NYT: Blumenthal misstated service record

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retirement of fellow Democrat Christopher Dodd in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. ((AP Photo/Jessica Hill))

May 17, 2010 8:23:27 PM PDT
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal never served in Vietnam, despite statements to the contrary, the New York Times reports. The Times has found that the Democrat who is running for the United States Senate from Connecticut obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war.

Blumenthal is vying for Christopher Dodd's U.S. Senate seat.

According to the times, Blumenthal spoke about serving in Vietnam during a ceremony honoring veterans.

"We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam," Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008.

In an interview with the Times on Monday, the attorney general said that he had misspoken about his service during the Norwalk event and might have misspoken on other occasions.

Blumenthal's Senate Campaign Manager released a statement saying:

"The New York Times story is an outrageous distortion of Dick Blumenthal's record of service. Unlike many of his peers, Dick Blumenthal voluntarily joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1970 and served for six months in Parris Island, SC and six years in the reserves. He received no special treatment from anyone.

Dick has a long record of standing up for veterans. Tomorrow, veterans will be standing up with Dick."

Read the full story at nytimes.com.