Representative Mark Kirk (R,IL) has admitted that the bio on his webpage has had to be altered to reflect a change in the identification of a military award it had previously accredited to him.
Kirk’s bio page originally claimed that he had been awarded the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year award. This, however, was in error. It appears that his unit received this award, he did not individually receive the citation.
Kirk told the press, “upon a recent review of my records, I found that an award listed in my official biography was misidentified.” According to Navy records the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award was issued to the entirety of the Intelligence Division Electronic Attack Wing at Aviano.
Kirk’s opponent, Alexi “the mob banker” Giannoulias has played this up as a major transgression, of course. Amusingly, Giannoulias comes from the same leftist wing of the Party that is currently excusing Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal who didn’t just goof up a particular award he was given but completely lied about his service as a Marine in Vietnam… as in he never served in Vietnam.
I’d say that Democrats don’t have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to lies about military service as they have had military poseurs among them for years. Just ask Iowa Senator Tom Harken who has repeatedly claimed to have been a fighter pilot in Vietnam when he never was. Not to mention John “did I tell you I was in Vietnam” Kerry who lied about being in Cambodia during his service. The Democrats have had this problem for some time, yet here is Giannoulias pretending to get his dander up over Kirk’s misstated bio.
This is not to say that Kirk should be excused for his falsified bio, but let’s look at some perspective here. We have in Kirk a guy whose bio had a small award identified incorrectly. On the other hand we have in Alexi Giannoulias a man whose family bank went down the tubes due to loans to members of the mob and other bad banking practices and the candidate as one of the officers of that bank in it up to his neck.
So, employing some perspective Mark Kirk is a guy that got an award wrong on his Internet bio page but is he worse than Alexi “the Mob Banker” Giannoulias whose failures as a professional caused financial collapse of his family business, not to mention his association with mobsters?