No one likes Barbara Boxer. Literally, not one single person likes that woman. Not even her own endorsers.
The news broke last week that the Veterans of Foreign Wars had rescinded the endorsement given by their representative Political Action Committee. Here is a copy of the memo from VFW to their PAC courtesy of blackfive.net:
I have reviewed the Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors’ response to our request to rescind this year’ s Congressional endorsements. I disagree with their assessment.
It is now evident to most of the VFW leadership, both National and especially the departments, that the VFW has been subjected to extreme negative publicity throughout the nation, and the recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’ s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission.
I cannot let this erosion of public support for our great organization continue. The apparent lack of the committee to address these concerns will lead to a proposal by me, as Commander-in-Chief, to amend the by-laws at the 112th National Convention for the purpose of dissolving the PAC. Meanwhile, under the authority granted to me as Commander-in-Chief in section 619 of the VFW National By-Laws and under section 620 of the Manual of Procedure, I am withdrawing all PAC appointments effective October 15, 2010.
Accordingly, I’ m asking the council for a vote of “ no confidence” in the VFW PAC as indicated on the enclosed ballot.
To: National Council of Administration
From: Richard L. Eubank, Commander-in-Chief
Date: October 14, 2010
The VFW was so embarrassed by this endorsement that the Commander-in-Chief actually went as far as to moveto dissolve the PAC completely. This extreme action comes on the heels of attacks by Sen John McCain and other veterans who objected to the initial endorsement of Boxer by the VFW. Carly Fiorina, Boxer’s political adversary, cited Boxer’s poor voting record on defense spending that would have benefited American soldiers:
She voted “against body armor for our troops in Iraq” and “against extended family leave for our troops while they were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Fiorina said the VFW PAC had “lost a great deal of credibility because they’ve demonstrated once again that all they ever do is endorse incumbent politicians.”“There are a great number of veterans who are offended by Boxer’s refusal to support our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Fiorina told reporters Sunday. “There are veterans who are offended by the way she dressed down a general, and there are, unfortunately for the VFW PAC, now a whole lot of veterans who are offended by the decision the VFW PAC has taken.”
Fiorina’s reference to Boxer’s interaction with Army Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh is based on footage of a conversation during the proceedings of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which Boxer chairs. Here is a description of the brief clip:
Boxer has interrupted Walsh after he’s addressed her as ‘Ma’am’: “You know, do me a favor. Could you say ‘Senator’ instead of ‘Ma’am’? It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it,” Boxer says to Walsh.
Well, yes ma’am. Apparently the VFW is feeling that offense quite acutely.
But the VFW is not the only former supporter of Boxer who has withdrawn its endorsement. The VFW’s Ladies’ Auxiliary withdrew all funding for their PAC after the group endorsed Boxer.
Seriously. No one likes Barbara Boxer.