VFW at war over some of its PAC's endorsements

NewNM - In New Mexico the VFW PAC endorsed Harry Teague over Steve Pearce. The story below talks of the anger of the rank and file over selecting people who never served over people who served in combat.

From the Washington Times - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee refused to rescind its candidate endorsements Wednesday, despite outrage from some veterans that its picks failed to represent the VFW's 1.5 million members. VFW officials said hundreds of members have contacted the organization's national headquarters in recent days to complain about the endorsements by the PAC, which operates separately from the veterans group. The protests particularly were heated regarding two Democratic endorsements: Sen. Barbara Boxer over Republican Carly Fiorina in California, and Rep. Ron Klein over Republican and Iraq war veteran Allen West in Florida. The fervor spurred a Tuesday letter by VFW Commander in Chief Richard L. Eubank and two vice commanders asking the PAC to withdraw all endorsements for the Nov. 2 congressional elections because the situation was having a "detrimental impact on the organization." "Our recent endorsement process unintentionally provided favoritism to the incumbents," the letter said. "It is now evident it was unfairly skewed and actually subverted that process." Member fervor has been fanned by Web blogs oriented to veterans, some of which have taken issue with the PAC's position of endorsing some candidates without military service over candidates who have served. Read more



Anonymous said...

I am a Vietnam Veteran and a life member of the VFW. I in no way endorse Harry Teague in the upcoming election. The so called PAC does not speak for me and a lot of other veterans in New Mexico. I strongly support Steve Pearce and will be voting for him.

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