* Here’s Republican state Senate candidate Sam McCann in the July 11, 2010 edition of the State Journal-Register…
“I didn’t say I was a veteran. I said I was a member of the Marine Corps. … If the Marine Corps doesn’t call that being a member of it, I apologize for making a misstatement. But I signed a contract, took an oath of office.” […]
McCann also said earlier that he wasn’t sure technically what type of discharge he received, but said he has called it “honorable” because he knows it was not dishonorable.
Late in the week, McCann said he no longer has the discharge paper he got when his dream of being a Marine lifer was quashed, but he’s asked the military for another copy. He said he’s waiting for it to arrive.
* September 26, 2010 edition of the SJ-R…
McCann previously promised to try to get a copy of his exact discharge papers, but said this week he has not received them.
He’s clearly touchy about the subject.
“Why is it that the president doesn’t have to display his birth certificate?” McCann said when asked about his discharge papers. The comment echoed the claims of “birthers” who think, despite overwhelming evidence, that President BARACK OBAMA isn’t a U.S. citizen.
When I asked McCann if he believes the president isn’t a citizen, he responded, “No, I didn’t say that.”
* October 14, 2010 edition of the SJ-R…
His campaign literature also said he received an honorable discharge, although McCann later said he wasn’t sure what type of discharge he received. He hasn’t yet secured a document to illuminate that point.
* Today’s SJ-R…
Aaron DeGroot, Benton’s spokesman, said he sent an information request to the National Personnel Records Center, asking about a “William Samuel McCann.”
“We have been unsuccessful in identifying a military service record for the above-named individual,” said the Jan. 19 response from an archives technician. “This does not mean the subject did not have military service, only that we are unable to identify a record based on the limited information you have provided.” […]
Neither McCann nor his campaign consultant, Glenn Hodas, responded to messages Tuesday about the military records issue. […]
McCann, DeGroot said, “has had six years to produce documentation to prove his version of events, and he has not done so.”
All emphasis added.
*** UPDATE *** Bernie has added a statement in an update. Here’s the relevant part…
“I was never a veteran, so there are no discharge papers.”
And, yet, he said he had them and lost them and said repeatedly that he was trying to get them for months in 2010.
Good candidates get in front of this stuff. Not so good candidates allow themselves to be run over by this stuff.