Sunday, November 2, 2014

Veterans as candidates

Not for a long time has being a veteran been considered such a potent credential in American political campaigns. As a result, it's not surprising that candidates who are veterans may be tempted to campaign on their service only to find themselves being faulted for campaign literature that runs afoul of Defense Department regulations on political advertising that prominently shows the candidate in uniform. The issue has now been raised in the case of James R. Redford, a GOP candidate for Michigan Supreme Court who retired as a captain the the Navy JAG Corps. Details here. So far there is no indication that he or any other candidate has heard from the Pentagon about whether disciplinary action might be taken.

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