What is it with Democrats attacking Republicans’ service to the nation?

Put Alaska First's misleading ad

There’s a disgusting pattern emerging of Democrats attacking Republican candidates’ records of service to the nation. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) recently complained that Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), his general election opponent, has a “sense of entitlement” because of his military service.

“There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military,” Pryor, who never served and is the son of a politician, told NBC News. “I think it’s part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off is that almost as like ‘I served my country, therefore elect me to the Senate.’ That’s not how it works in Arkansas.”

But this sort of attack doesn’t end with Pryor, who is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this year. A group supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) in his quest for reelection recently released an ad in which they attack Dan Sullivan for being born in Ohio and owning a home outside of Alaska.

“Dan Sullivan, born and raised in Ohio, and the recent owner of a home in [a] swanky D.C. suburb,” the narrator says in an ad produced by Put Alaska First. “Documents show that while Sullivan pocketed a Maryland tax credit for residents living there, he was voting in Alaska, claiming to be one of us. Now he wants us to make him our senator.”

“Dan Sullivan, if elected, he won’t just go to Washington, he’ll go home to Washington,” the narrator adds.

The ad was hailed by Matt Canter, deputy executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). “Ohioan Dan Sullivan not only lives in Maryland, he takes residency tax credits there,” he tweeted this week. “That doesn’t play well in AK.”

You know what else doesn’t play well in Alaska? Running a completely misleading ad that ostensibly attacks someone’s service to the nation.

Sullivan moved to Washington in 2002, not long after the 9/11 attacks, to work in an advisory role for the National Security Council and the State Department from 2006 to 2009. During this time, he and his family lived in Bethesda, Maryland, but still maintained their residency in Alaska.

It’s worth noting that Sullivan has served in the U.S. Marine Corps since 1993 and has been recalled to active duty on three separate occasions, the most recent of which was in July 2013, when he was deployed to Afghanistan. He also spent 17 months in working in Africa serving as a strategic advisor to Gen. John Abizaid.

If you’re going to knock a guy for being born and raised in a different state, something over which he had no control, and living in Maryland while serving the nation, why not also bring up the fact that he lived outside the country, too? Oh, wait. It doesn’t fit the wholly misleading narrative that Democrats are trying to create.

Sullivan has been a resident of Alaska since 1997 and served the state in two separate roles, as Attorney General from 2009 to 2010 and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner from 2010 to 2013.

Look, attack a guy over his positions all you want. That’s fair game. But don’t ever attack anyone for living elsewhere when they felt a call to serve their nation. That should be off-limits.

 


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