Mon 25 Jul 2005
On her recent appearance on the Speaking Frankly radio show Jean Schmidt stated that Eric Minamyer was advising her campaign. Given Mr. Minamyer’s recent habit of indirectly questioning Paul Hackett’s service in Iraq this site must ask the question does Eric Minamyer speak for the Schmidt campaign?
I understand that Hackett did not participate in combat at all. It is still dangerous over there as I can personally attest. Let’s just not act as though we led marines in combat if we did not, okay…
I have asked the question time and again, what role did he actually play?
Given all the opportunities he has had to say “I served in combat” one fair conclusion is that he did not.
Did Mr. Minamyer really ask the question to Paul Hackett? Somehow I doubt that he’s talked to anyone on the Hackett campaign on this issue since if he did he would have heard some very interesting things. When I called last night I talked to someone working on the campaign who had actually served with Hackett in Iraq. He told an interesting story of them almost being killed on a trip to Baghdad. To get further clarification I asked Hackett’s campaign manager about Hackett combat ribbons:
I am not a military guy, but from what I understand he is slated to receive at least 2, but has not been sent them yet.
He does not want to tout his military ribbons for the campaign.
CCW on her blog has this to say about Mr. Minamyer’s comments on Mr. Hackett:
Every attack he makes feels like a slap in the face to those who have friends and family in Iraq. I’m sure that was not his intent, but belittling a service members’ function, seems an attempt to downplay the seriousness of the events in Iraq. My brother-in-law spent a little more than a year in Iraq. He was part of a public affairs unit. Public affairs is also considered a non-combat role and my brother’s unit was in a “secure” area. Did this keep them out of danger? Of course not. Did this keep us from worrying day and night about his safety? Absolutely not. I know with 100% certainty that my brother would have been safer sitting in his living room than being anywhere in Iraq.
Let’s get down to brass tacks: Mr. Minamyer’s attacks on Paul Hackett’s service to our country are nothing more than disgusting partisan attempt to score points against someone who risked his life to follow the orders of our President. Emphasis on OUR President Mr. Minamyer. This site for one would advise the Schmidt campaign to tighten the leash of their advisor Eric Minamyer. He’s not doing her campaign any good by peddling this swill.
As for you, Mr. Minamyer: if you have any questions for Paul Hackett about his service, I suggest that you ask him to his face. He’s easy enough to find these days.