the Naval Reserves (for the present, at least), he is considered a civilian who is classified as an "active duty" member of the military only during his training weekends and annual two-week period of service. During those training periods, all Naval Rules and Regulations, as well as any other pertinant DoD regulations apply.
Among those "rules and regulations" are those that forbid military members, regardless of rank, in actively participating in politics as MILITARY PERSONNEL. Voting is encouraged and attending political rallies is also permitted. The latter, however, is allowed only while in civilian clothes. The use of one's military rank for a political endorsement is not allowed, either.
These regulations regarding political activity apply to ALL active duty military personnel and thus also apply to those civilians who serve in the Reserves or National Guard when those members are considered "active duty"; ie, during their monthly training week-end and their yearly two-week stint. Apparently, Mr. Kirk can't seem to get THAT regulation into his head.
Although, considering the tenor of his falsehoods about his service, that's not surprising; his ego is obviously taking up a lot of space...

Posted by: Doug on June 16, 2010 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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