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Green Beret claim threatens David Oh campaign
By Bob Warner, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council candidate David Oh is struggling with allegations that he embellished his military record, threatening his campaign in a race in which he was considered a front-runner just a week ago.
The Philadelphia Daily News reported Friday that Oh’s former commanding officer disputed Oh’s claim that he had been an officer in an Army Special Forces unit and was a former Green Beret.
Oh immediately contested the story, promising “an official response” within days. But the controversy has festered for nearly a week without an official statement.
Oh, who admits having misleading references on his campaign website, called The Inquirer on Tuesday to read a statement in which he apologizes to the public and the Green Berets “for any confusion or misimpression I created.” He offered to return campaign contributions to anyone wanting money back.
But before finishing the statement, he said it still needed changes and promised to call back with a final version. On Wednesday, he failed to return repeated calls.
Sadly, Mr Oh is a Republican.
But it ought to be a lesson to anyone seeking public office: if you have exaggerated or outright lied on your résumé or campaign literature or website, it will be discovered. It might take a while, and, in Mr Oh’s case, he has made the claim that he was a Special Forces officer in campaigns since 2003.
The Philadelphia Daily News has the story of Mr Oh’s lame apology. If he has any sense of honor left, he’ll drop out of the campaign, immediately.
Mr Oh is simply the latest in a series of politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, who have created false personae for their campaigns and their times in office which are simply dishonest. It seems like most of the time, it’s sexual foibles, such as good, honest, married Republicans trolling for same-sex “fun,” or crusading Democratic prosecutors busting prostitutes, and then getting caught with expensive call girls. Was it really worth it for former Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to send e-mail pictures of his little weiner to strange women over the internet? Was it really worth it for former Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) to be taking a “wide stance” in a public restroom?
This stuff just doesn’t stay secret. Nobody can control everything, and when you are a politician, there are always people who won’t like you and who will look for the lies.
And some of them are very open about it. One guy in Texas, a Ron Paul supporter, placed this ad in the Austin Chronicle. (Hat tip to ALa, who has a “Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry” poll on her site.) Well, at least he’s honest about what he’s trying to do, trying to find some disqualifying information on Governor Perry. (The ad sponsor, Robert Morrow, would really be happy if he found evidence that Mr Perry has had sex with a man.)
Governor Perry has been through such accusations before, but no evidence has ever surfaced; he’s got to know that if he has been dipping the nib in the wrong inkwell, it’s going to come out.
Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC), then running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, thought that he could get away with having an affair, knowing that the professional media wouldn’t check, because they cover for liberal Democrats, but it still came out, thanks to The National Enquirer. Republican candidates can’t count on the professional media’s bias for Democrats giving them any cover, so they had better make sure they are staying on the straight (pun intended) and narrow.
And, for the record, I have never had sex with Rick Perry.