Kerry Sues Bush
Kerry takes legal action against Vietnam critics (YahooNews – AFP)
Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry’s campaign formally alleged that a group attacking his Vietnam war record had illegal ties to US President George W. Bush’s reelection bid. In a statement released to reporters, Kerry’s campaign announced it had “filed a legal complaint against Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) before the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for violating the law with inaccurate ads that are illegally coordinated with the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.”
The move by the Kerry campaign came shortly after the Swift Boat group released a second ad attacking the Democratic presidential candidate, who was wounded three times while serving on a Swift Boat in Vietnam and decorated twice for valor. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have accused Kerry of lying about one of the wounds he suffered and of embellishing his acts of heroism during his four months in Vietnam, charges strongly rejected by the senator from Massachusetts.
Kerry on Thursday accused the Bush administration of using the Swift Boat veterans as a front group to do the “dirty work” of attacking his Vietnam War record. The New York Times on Friday reported that there is a “web of connections” between the Swift Boat group and the “Bush family, high-profile Texas political figures and President Bush’s chief political aide, Karl Rove.”
I can’t decide whether this move is bold or stupid. On the one hand, it seems incredibly desperate. On the other, it forces the Bush campaign to devote resources trying to prove a negative.
See also Kerry files FEC complaint against critical veterans group (CNN)
For background on this story, see Kerry Camp Calls for Censorship.