Well - Sestak is having a hissy fit over the ad - and responding lamely.
In response to the ad, Mr. Sestak said in a phone interview on Tuesday, “I was given a tough job in the Navy,” and was assigned to challenge the establishment.Take a number shipmate. Here are the facts.
As we covered here almost five years ago, the first day on the job you were fired by the Chief of Naval Operations (now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen) for being a tool and a retention issue.
A source within the Navy Department said there were no allegations of misconduct on the part of Sestak. Rather, he said, the move is being made because of poor command climate.Being that Sestak won't talk about it more - he is using proxies.
Former Skippy-san Battle Buddy and CNO Clark (who I might add was a founding member of the Food Trough) has decided to throw a little love at Joe - I guess he wants some more paying gigs, ego strokes, and good will for his clients.
In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer this month, Admiral Clark defended the work of Mr. Sestak, who was described as his protégé: “He did what I asked him to do; I wanted straight talk, and this put him in the cross hairs,” Admiral Clark told the newspaper. “People are going to say what they want to say, but he challenged people who did not want to be challenged. The guy is courageous, a patriot’s patriot.”That has nothing to do with the topic at hand Vern - pathetic - almost as pathetic as the Borg recruiting drive.
Sestak's campaign sought to rally veterans to defend him by recalling how the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth tried to discredit Democrat John Kerry's service in a Navy patrol vessel in Vietnam during Kerry's 2004 presidential race against George W. Bush.Yes - let's validate every stereotype of the mindless, easily led, incapable of independent thought vet. Pardon me if I don't take a glass of your kool-aid - click the Sestak link to get the history from here.
About two dozen veterans gathered Wednesday in an American Legion Hall in Clifton Heights to rebuke Specter and demand that he stop running the ad.
"We're all here because we're enraged at the fact that someone, anyone in the United States today, would question someone with 31 years of service," said Robert E. Kelly, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who flew 119 combat missions in Vietnam.
"We ought to get our act together in this country and recognize that the people who are serving today, who served yesterday, and will serve tomorrow deserve our respect," Kelly said.
"It's not as flagrant. It's more subtle," Tom Clay, 61, a Vietnam veteran and former Army helicopter door-gunner from Media, said about Specter's ad. "But it's there. A veteran should not attack another veteran's record."
Mike Hall, commander of the Clifton Heights post, agreed. "Vets don't go against other vets like that. It's a brotherhood."
UPDATE: ....and yes, we can mark another Salamander Front Porch victory. After years where the only place that regularly discussed Sestak's false pimping of his "Retired former VADM" status - the mainstream media is not properly referring to him as a Retired RADM.