Following whatever the hell a "kiltman contest" is — hosted last Tuesday at the Dublin House by the local group Liberty First — our dear Rep. Doug Lamborn
told a group of attendees his strategy for dealing with military strategy pushed by the White House that he disagrees with: Get the generals to quit.
“You know what, I can’t add anything to that, but do let me reassure you on this,” Lamborn said. “A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation.’”
“‘You know, let’s have a [public] resignation, and state your protest, and go out in a blaze of glory,’” Lamborn continued. “And I haven’t seen that very much, in fact I haven’t seen that at all in years.”
The story comes courtesy of reporter Corey Hutchins
, the Rocky Mountain correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review
and former alt-weekly writer. Hutchins writes that a Pentagon spokesman had no comment, while Lamborn's Democratic opponent Irv Halter
, a retired Air Force Major General, had plenty:
“Our elected officials should not be encouraging our military leaders to resign when they have a disagreement over policy,” Halter said. “Someone who serves on the House Armed Services Committee should know better.”
The congressman's comment comes during an election where he's repeatedly being portrayed as weak supporter of military vets, with Halter and opponents citing the large percentage of committee meetings Lamborn has missed
. He also recently missed a widely attended veterans political forum
Lamborn doesn't see a problem with any of this, including the fact that Halter is crushing him in the fundraising department. Here he is shrugging at the situation, as quoted by Hutchins: “If you’re perceived as being in a safe district, there is a limit to people contributing to you," he said. "I’m just not considered to be in a dangerous situation.”
Edit: Changed quoted "pubic" to bracketed "public."