South Carolina Third District Congressman and gubernatorial candiate Gresham Barrett seems to be trying to pull something over on voters.
Check out this campaign video:
At the 8 second point, you’ll notice fade-in text that reads:
U.S. Army (ret.)
Barrett didn’t retire from the U.S. Army. Here’s an excerpt from his campaign bio:
Gresham graduated from West-Oak High School where he played quarterback for the football team and met the love of his life, Natalie. He went on to earn his Bachelors degree from The Citadel, a historic military college in Charleston, SC.
After graduation, Barrett served four years in the United States Army, resigning his commission as Captain to return home and run the family furniture store in Westminster. [emphasis added]
There’s a big difference in “retiring” – which normally means twenty years of service – and four years. Since he went to The Citadel, it’s fair to add those four years to his total service, but eight isn’t twenty. Claiming to have had a career in the Army is dishonest and a slap in the face of true military careerists.
The TV ad is aimed at a much wider audience than is his web site. His campaign knows well that the little snippet with “U.S. Army (ret.)” will impact more people than does the truth.
As a (frequently) professed man of faith, I’m sure Barrett will not only expunge that little … ummmm… misprint from his ad and issue an apology for the “error.”
Don’t you think?