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05/17/10 It's All Lies: In at least eight newspaper articles published in Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal is described as having served in Vietnam.


You Wont Read This In The Greenwich Time

If You Want To Know What Is Going On With Greenwich Politicians - You Have To Read The Out Of Town Newspapers

Richard Blumenthal Was Never Ever Been Challenged By The Greenwich Time On Any Issue

This One Is Going To Sting Richard Blumenthal Real Bad

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General
Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem:
Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat
now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

The deferments allowed Mr. Blumenthal to complete his studies at
Harvard; pursue a graduate fellowship in England; serve as a special assistant to The Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham; and ultimately take a job in the Nixon White House.

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

Many politicians have faced questions over their decisions during the Vietnam War, and Mr. Blumenthal, who is seeking the seat being vacated by Senator
Christopher J. Dodd, is not alone in staying out of the war.

But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events.

Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue, as in his speech to the group in Norwalk. At other times, he has used more ambiguous language, but the impression left on audiences can be similar.

In an interview on Monday, the attorney general said that he had misspoken about his service during the Norwalk event and might have misspoken on other occasions. “My intention has always been to be completely clear and accurate and straightforward, out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam,” he said.

But an examination of his remarks at the ceremonies shows that he does not volunteer that his service never took him overseas. And he describes the hostile reaction directed at veterans coming back from Vietnam, intimating that he was among them.

In 2003, he addressed a rally in Bridgeport, where about 100 military families gathered to express support for American troops overseas. “
When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “Let us do better by this generation of men and women.”

At a 2008 ceremony in front of the Veterans War Memorial Building in Shelton, he praised the audience for paying tribute to troops fighting abroad, noting that America had not always done so.

I served during the Vietnam era,” he said. “I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse.”

Mr. Blumenthal, 64, is known as a brilliant lawyer who likes to argue cases in court and uses language with power and precision. He is also savvy about the news media and attentive to how he is portrayed in the press.

But the way he speaks about his military service has led to confusion and frequent mischaracterizations of his biography in his home state newspapers. In at least eight newspaper articles published in Connecticut from 2003 to 2009, he is described as having served in Vietnam.

The New Haven Register on July 20, 2006, described him as “a veteran of the Vietnam War,” and on April 6, 2007, said that the attorney general had “served in the
Marines in Vietnam.” On May 26, 2009, The Connecticut Post, a Bridgeport newspaper that is the state’s third-largest daily, described Mr. Blumenthal as “a Vietnam veteran.” The Shelton Weekly reported on May 23, 2008, that Mr. Blumenthal “was met with applause when he spoke about his experience as a Marine sergeant in Vietnam.”

And the idea that he served in Vietnam has become such an accepted part of his public biography that when a national outlet, Slate magazine, produced a
profile of Mr. Blumenthal in 2006, it said he had “enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.”

It does not appear that Mr. Blumenthal ever sought to correct those mistakes.

In the interview, he said he was not certain whether he had seen the stories or whether any steps had been taken to point out the inaccuracies.

“I don’t know if we tried to do so or not,” he said. He added that he “can’t possibly know what is reported in all” the articles that are written about him, given the large number of appearances he makes at military-style events.

He said he had tried to stick to a consistent way of describing his military experience: that he served as a member of the United State Marine Corps Reserve during the Vietnam era.
Asked about the Bridgeport rally, when he told the crowd, “
When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said he did not recall the event.

An aide pointed out that in a different appearance this year, Mr. Blumenthal was forthright about not having gone to war. In a Senate debate in March, he responded to a question about Iran and the use of military force by saying, “Although I did not serve in Vietnam, I have seen firsthand the effects of military action, and no one wants it to be the first resort, nor do we want to mortgage the country’s future with a deficit that is ballooning out of control.”

On a less serious matter, another flattering but untrue description of Mr. Blumenthal’s history has appeared in profiles about him. In two largely favorable profiles, the Slate article and a magazine article in The Hartford Courant in 2004 with which he cooperated,
Mr. Blumenthal is described prominently as having served as captain of the swim team at Harvard. Records at the college show that he was never on the team.

