Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Several Vietnam veterans are calling for an assistant district attorney to resign after questions were raised about his statement in a recent ad criticizing Democrat John Kerry's military service.
Alfred French of the Clackamas County district attorney's office appears in the ad sponsored by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. In the spot, French says: "I served with John Kerry. ... He is lying about his record."
Before recording the ad, French signed an affidavit that said: "I am able to swear, as I do hereby swear, that all facts and statements contained in this affidavit are true and correct and within my personal knowledge and belief."
It goes on to say that "Kerry has wildly exaggerated and lied about his record in Vietnam" and that he received his Purple Heart medals "in the absence of hostile fire."
District Attorney John Foote released a statement Monday chiding French for bringing unwanted publicity to the suburban county's office, but stood by his employee.
"I do not personally share the opinions expressed by our prosecutor," Foote wrote. "However, all of our employees have the right to their own opinions on these subjects and to express their opinions on their own time."
OK. The stupid bastard is in trouble not for being a stupid bastard, not for having a completely indefesible position, and not for having a moronic opinion, rather he's in hot water because HE LIED on an affidavit and is a PROSECUTOR who is suppossed to uphold the law.
Um, do you think he could get fired like the graphic designer who protested at a Dear Leader worshipfest? Or how about like one of these educators who actually had their students think about the dumbass war we were thinking about getting into before we got into it?