Current Connecticut Attorney General (and current senatorial candidate), Richard Blumenthal, has more to worry about than Beer Pong for the Wii and the way the ESRB classifies alcohol use in videogames this morning. According to a New York Times story, Blumenthal has been lying about his service in Vietnam. "Lying" is a strong term for a politician to face, and though he has acknowledged in the past that he didn’t actually serve in Vietnam, he certainly has never gone out of his way to correct the record; in many speaking engagements across the state of Connecticut and in front of Veterans groups, he has gone as far as he could to give the impression that he was in fact a Vietnam veteran. He also never corrected the record on being on the Harvard swim team, a widely circulated biographical note that turns out to be false as well.
The New York Times report, which World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder and Republican senatorial candidate Linda McMahon is taking credit for, also reveals that Richard Blumenthal had as many as 5 deferments to avoid having to serve in Vietnam. Instead he served with a unit that did drills, helped with the Toys of Tots program and did a myriad of activities that didn’t involve actual combat.
It will be interesting to see if he survives this scandal. Richard Blumenthal was running to replace Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, who is retiring at the end of this year.