Mr. Blumenthal said he did not provide the information to reporters, was unsure how it got into circulation and was “astonished” when he saw it in print.

Mr. Blumenthal has made veterans’ issues a centerpiece of his public life and his Senate campaign, but even those who have worked closely with him have gotten the misimpression that he served in Vietnam.

In an interview,
Jean Risley, the chairwoman of the Connecticut
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Inc., recalled listening to an emotional Mr. Blumenthal offering remarks at the dedication of the memorial. She remembered him describing the indignities that he and other veterans faced when they returned from Vietnam.

“It was a sad moment,” she recalled. “
He said, ‘When we came back, we were spat on; we couldn’t wear our uniforms.’ It looked like he was sad to me when he said it.”

Ms. Risley later telephoned the reporter to say she had checked into Mr. Blumenthal’s military background and learned that he had not, in fact, served in Vietnam.

The Vietnam chapter in Mr. Blumenthal’s biography has received little attention despite his
nearly three decades in Connecticut politics.

But now, after repeatedly shunning opportunities for higher office, Mr. Blumenthal is the man Democrats nationally are depending on to retain the seat they controlled for 30 years under Mr. Dodd, and he is likely to face more intense scrutiny.

After obtaining Mr. Blumenthal’s Selective Service records through a Freedom of Information Act request, The New York Times asked David Curry, a professor at the
University of Missouri-St. Louis and an expert on the Vietnam draft, to examine them.

Mr. Curry said the records showed that Mr. Blumenthal had received at least five deferments.

Mr. Blumenthal did not dispute that but said he did not know how many deferments he had received.

Mr. Blumenthal grew up in New York City, the son of a successful businessman who ran an import-export company.

As a young man, he attended Riverdale Country School in the Bronx and showed great promise, along with an ability to ingratiate himself with powerful people.

In 1963, he entered Harvard College, where he met
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who served on the faculty there and guided Mr. Blumenthal’s senior thesis on the failure of government poverty programs.

He received two student deferments during his undergraduate years there, the records show.

After graduating from Harvard in 1967, military records show, Mr. Blumenthal obtained another educational deferment and headed to Britain, where he filed stories for The Washington Post and attended Trinity College, Cambridge, on a graduate fellowship.

But in early 1968, President
Lyndon B. Johnson, under pressure over criticism that wealthier young men were avoiding the draft through graduate school, abolished nearly all graduate deferments and sharply increased the number of troops sent to Southeast Asia.

That summer, Mr. Blumenthal’s draft classification changed from 2-S, an educational deferment, to 2-A, an occupational deferment — a rare exemption from military service for men who contended that it was in the “national health, safety and interest” for them to remain in their civilian jobs. At the time, he was working as a special assistant to Ms. Graham, whose son Donald he had befriended at Harvard.

About six months later, following the election of President
Richard M. Nixon, Mr. Blumenthal went to work in the White House as a senior staff assistant to Mr. Moynihan, who was then Nixon’s urban affairs adviser.

But at the end of that year, he became eligible for induction after he drew a low number in a draft lottery held on Dec. 1, 1969. His number was 152, and people with numbers as high as 195 were being drafted in his group, according to the Selective Service.

Two months after the lottery, in February 1970, Mr. Blumenthal obtained a second occupational deferment, according to the records. The status of people with occupational deferments, however, was growing increasingly shaky, with the war raging and the Nixon administration increasingly uncomfortable with them.

In April 1970, Mr. Blumenthal secured a spot in the Marine Corps Reserve, which was regarded as a safe harbor for those who did not want to go to war.

The Reserves were not being activated for Vietnam and were seen as a shelter for young privileged men,” Mr. Curry said.

Mr. Blumenthal landed in the Fourth Civil Affairs Group in Washington, whose members included the well-connected in Washington.

At the time, the unit was not associated with the kind of hardship of traditional fighting units, according to Marine reports from the period and interviews with about a half-dozen men who served in the unit during the Vietnam years.

In the 1970s, for example,
the unit’s members were dispatched to undertake projects like refurbishing tent decks and showers at a campground for underprivileged Washington children, as well as collecting and distributing toys and games as part of regular Toys for Tots drives.

