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Another politician running for the Senate has lied for years about his military record.
Republican Mark Kirk, running for President Barack Obama’s old Senate set in Illinois, claimed for years that he won the U.S. Navy’s intelligence officer of the year while serving in the reserves.
But Kirk never won the award. His unit won an award but not him personally.
Kirk’s lie comes in the wake of revelations that Democratic Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam when his military service consisted primarily of working Toys for Tots drives in Washington.
Amazingly, some vets seem willing to overlook Kirk’s lie.
“It’s not right, but I don’t hold that in the disregard I would as someone claiming they served in Vietnam when they didn’t or won the Purple Heart when they didn’t,” says Jules Spindler, commander of the Illinois chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Lyle Gaddis, a 76-year-old Korean War vet, tells the Associated Press he is “disappointed” but probably will still vote for Kirk.
“It seems to me like if you see a politician who is actually telling the truth these days, you wonder where he came from,” Gaddis said.