When we found that VFW-PAC had endorsed the OPPONENT of Ilario Pantano, Mike McIntyre, we were puzzled, and decided to send our members a message urging them to contact VFW-PAC and urge them to correct the poor decision.
Pantano is a veteran, he served in Iraq, he is a member of VFW. McIntyre, who never served, could not be a member of VFW. Shouldn’t groups like the NRA and VFW give preference to endorsing it’s own members wherever possible?
Furthermore, while it is understandable that a PAC might lean towards endorsing incumbents, because incumbents usually have an institutional advantage over challengers, I would NEVER expect the VFW-PAC to endorse an anti-military, anti-war incumbent who voted against the surge, wants to close GITMO and wants to give the terrorists constitutional rights OVER someone who DID serve, DID fight in the war in Iraq, and obviously supports his fellow troops, and especially supports their missions in defeating America’s enemies.
And yet that’s what VFW-PAC has done in North Carolina, and now we find, several other states.
Over at BLACKFIVE, Mr.Wolf, is as befuddled by VFW-PAC’s confusing behavior as I am. He writes:
| “Last night, we received an interesting email from Bev Perlson, who heads the Band of Mothers group. She’s got an awesome email list that is good for keeping up on what’s going on around the country.
What was so disturbing was the email listed someone we all know- LTC(r) Allen West, and how the VFW, of all people, THE VEE-EFF-FRICKING-W,
As you may recall, when I returned from Iraq one of the first things I did was join VFW and Legion as ‘life members’. Now, it seems, the time has come to rip, burn, and toss my Lifetime Membership for the VFW. I feel like they have completely left us at the station here…..It appears they don’t give a RATS ASS who supports vets or who WAS a vet.”
VFW-PAC is at odds with MAFPAC. In a majority of key races, they have endorsed OUR OPPONENTS! VFW continues to support candidates who were against the surge, who are anti-military, or who did not serve, in races where they could have supported candidates who DO have military experience, did serve, and supported our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ilario Pantano (NC-7) – VFW-PAC Endorsed Anti-Surge Mike McIntyre! They could have supported a Marine!
Joe Miller (AK-Senate) – VFW-PAC did not endorse Army veteran Joe Miller
Chris Gibson (NY-20) – VFW-PAC Endorsed Scott Murphy who called Military/ROTC RACIST! Chris Gibson is a Colonel in the US Army
Kelly Ayotte (NH-Senate) – VFW-PAC did not endorse either candidate
Michael Grimm (NY-13) - VFW-PAC Endorsed Mike McMahon NOT A VET! They could have supported a Marine!
Scott Rigell (VA-2) – VFW-PAC Endorsed Glenn Nye NOT A VET. They could have supported a Marine!
Mark Kirk (Il-Senate) – VFW-PAC Endorsed Navy Reservices Mark Kirk – they got one right!
Morgan Griffith (VA-9) – VFW-PAC Endorsed Fred Boucher who was AGAINST the Surge!