Robert Cole, a retired lieutenant colonel who did active duty overseas in the 1950s and later joined the unit as a reservist, recalled the young men who joined the unit in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

These kids we were getting in — a lot of them were worried about the draft,” he said.

After entering
Yale Law School in the fall of 1970, Mr. Blumenthal transferred to a Marine Reserve unit in New Haven, Company C of the Sixth Motor Transport Battalion, Fourth Marine Division, which conducted occasional military drills, as well as participating in Christmas toy drives for children and recycling programs in neighboring communities, according to the unit’s command reports from the time.

In 1974, Mr. Blumenthal took a position as a law clerk for Justice Harry C. Blackmun of the
United States Supreme Court and transferred back to a Washington unit, where he completed his service.

The Senate race in Connecticut is likely to be a closely watched contest. Democrats were relieved when Mr. Dodd stepped aside this year and believed that Mr. Blumenthal, with his long record and high name recognition, assured them of the seat. He is considered the front-runner in the campaign for the Democratic primary, in August.

But Republicans have a spirited race of their own.
The field includes
Linda McMahon, who along with her husband, Vince, founded the World Wrestling Federation, and Rob Simmons, a Vietnam combat veteran.


MORE:


Blumental Timeline


Assessing Blumenthal's Military Service Records - Interactive
A closer look at Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's military ...


Blumenthal Says He Served in Vietnam - Video Library
Addressing a crowd of veterans and supporters in March 2008, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said that he had served in Vietnam.




UPDATE:


MORE OUT OF TOWN NEWSPAPERS ARE REPORTING

ON GREENWICH RESIDENT RICHARD BLUMENTHAL


Where's The Greenwich Time?





Hartford Courant


"It's become increasingly clear to us over the past weeks and months as
we've researched Mr. Blumenthal in earnest that there are some deeplydisturbing disconnects between the image he's sought to portray and reality,'' says Ed Patru, spokesman for Linda McMahon. "These are questions that will not and cannot be easily answered."


Rob Simmons, who is a Vietnam veteran, said the following: "As someone who served, I respect Dick for wearing the uniform, but I am deeply troubled by allegations that he has misrepresented his service. Too many have sacrificed too much to have their valor stolen in this way. I hope Mr. Blumenthal steps forward and forthrightly addresses the questions that have arisen about this matter."


We'll post reaction from the other candidates as soon as we get it.


UPDATE #2


More Out Of Town

Newspapers Report On

Blumentals Lies


Where Is The Greenwich Time?


Hearst Newspaper President Steven Swartz

Has To Replace Failed Greenwich Time

Editor David McCumber



BY ESTHER ZUCKERMAN


US Senate Candidate and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal LAW '73 is coming under fire after The New York Times reported ...


New York Times: Blumenthal misrepresented Vietnam record - CT Mirror
The New York Times tonight described Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as falsely describing himself on at least two occasions as a Vietnam veteran, ...


BRISTOLTODAY.COM: New York Times: Blumenthal a liar
In a story that can't be good for Richard Blumenthal's U.S. Senate campaign, the New York Times is reporting the Democratic hopeful has repeatedly ...



Newsmax
Chris Dodd lied about serving in Vietnam, The New York Times reported Monday night. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut had made frequent ...


Real Clear Politics – TIME.com - Opinion, News, Analysis, Videos ...
"The New York Times story is an outrageous distortion of Dick Blumenthal's record of service. Unlike many of his peers, Dick Blumenthal voluntarily joined ...



FreeRepublic.com
47 minutes ago - Did attorney general and senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal ever serve in Vietnam? Well, no. But according to The New York Times, Blumenthal is suggesting ...



Huffington Post
New York Times: At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of ...


Report: Blumenthal misled voters - Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com
Blumenthal's repeated suggestions that he served in Vietnam are revealed as ... when the New York Times reported he has misled voters about his military ...


FOXNews.com - Connecticut's Blumenthal Confronted With False ...
Connecticut's Blumenthal Confronted With False Claims of Vietnam War Service. FOXNews.com. The New York Times found the state attorney general received five ...


UPDATE #3




Where Is The Greenwich Time?????


