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Chris Bain is a wounded Iraq vet. Almost every time he puts keyboard to screen, he’s reminding you he’s a wounded Iraq vet. He’s a vet. An Iraq vet. A wounded Iraq vet. Yes, that’s important and all, but we’ve never known any vet in real life who seemed so compelled to remind you he’s a wounded vet. With every vet we know, the last thing they want to talk about is what happened over there.
We have a feeling his glorification on the cover of U.S. News & World Report knocked any shred of humility right out of him. We don’t know this. We don’t know the guy. Our impression, from everything we’ve read about him, is that he seems a lot more interested in being a celebrity Iraq vet than he is in simply getting back to some semblance of a normal life.
While most military personnel deserve our respect for doing what they think is right (even if we think Chimpy‘s misadventure in Iraq was morally indefensible), what we can never respect is “forging dozens of names on nominating petitions” to get one’s name on the Republican primary ballot for Pennsylvania’s 83rd district — which is what Bain and his wife, Misty (who are also members of the Lycoming County Republican Committee), have been accused of doing, AP tells us, which adds that the Bains are charged with tampering with public records, forgery and obstruction.
AP also adds: “Bain’s name was removed from the ballot for insufficient valid signatures in March. A write-in campaign was unsuccessful.”
Which leads us to ask:
• Did Chris Bain just not get that nobody wanted him to run, or was his ego so huge, he couldn’t stand the thought of defeat?
• If he couldn’t swing a lousy batch of signatures or a write-in campaign, what made him think he could actually win an election?
• Why was it so awfully important to him to be a lawmaker? Doesn’t he have anything else to do with his time?
• “Search warrant hits write-in candidate,” Mike Reuther, Williamsport Sun-Gazette , April 19, 2012
• “Election forgery, fraud alleged of local couple,” Mark Maroney, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, July 10, 2012
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