U.S. Sen. John McCain yesterday went on a tirade in defense of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," wrongly arguing that the U.S. military does not investigate whether service members are homosexual in order to kick them out of the service.
McCain got into a heated exchange during a news conference, adamantly repeating that the military does not "seek out" the sexual orientation of service members. However, in March McCain heard testimony from Air Force Maj. Mike Almy, who was kicked out of the service in 2005 after the military searched his private e-mails and discovered an exchange between him and the man he loved. Almy was not asked about his sexual orientation. Almy did not tell anyone about his sexual orientation. He was purged in a witch hunt.
McCain ignored the fact that in March he was in the Senate hearing room when Almy told his story.
"John McCain's argument simply falls apart on the facts," said Bill Romjue, campaign manager for Rodney Glassman's U.S. Senate bid against McCain. "If the military never investigated, how would anyone ever be drummed out of the service? McCain is just playing a sad political game to satisfy the special interests on the Far Right, and all the while he's ignoring Arizona. Or maybe he just forgot."
Meanwhile, McCain has led filibuster against the Defense Authorization Bill, which includes a provision which would finally eliminate from the military the institutionalized homophobia that McCain supports. But he and his fellow Republicans wouldn't even let that amendment come to the floor for a vote.
Glassman stands with more than 70 percent of Americans and on the right side of history in pledging to vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." He's also more than willing to listen to more than one side of an issue. Politely.
"John McCain isn't only standing in the way of progress, he's standing in the way of provisioning our troops, and that is unacceptable," Glassman said. "The senator should have reviewed the facts before attacking journalists for asking legitimate questions and should apologize to the reporter and Maj. Almy. Arizona needs a U.S. senator who will serve our state and listen to all points of view with the dignity and grace the office commands."