UPDATE #4


Here Comes The Greenwich Time




Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has repeatedly exaggerated his military service in Vietnam in appearances before veterans groups and in other public forums, The New York Times reported in its online editions Monday night. The revelations could create a seismic shift in a U.S. Senate race once virtually ceded to the Greenwich Democrat.


BLUMENTAL JUST CAN'T STOP LYING.....


In an interview with Hearst Connecticut Newspapers Monday night, Blumenthal insisted that he never has misled the public or has mischaracterized his military service, saying that he has been careful to refer to himself as a "Vietnam-era" veteran.


But The Times account reported that in numerous public appearances Blumenthal either has plainly misspoken about the details of his service or has allowed audiences to assume he physically served in Vietnam.


Typical, the paper said, was a 2008 appearance before veterans in Norwalk. At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Blumenthal rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life......


BLUMENTHAL JUST CAN"T STOP LYING .......


Contacted on his cell phone Monday night, Blumenthal said he hadn't read the New York Times story but was aware of its content.


"I can tell you that my intention was to be always clear and straightforward about what my service was," Blumenthal said. "I've always said that I've served in the Marine Corps Reserve during the Vietnam era. If I said anything otherwise on very rare occasions, I may have misspoken."


When asked about various media reports referring to him as a Vietnam veteran over the years and why he didn't attempt to correct the record, Blumenthal said he was "unaware of those articles."


Blumenthal disputed the Times' claim that his military service and public comments don't match up......


....On the contention that he went to great lengths to avoid going to Vietnam, Blumenthal said: "I had student deferments and then occupational deferments for several years and then I enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. That's the story," said Blumenthal, who then said he had to go.....


UPDATE #5


Greenwich Resident

Richard Blumenthal

Just Can't Stop Lying



Washington Post - Susan Haigh


Connecticut Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal is defending himself against a report he misstated his military service in Vietnam.


Blumenthal's campaign called a New York Times report which includes video of him at a 2008 event saying he had served "in Vietnam" an "outrageous distortion" on his record.


Blumenthal says he's always tried to make it clear his Marine Reserve service never took him overseas. The Times reported he got five deferments to avoid going to war between 1965 and 1970. ....



The Atlantic


Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal is denying a New York Times report that he routinely lied about his service in Vietnam."The New York Times story is an outrageous distortion of Dick Blumenthal's record of service," Blumenthal's campaign manager, Mindy Myers, said in a statement.


"Unlike many of his peers, Dick Blumenthal voluntarily joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1970 and served for six months in Parris Island, SC and six years in the reserves. He received no special treatment from anyone."


.....His opponents have pounced on the report, which calls "striking" the "contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans' ceremonies or other patriotic events."


Linda McMahon, a Republican, is claiming that her campaign's research team provided the New York Times with the tip that led to the story.


Blumenthal is -- or was -- the odds-on favorite to win Chris Dodd's seat in Connecticut.....


UPDATE #6


And You Thought

Greenwich Roundup

Had A Nasty Reputation

As A Cruel Dude



Hartford Courant (blog) - Daniela Altimari

Alpert, who is also seeking the Democratic Senate nomination, said the Times revelations are "pretty striking" and fly in the face of Blumenthal's public image.


"As a citizen and as candidate, it's shocking to see someone who has tried to craft this image of themselves as a fighter, as someone who is willing to always step up and tell the truth, to see him lie about serving in Vietnam,'' Alpert said during a brief phone conversation tonight.


"He was a coward to go and get five deferments and he's clearly a liar for standing up for his own political benefit years later...It's disgraceful behavior from someone who is clearly not qualified to serve in the U.S. Senate."


UPDATE #7


And Who Will Be The

Big Winner From

Blumental's Lies

The words were totally sober.

No hint of gloating in the press release Rob Simmons sent out tonight.

Rob Simmons was a special operations specialist who is the one candidate with a special handle on how to deal with foreign policy challenges in the 21st century.


Mere moments after the Times expose hit the web Monday night, the Simmons campaign issued a one-paragraph statement. It read:



“As someone who served, I respect Richard Blumenthal for wearing the uniform, but I am deeply troubled by allegations that he has misrepresented his service. Too many have sacrificed too much to have their valor stolen in this way. I hope Mr. Blumenthal steps forward and forthrightly addresses the questions that have arisen about this matter.”

