Not only did has St. John Bel gone into the gutter with his latest ad, but his ad is in violation of Department of Defense regulations. The ad features him in his U.S. Army from his service. However, it is a violation of DOD Directive 1344.10 and its restrictions on political campaigning in military uniform.
Here is the exact section that St. John Bel is in violation of:
St. John Bel’s ad, which is already airing on statewide television and online, does not have the proper disclaimer. This appears to be a big no-no, even though St. John Bel is retired from the Army.
The reason why the Department of Defense is very careful about mixing the uniform and politics is because of our nation’s proud tradition of civilian control of the military. While trying to slap David Vitter with a gutter ad, St. John Bel has also slapped one of our most proud political traditions in its face.
St. John Bel needs to pull the ad, apologize to the people of Louisiana and especially our veterans, and exit the political scene. This ad, along with the Dardenne endorsement , will backfire spectacularly and has all but ensured that David Vitter will be our next governor.