Some people have no class, even when they’re running for Congress.
Loyalty and honor are the watchwords of a United States Marine, with honor being defined as “honesty or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions.”
Unfortunately, Larry Kaifesh, a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, seems to have forgotten about honor.
On Monday, Kaifesh , the Republican challenger trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in Illinois 8th Congressional District tried to blame Duckworth for the Department of Veterans Affairs health care scandal.
Illinois’ 8th Congressional District The congressional district is a suburban Chicago district that covers parts of Cook, DuPage Lake, and Kane counties. It includes all or parts of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Lombard, Roselle, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Villa Park, and Wood Dale.
While Tammy Duckworth was in a political science Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University, Duckworth enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
Trained as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Duckworth left NIU in 2004 when she was deployed to Iraq. Duckworth flew Operation Iraqi Freedom combat missions until her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in the autumn of 2004. The explosion blew off both of Duckworth’s legs and robbed her of the full function in her right arm.
In 2006 Duckworth became director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Duckworth as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She held that position until 2012 when she was elected to Congress, representing Illinois’ 8th District.
On Monday, Kaifesh , the Republican challenger trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth tried to tie Duckworth to the Department of Veterans Affairs health care scandal.
Kaifesh tried to tie Duckworth to the current VA Scandal by saying, “These issues didn’t just come up overnight. These have been there for a long time,”
Kaifesh was referring to allegations that access to VA health care has been systemically delayed at veterans medical facilities over the years and that in some cases schedulers falsified appointment information to conceal a dangerous backlog.
Kaifesh said, “I am concerned that Rep. Duckworth was in the middle of it. And the leadership of the VA in Illinois and at the national level did not identify any problems, didn’t address any problems.”
Unfortunately for Kaifesh, the opposite is true.
During the year Duckworth spent recovery from her wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center she became an outspoken activist for better medical care for wounded veterans and their families.
On two separate occasions, Duckworth presented her impassioned views to Congress.
Since her election to Congress, Duckworth has been an outspoken proponent of better VA health care. Veterans may not have a better spokesperson in Congress than Tammy Duckworth.
She had been there and done that. Kaifesh has not, and he should be ashamed of himself for trying to tie Duckworth to the VA scandal because at one time in her career, she worked for the VA.