Linda McMahon’s campaign rushed out an email message to the press, too. It reprinted the Times story in full. It added no other words of its own. It subsequently followed up with a release quoting a blog item crediting the McMahon campaign for digging up the video and providing it to the Times—portraying McMahon not as a soldier (in comparison to Blumenthal) but rather a candidate with “$16 million” to fund “a crack opposition research operation.” McMahon’s team portrayed this as a characterization to be proud of.

The Blumenthal campaign, meanwhile, swung back with an angry denial in a release Monday night and a promise of a press event Tuesday morning.


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Greenwich Resident Richard Blumental plans to stay in the US Senate race despite a New York Times report that he didn't serve in Vietnam as he had claimed in public appearances.

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Duffy Acevedo
Duffy Acevedo
This is a true disgrace to our REAL Vets. He should be ashamed of himself. The Times has found that
he obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to
1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going
to war.
Nancy Quinn Ryan
Nancy Quinn Ryan
Suicide(sp) sorry I'm a stickler for correct spelling.
Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup Dick Blumenthal Was Not The Only One Who Used Deferments To Avoid The Vietnam War.

It is amazing how many war hawks are on this list

Elliott Abrams Government 24-Jan-1948 Asst. Secy. of State involved in Iran-Contra

Lamar Alexander Politician 3-Jul-1940 US Senator from Tennessee

Samuel Alito Judge 1-Apr-1950 US Supreme Court Justice

Wayne Allard Politician 2-Dec-1943 US Senator from Colorado, 1997-2009

George Allen Politician 8-Mar-1952 US Senator from Virginia, 2001-07

John Ashcroft Politician 9-May-1942 US Attorney General, 2001-05
Recipients of draft deferments during the Vietnam War era

