Tuesday, November 22, 2005
OH Rep. Boccieri, Iraq vet, says Schmidt & Bubp out of line
And he calls for Bubp to rescind his comments:
State Rep. John Boccieri, D-New Middletown, an Iraq War veteran, said he is disappointed in his former colleague of the Ohio House and now Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio.
At issue were words the freshman legislator lobbed Friday at Vietnam veteran James Murtha, D-Pa., referencing a conversation she had with current Ohio state Rep. Danny R. Bubp of West Union, a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Boccieri’s news release states that according to transcripts from the Congressional Record, Congresswoman Schmidt of Miami Township near Cincinnati said, “He (Bubp) asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message – that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body that we will see this through.”
Boccieri, who returned in September from his fourth tour in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, said, “My colleague, Rep. Bubp, is out of line and so was Congresswoman Schmidt. To call a decorated serviceman a coward because he shares a differing view about Iraq War policy demeans all veterans and soldiers in uniform today.”
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“Their style of politics attempts to demean the character of people with different opinions and brand them as unpatriotic,” Boccieri said in a news release. “I find it ironic that at a time when American soldiers are fighting for democracy in Iraq, we are experiencing such a confining view of democracy right here in our own country. Debate is healthy and is at the core of a robust democracy. The debate about Iraq is appropriate and verbal attacks waged against a decorated veteran who chose to put his life on the line for all of us is cheap and insulting.”
Boccieri serves with Bubp in the State Legislature and on the Ohio Military Reserve Homeland Security Study Commission.
“I have the utmost respect for State Rep. Bubp’s service to our country and would share this same sentiment if I felt he was being unjustly attacked,” Boccieri said. “Rep. Bubp should follow the lead of a regretful congresswoman – Jean Schmidt – and rescind his disparaging remarks made to Congressman Murtha, and in my judgment, all of America’s veterans.”