Alan Grayson Gets The Liar Of The Week Award
Florida Democrat Alan Grayson has spent most of his first term in Congress making a name for himself as a bombastic, bomb throwing opponent of everything Republican. During the health care reform debate, for example, he said that the GOP health care plan consisted of two points:
That speech, along with Grayson’s frequent appearances on MSNBC bashing the GOP and Fox News have made him a target of the right this year, and he’s facing a strong challenge from Florida legislator Daniel Webster, which has led to Grayson releasing this ad about Webster’s Vietnam-era college years:
It’s really a quite shocking ad, when you watch it. Essentially Grayson, who has never served a day in uniform himself, is accusing Webster of being a draft dodger. And, as Factcheck.org says, that’s just a blatant lie:
Records show that Webster was deferred from military service five times due to academic study from 1967 to 1970 (once in high school and four times while he was in college at the Georgia Institute of Technology). Once he completed his undergraduate degree, he was given the classification 1-A (which means he was available for military service) and was asked to report for a physical examination. The documentation shows that on the date of his physical, July 26, 1971, Webster was rejected and given the classification of 1-Y, which means that he was “qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency.”
But according to the documents, the 1-Y classification was abolished just months later, on December 10, 1971. Local boards were ordered to reclassify all 1-Y registrants. Webster was reclassified on May 16, 1972, as 4-F, or “not qualified for military service.”
So Webster was given deferments from the military in order to complete high school and college — common during the Vietnam War — then upon graduation reported for service and was ultimately disqualified because he failed the physical examination.
Factcheck describes the ad as the nastiest they’ve seen so far this election cycle. Honestly, could it get any worse ?