Gary Bauer Government 4-May-1946 Family Research Council

Bob Beauprez Politician 22-Sep-1948 Congressman from Colorado, 2003-07

William Bennett Government 31-Jul-1943 Former Drug Czar and gambling man

Don Black Activist 28-Jul-1953 Stormfront.org founder

Michael Bloomberg Politician 14-Feb-1942 Mayor of New York City

Roy Blunt Politician 10-Jan-1950 Congressman, Missouri 7th

Bill Bradley Politician 28-Jul-1943 US Senator from New Jersey, 1979-97

Phil Bredesen Politician 21-Nov-1943 Governor of Tennessee

L. Paul Bremer Government 30-Sep-1941 Director of the Iraq Provisional Authority

George W. Bush Head of State 6-Jul-1946 43rd US President, 2001-09

Saxby Chambliss Politician 10-Nov-1943 US Senator from Georgia

Dick Cheney Politician 30-Jan-1941 Dubya's VP, ex-CEO of Halliburton

Tom Clancy Novelist 12-Apr-1947 The Hunt for Red October

Bill Clinton Head of State 19-Aug-1946 42nd US President, 1993-2001

Norm Coleman Politician 17-Aug-1949 US Senator from Minnesota, 2003-09

Pete Coors Relative 20-Sep-1946 Coors scion

Howard Dean Politician 17-Nov-1948 Chairman of the Democratic Party

Tom DeLay Politician 8-Apr-1947 Indicted ex-House Majority Leader

Mike DeWine Politician 5-Jan-1947 US Senator from Ohio, 1995-2007

Brian J. Donnelly Politician 2-Mar-1946 Congressman from Massachusetts, 1979-93

Roy P. Dyson Politician 15-Nov-1948 Congressman from Maryland, 1981-91

David Eisenhower Author 31-Mar-1948 Camp David namesake

Daniel Ellsberg Government 7-Apr-1931 Pentagon Papers source

Steve Forbes Business 18-Jul-1947 Owner and publisher of Forbes magazine

Al Franken Politician 21-May-1951 US Senator from Minnesota

Bob Franks Politician 21-Sep-1951 Congressman from New Jersey, 1993-2001

Bill Frist Politician 22-Feb-1952 US Senate Majority Leader, 2003-07

Dick Gephardt Politician 31-Jan-1941 Congressman from Missouri, 1977-2005

Newt Gingrich Politician 17-Jun-1943 Speaker of the House, 1995-99

Rudy Giuliani Politician 28-May-1944 Mayor of New York City, 1994-2001

Al Gore Politician 31-Mar-1948 US Vice President under Clinton

Phil Gramm Politician 8-Jul-1942 US Senator from Texas, 1985-2002

Judd Gregg Politician 14-Feb-1947 US Senator from New Hampshire

Robert Hanssen Spy 18-Apr-1944 Russian mole inside the FBI

Dennis Hastert Politician 2-Jan-1942 Speaker of the House, 1999-2006

Roger Hedgecock Politician 2-May-1946 Mayor of San Diego, 1983-85

Brit Hume Journalist 22-Jun-1943 Fox News DC correspondent

Ted Kaczynski Criminal 22-May-1942 The Unabomber

Bob Kerrey Politician 27-Aug-1943 Governor and Senator from Nebraska

Alan Keyes Radio Personality 7-Aug-1950 Illinois carpetbagger

Bruce Kovner Activist Feb-1945 Caxton Associates billionaire

Dennis Kucinich Politician 8-Oct-1946 Congressman, Ohio 10th

Ken Lay Business 15-Apr-1942 5-Jul-2006 CEO of Enron, 1986-2002

Ron Lewis Politician 14-Sep-1946 Congressman from Kentucky, 1994-2009

Lewis Libby Government 22-Aug-1950 Cheney's former Chief of Staff

Joseph Lieberman Politician 24-Feb-1942 US Senator from Connecticut

Rush Limbaugh Radio Personality 12-Jan-1951 Conservative talk show host

Trent Lott Politician 9-Oct-1941 US Senator from Mississippi, 1989-2007

Dan Lungren Politician 22-Sep-1946 Congressman, California 3rd

Jim Marshall Politician 31-Mar-1948 Congressman, Georgia 3rd

Chris Matthews Talk Show Host 17-Dec-1945 Hardball with Chris Matthews

Mitch McConnell Politician 20-Feb-1942 US Senator from Kentucky

Michael Medved Critic Oct-1948 Traditional values pundit, film critic

James C. Miller III Economist 25-Jun-1942 Conservative economist

Dan Moldea Journalist 27-Feb-1950 Muckraker

Ted Nugent Musician 13-Dec-1948 Rock star, bowhunting enthusiast

Bill O'Reilly Talk Show Host 10-Sep-1949 The O'Reilly Factor
P. J. O'Rourke Author 14-Nov-1947 Political satirist

Bill Owens Politician 22-Oct-1950 Governor of Colorado

George Pataki Politician 24-Jun-1945 Governor of New York, 1995-2006

John Perkins Activist 1945 Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Dan Quayle Politician 4-Feb-1947 Vice President under George H.W. Bush

Marc Racicot Politician 24-Jul-1948 Governor of Montana, 1993-2001

Robert Reich Government 24-Jun-1946 US Secretary of Labor, 1993-97

Bill Richardson Politician 15-Nov-1947 Governor of New Mexico

Donald L. Ritter Politician 21-Oct-1940 Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1979-93

Dana Rohrabacher Politician 21-Jun-1947 Congressman, California 46th

Mitt Romney Politician 12-Mar-1947 Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-07

