The Montana National Guard disputes Congressman Steve Daines' latest swiftboat attacks against Iraq War veteran John Walsh, saying the Congressman's TV ad does "not ring true."
Montana's largest newspaper reports today:
"Montana National Guard spokesman Maj. Tim Crowe disputed Neely's account Wednesday, saying she was not qualified for the intelligence-operations position she sought -- but that Guard officials considered her a "valued member' of the Guard and were disappointed that she left."
The National Guard's facts were reported alongside new statements from former retired Sergeant Kelly Cogley Gallinger, who served with Walsh when he led the Montana National Guard and is featured in a new ad highlighting Walsh's leadership and zero-tolerance for misconduct.
Gallinger said the Daines' attack is "patently false," and called Walsh "one of the good guys" who opposed discrimination of any kind. Walsh invited Daines to meet to discuss Walsh's 33-year military record -- which the congressman has repeatedly and purposefully misrepresented to Montanans in a series of personal and false swiftboat attacks.
In a letter to Daines, Walsh wrote ""Your ads reflect either a fundamental misunderstanding of military service and leadership, or are a deliberate effort to deceive voters." In January, Walsh made public all of the near 400-pages of his military record. Daines, who never served in the military and has failed to release his own records from his work to create jobs in China, has not responded to Walsh's invitation.
Walsh Warriors, the group of veterans committed to fighting back against swiftboat attacks from Daines and his special interest friends, have criticized the ad, including former Senator and Veterans Affairs Administrator, Max Cleland. "Congressman Daines isn't just attacking a decorated solider who risked his life for our country, he's also attacking the Montana National Guard," said Gallinger. "He continues to misrepresent the facts for his own political gain -- he should be ashamed." -