Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement Article Portrays Vets' Orgs Inaccurately

 Ken McClellan reacts to an article on the Middletown Patch Blog originally titled "Connecticut Senate Race: Middletown Vets Praise Chris Murphy's Record." The title was subsequently amended. McClellan himself is a veteran and also chairman of the Middletown Republican Town Committee

Some may read this article and get the impression that veterans' organizations have endorsed Chris Murphy. This is not accurate. While individual members of the Democratic Town Committee may have served in the Armed Forces, and they may support Chris Murphy, but you should not give the impression that veterans' organizations are endorsing or supporting any candidate. Veterans' organizations, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans do not support or endorse any candidates for any elected office, and support by individuals who may belong to one of those organizations should not be attributed to 'Veterans'. In fact, the gentleman wearing the American Legion cap in the photo is violating Legion policy by doing so at a partisan political event.
I would appreciate it if you would change the headline, and not give the impression that military veterans as a group are supporting a candidate for elected office.

Ken McClellan
Council of Veterans of Middletown

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