Karl Rove Government 25-Dec-1950 Political Strategist to George W. Bush

Robert Shapiro Attorney 2-Sep-1942 One of OJ Simpson's attorneys

O. J. Simpson Football 9-Jul-1947 Searching tirelessly for the real killers

David Souter Judge 17-Sep-1939 US Supreme Court Justice, 1990-2009

Bruce Springsteen Musician 23-Sep-1949 The Boss

Sylvester Stallone Actor 6-Jul-1946 Rocky, Rambo

Ken Starr Government 21-Jul-1946 Special Prosecutor, Clinton's impeachment

David Stockman Government 10-Nov-1946 Ronald Reagan's chief economist

John Stossel Journalist 6-Mar-1947 Libertarian reporter

Tom Tancredo Politician 20-Dec-1945 Congressman from Colorado, 1999-2009

John B. Taylor Economist 8-Dec-1946 Council of Economic Advisers, 1989-91

Clarence Thomas Judge 23-Jun-1948 US Supreme Court Justice

Garry Trudeau Cartoonist 21-Jul-1948 Doonesbury

Mark Udall Politician 18-Jul-1950 US Senator from Colorado

Douglas A. Warner III Business 9-Jun-1946 CEO of JP Morgan, 1995-2000

Henry Waxman Politician 12-Sep-1939 Congressman, California 30th

Bill Weld Politician 31-Jul-1945 Governor of Massachusetts, 1991-97

Curt Weldon Politician 22-Jul-1947 Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1987-2007

Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup
Dear Nancy,

Thanks for the editing. :)

Nancy Quinn Ryan
Nancy Quinn Ryan
:)..my son is a journalism major @ UConn...I was an English/Education major...it's in the blood :)

Duffy Acevedo
Duffy Acevedo
Not me. Let the record be clear. I was born in Connecticut and graduated from Greenwich High School. I then attended New England College in Great Britain where I met my wife, Stefanie. I then transferred to Harvard University in Cambridge, MA where I majored in business. With working-class parents and a twin brother attending Columbia University, I was financially unable to continue at Harvard and joined the U.S. Army Reserve. While in the Reserve, I served in the elite New Hampshire National Guard Mountain Unit. God Bless America, and our troops!

Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup
My youngest son recently returned from Iraq and is graduating Thursday from NCC. he is the founder and president of the the school's military veteran's club.

http://www.nctc.commnet.edu/publicrelations/thisweek/pdf/13.11.pdf

Tyrone Liu
Tyrone Liu
Thanks to him and all of your family for his service and dedication. :-D

Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup
Dear Mr. Acevedo,

I must admit that I was only slightly aware that you were in the race for Governor until tonight.

After reading a bit I learned that you are looking for volunteers to gather signatures for his petition to get on the ballot for November.


It looks like you need 8300 in total from across the state.

I say not give people another choice and I hope your volunteers can gather up all the signatures you need.

I saw this Hartford Courant profile ....

REPUBLICAN: Christopher Duffy Acevedo

The days of balancing Connecticut's budget using such tactics as accounting tricks, borrowing and delaying payments must end. It is time for a philosophical and systemic change in how our government is structured and functions. And this change must begin on Day One.

I am proposing a number of changes that will provide immediate relief to our current budget situation as well as ensure our state's fiscal health for the years to come. Among my plans are:

1. An immediate freeze on the hiring of new state workers. We will also offer retirement incentive plans to current employees, saving the taxpayers money in the short and long term.

2. Creation of an entirely new benefit system for state workers, which will move those not near retirement into a 401K system and out of the more expensive defined benefits pension plan.

3. A "right-sizing" of state government. There are 220 departments and agencies in our state government. We need to review each agency's function to make government more efficient and cost-effective, and to eliminate the duplication of services.

4. Privatizing certain functions currently delivered by government to private and nonprofit entities.

5. An end to legislators' pet projects on both sides of the aisle.

6. Transferring certain state functions to cities and towns (with corresponding funding), thus eliminating certain elements of state bureaucracy.

Due to limited space these are just a few of my proposals. I promise Connecticut smart, effective government.

These are very interesting ideas.

www.facebook.com/duffy.acevedo

Duffy Acevedo
Duffy Acevedo
Duffy- Please.

Allow me to give a brief introduction:

I am Duffy Acevedo and I am a “true” Republican running for Governor of Connecticut.


I am a husband and a father of three possessing the real family values that have made our Party great.

I am a veteran and a businessman with a common sense approach to government.

As citizens of our great state we cannot sacrifice our core supporters in favor of the good old boy network in Hartford that places money ahead of principles and has abandoned our Party’s true values. If we do this, not only will we not have the open discussion these critical times require, we will certainly lose in November.

I will be at the Convention seeking support and offer a real alternative for our party and real solutions for Connecticut....If not I will, and have been taking our message to the people of this great state. I can promise you this, you will see me on the ballot. I look forward to a heatly debte. We need change-- we need a healthy debate about what is best for our Connecticut!

Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup
Dear Tyrone,

I will tell Gero of your kind words when I see him on Thursday evening.

He and his unit survived three IED attacks and at different times they performed missions such as providing escourts, traing with Iraqi police officers and also providing security for a girl's school in Bagdad.


There is picture my wife has in a frame in the house where Gero is in full military gear as a bunch of Iraqi girls with traditional head coverings all give a thumbs up.

Gero's unit also provided security and drove around an investigative unit from Italy that came to Iraq to review the scene where intelligence officer Nicola Calipari was killed and where Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist for the left-wing Il Manifesto newspaper was wounded.

He has been home a few years and is a Sgt. in an Army reserve unit here in CT.

This year he has been interning with legislators in Hartford.

He now lives in Fairfield.

Tyrone Liu
Tyrone Liu
Check one of my oldest/dearest friend's charity that helps support deployed troops. The HQ is based in the Hartford area, but they have broad support throughout CT, as well as several authorized branch offices in a few other states.

http://www.give2thetroops.org/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Give2TheTroops-Inc/163413816426?ref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Give2TheTroops-Inc/110954262256305

Very Best Wishes...

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Greenwich Roundup Greenwich Resident Richard Blumenthal A Big Fat Liar
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Jake Bellissimo
Jake Bellissimo
wow, that is just pathetic. thanks for sharing
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Andy Melillo
Andy Melillo
This is tremendously disrespectful of Blumenthal to say. There are American troops who are rightfully serving their country, while he politically exploits it. If I were him, I would feel great shame and responsibility for my words, yet he wishes to continue his race.

I think CT should demand a public apology and his resignation from the US Senate race.

If he lies about this, what else has he already lied about?
Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup
It is hard to predict what Connecticut state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will do next, now that he has been caught lying about serving in Vietnam.

The New York Times was too kind when they charitably said, "It does not appear that Mr. Blumenthal ever sought to correct those mistakes" when people (himself included) implied that he was deployed to Vietnamese soil during the conflict.

Blumenthal deserves no charity here.


He is a was born a very privileged and later lied about his military record, while truly brave young men and women shed their blood and die in far off lands.

Blumenthal, for once in his life, ought to to the honorable thing and drop his Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate.

The dirty little secret is that many young men and women who have came home wounded or in a pine box came from poor families and volunteered to put themselves in harms way, so that they could get a chance to go to college and improve their lot in life.

These young men and women were not born with a silver spoon in their mouths like Richard Blumenthal was.

Blumenthal is basically a spoiled rich kid that has been overindulged by his parents.

This over indulgence is characterized by "excessive, self-centered, and immature behavior". It includes lack of consideration for other people, recurrent temper tantrums, an inability to handle the delay of gratification, demands for having one's own way, obstructiveness, and manipulation.

The last thing Richard Blumenthal will do is say."I was totally wrong. I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me."

Right now Blumenthal is thinking., 'Batten down the hatches and ride out the storm as long as you can. Forget the toll it takes on your family! Forget the toll it takes on the effectiveness of your office! Because there's always the chance you'll beat the rap, and people will forget, and no matter how egregious your error, you will retain POWER.'
David Yudain
David Yudain
Blumenthal is a good man. Politicians do what they have to do. I want him on my side in a fight.

Greenwich Roundup
Greenwich Roundup
Dear David,

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will hold a news conference later this morning to discuss how he exaggerated his military service.

Behind the scenes, the Blumenthal campaign will point to the times Blumenthal referred to his service correctly so that they can paint the picture of a candidate who just misspoke about having his boots on the ground in Vietnam..


Bottom line: It's fingernail bitting time time for Blumenthal.

Blumenthal right now is hoping two things:

1) that the reservoir of goodwill he's built up with Connecticut voters is real;

and

2) that the only times he lied about his Vietnam service are those cited by the New York Times.

Any other revelations... and then he is definitely toast?

The next 24 to 48 hours will be critical as to whether Blumenthal survives as his party's U.S. Senate nominee.

The Democratic nominating convention is on Friday.
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