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.
Council of Veterans of Middletown
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Letter to the Editor: Endorsement Article Portrays Vets' Orgs Inaccurately
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