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Tea Bagger Joe Walsh Accuses Tammy Duckworth, Double Amputee, Of Not Being A 'True Hero'. Disgusting?

joseph digristina 2012/07/04 03:07:14
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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) on Sunday accused
his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth -- a double-amputee veteran of
the Iraq War -- of not being a "true hero" because she made her military
service central to her campaign.



After calling Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) a "noble hero" for
downplaying his military experience during a 2008 presidential bid,
Walsh shifted gears to Duckworth at an Elk Grove, Ill., town hall.



Duckworth lost both her legs after Iraqi insurgents hit her
helicopter with a rocket propelled grenade in 2004. She is now
challenging incumbent Walsh in Illinois' re-drawn 8th Congressional
district.



"Now I'm running against a woman who, my God, that's all she talks about," said Walsh, a Tea Party freshman. "Our true heroes, it's the last thing in the world they talk about."



Sunday's event was not the first time Walsh mocked Duckworth for touting her military record on the campaign trail.



In an interview with Politico's David Catanese in March, Walsh brushed off Duckworth's military credentials and accused of her being "nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat":




“I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed
her body for this country,” said Walsh, simultaneously lowering his
voice as he leaned forward before pausing for dramatic effect. “Ehhh.
Now let’s move on.”

“What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh,” he
continued. “She is nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat.
David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel just picked her up and dropped her into
this district."



The same day the Politico story ran, Walsh told Chicago Magazine that he "meant something other than how it came out" when he was being asked about Duckworth.



Walsh has never served in the military.



UPDATE: Walsh released a statement Tuesday afternoon clarifying his town hall remarks about Duckworth's military record.



“Of course Tammy Duckworth is a hero. I have called her a
hero 100’s of times in the past four months. Just like every man and
woman who has worn the uniform, her service demands -- demands -- our
utmost respect. That’s why I recognize our veterans at the beginning of
every one of my public town halls. However, unlike most veterans I have
had the honor to meet since my election to Congress, who rarely if ever
talk about their service or the combat they’ve seen, that is darn near
all of what Tammy Duckworth talks about. Her service demands our thanks
and our respect but not our vote. She is running for Congress -- and
there are real problems in this country like our massive debt, high
unemployment and the Obamacare tax. We are about four months from
Election Day and the people of Illinois have no idea where Tammy
Duckworth stands on these issues because she dodges debate requests,
ignores our invitations to speak at town halls, refuses to talk about
solutions and constantly reminds voters of her war service. Our thoughts
and prayers will always be with her for her service and her loss but
these are serious times and the people of Illinois deserve to know what
she thinks about real issues and what she will do as a Congresswoman."
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  • luvguins 2012/07/04 06:40:28
    Disgusting as they come.
    luvguins
    +6
    Walsh is a prick and a douche bag who never served his country, and isn't serving his Illinois constituents in Congress now. Vets should be outraged by his swift boat attack on a brave woman whose helicopter was shot down by a RPG in 2004 in Iraq leaving her a double leg amputee.

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  • Razoreye001 2012/07/09 00:25:54
    Disgusting as they come.
    Razoreye001
    +1
    This guy is the physical embodyment of everything that is wrong with the current republican party.
  • twocrows 2012/07/04 18:15:13
    All of the above
    twocrows
    +2
    who will do anything to get reelected. this gambit, however, is going to backfire big time.

    attacking any veteran in today's climate is toxic. attacking a double-amputee who lost her legs in war, came home and promptly set out to serve her country AGAIN is suicide.

    may you not RIP, Joe. rather, just slither away on your belly like the snake you are.*

    * apologies to all diamond back rattlers and cobras out there.
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/07/04 13:17:12
    All of the above
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +2
    I have a few choice words for him. Walsh is a desperate,pathetic loser.
  • aneed2know 2012/07/04 09:38:35
    All of the above
    aneed2know
    +3
    Mr. I dont pay my child support but wants to talk about personal responsibility. Oh please i would love to stomp a mud hole in his a$$.
  • joseph ... aneed2know 2012/07/04 11:12:04
  • aneed2know joseph ... 2012/07/05 04:12:40
    aneed2know
    +1
    i hope so
  • joseph ... aneed2know 2012/07/05 20:56:40
  • darthtbone 2012/07/04 09:08:46
    None of the above
    darthtbone
    No more disgusting as when Dems/Libs do the same thing.
  • joseph ... darthtbone 2012/07/04 09:32:01
  • twocrows darthtbone 2012/07/04 18:20:51
    twocrows
    +1
    oh please. pointing the finger without backing up your assertion is SO cheap.
    name names please. cite instances. or stfu.
  • luvguins 2012/07/04 06:40:28
    Disgusting as they come.
    luvguins
    +6
    Walsh is a prick and a douche bag who never served his country, and isn't serving his Illinois constituents in Congress now. Vets should be outraged by his swift boat attack on a brave woman whose helicopter was shot down by a RPG in 2004 in Iraq leaving her a double leg amputee.
  • joseph ... luvguins 2012/07/04 06:51:35
  • luvguins joseph ... 2012/07/04 13:18:32
    luvguins
    +3
    Getting rid of him will be a real cause for celebration. What an A-hole!
    Walsh won a narrow, 291-vote upset in 2011, ousting Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill. After winning, media reports surfaced indicating that he had a number of financial woes, including tax liens, a foreclosure, and over $100,000 in unpaid child support. Walsh’s 8th District has been significantly redrawn for the 2012 election and is considered much more friendly to Democrats than it was previously. Public Policy Polling has said that Walsh “may be the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in the country.”
    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/w...
  • joseph ... luvguins 2012/07/04 13:43:04
  • luvguins joseph ... 2012/07/04 13:56:21
    luvguins
    +1
    Here he is yelling at his own constituents. A screw loose somewhere.


  • joseph ... luvguins 2012/07/04 18:57:24
  • Roger47 2012/07/04 04:34:11
    Disgusting as they come.
    Roger47
    +6
    Desperation smells a lot like skunk. And Joe Walsh stinks to high heaven.
    skunk
  • joseph ... Roger47 2012/07/04 05:55:27
  • joseph digristina 2012/07/04 03:12:34 (edited)
  • Ev Rom 2012/07/04 03:11:03
    Disgusting as they come.
    Ev Rom
    +4
    Dont forget what they did to John Kerry
  • joseph ... Ev Rom 2012/07/04 05:53:58 (edited)
  • Sissy joseph ... 2012/07/04 13:49:23
    Sissy
    +1
    Mostly because Joseph (I believe anyway), that Kerry never went on the offensive. Remember the twit right wing pundit Michelle Malkin? She accused Kerry of shooting himself in the foot to gain the Purple Heart. Foolishly, he never defended that assault believing no one in their right mind would believe it. Unfortunately they did.
  • joseph ... Sissy 2012/07/05 06:22:35
  • Ev Rom joseph ... 2012/07/05 05:04:54
    Ev Rom
    +1
    Well you know they love for people to forget their tactics like when they also said John Kerry could not be president because of his flip flopping, all of sudden they forget that flip flopping according to them is enough to disqualify Mitt Romney.
  • joseph ... Ev Rom 2012/07/05 06:24:59
  • Sissy Ev Rom 2012/07/05 12:44:30
    Sissy
    +1
    Alas, Ev, you HAVE to know by now that its ONLY wrong when its something from the Left. Those perfect, god-fearing, all-knowing Right Wingers NEVER, EVER do anything that isn't perfect, blessed by god or the best for the 450 super rich that now run our country. Go figure.
  • Ev Rom Sissy 2012/07/06 01:44:57
    Ev Rom
    +2
    Amen! LOL

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