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Posted by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/04/dem-lawmaker-uses-german-luftwaffe-uniform-to-portray-us-navy-in-campaign/

Democratic lawmaker Julia Brownley sent a political mailer to her constituents in late July featuring a woman wearing fake military attire and a German Luftwaffe insignia — apparently unaware that the costume was not an official uniform worn by U.S. personnel.

On Monday Jeff Gorell, Brownley’s Republican opponent in California’s 26 congressional district, sent out a press release highlighting the congresswoman’s taxpayer-funded faux pas.

The candidate claims that “concerned local veterans” brought to his attention a photograph featured along the top of the flyer — which also contains pictures of a young family, a child going to school, a vibrant classroom and other common campaign themes.

That photograph shows a young woman in a white, open-collared military uniform, wearing a white cap displaying a gold insignia and blue-and-gold trim

Although it bears a fleeting resemblance to official attire worn by the U.S. Navy, no branch of the United States military wears a uniform like the one in the mailer. And the insignia on the cap is the symbol of the Bundeswehr Luftwaffe, Germany’s air force.

A look at all of the Bundeswehr’s official uniforms offers no similar outfit in any branch of the Germany military, lending credence to Gorell’s speculation that the picture is “a purchased stock photo of a model in a costume contrived from various emblems to look like an official [U.S.] naval uniform.”

“This gaff is disrespectful to those who have worn the uniform of the United States,” Gorell continues, calling it “indicative of a fundamental lack of understanding of veterans and the military by Brownley, her staff, and her political advisors.”

Brownley serves on the House Committee for Veteran Affairs and is ranking member on the House’s Subcommittee on Health, which oversees the VA. Her district includes Naval Base Ventura County, a large military installation near the southern California town of Oxnard that supports 19,000 naval personnel.

The congresswoman reportedly sent out the mailer under congressional “franking” privileges, which allow sitting lawmakers to mass mail certain types of flyers and other information to their constituents without paying postage. (RELATED: Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty Spends $183,700 On ‘Franking’)
 

It’s an advantage that incumbents frequently rely upon while campaigning, despite an official ban on overtly political messaging. Gorell demanded the congresswoman “apologize for using taxpayer funds to send out such wasteful, useless mailers.”

RealClearPolitics.com rates California 26 as battleground district that “leans Democratic.” But Gorell finished less than one point behind Brownley in the district’s open primary in June — the closest in any of California’s congressional races.

And last week Brownley used the specter of Obama’s impeachment by congressional Republicans as part of a fundraising email against Gorell — claiming he’s “going ALL-IN to shore up his radical Republican majority.” (RELATED: Boehner Rules Out Obama Impeachment: ‘A Scam Started By Democrats’)
 

But Gorell quickly informed a local journalist he was against impeaching the president, prompting the reporter to ask the Brownley campaign about the discrepancy. The congresswoman did not reply.

Brownley’s congressional office did not respond to a request for comment.

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furbabymum
by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

 Well it's bloody confusing. We were at an air show a few weeks ago and I asked my DH why these airmen were wearing a uniform I thought had been done away with. I've no idea what the regs are anymore. Everyone has like 10 different uniforms.

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

 I agree but a congresswoman should have been smarter.

Quoting furbabymum:

 Well it's bloody confusing. We were at an air show a few weeks ago and I asked my DH why these airmen were wearing a uniform I thought had been done away with. I've no idea what the regs are anymore. Everyone has like 10 different uniforms.

 

furbabymum
by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

 Let's be real here, she pays someone to do that. So whoever was in charge of this mailing did a cursory check and that's it. The uniform was white. It does resemble a Navy uniform. I'm sure with the million things they had to get done they glanced at it and sent it to printing. Shit happens to us all. I got gabbing and filed something meant for Circuit Court in District once. The worst part is the clerk I was gabbing with didn't even notice either. So there's 2 people who make a stupid error. It happens.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 I agree but a congresswoman should have been smarter.

Quoting furbabymum:

 Well it's bloody confusing. We were at an air show a few weeks ago and I asked my DH why these airmen were wearing a uniform I thought had been done away with. I've no idea what the regs are anymore. Everyone has like 10 different uniforms.

 

 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

 

Quoting furbabymum:

 Let's be real here, she pays someone to do that. So whoever was in charge of this mailing did a cursory check and that's it. The uniform was white. It does resemble a Navy uniform. I'm sure with the million things they had to get done they glanced at it and sent it to printing. Shit happens to us all. I got gabbing and filed something meant for Circuit Court in District once. The worst part is the clerk I was gabbing with didn't even notice either. So there's 2 people who make a stupid error. It happens.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 I agree but a congresswoman should have been smarter.

Quoting furbabymum:

 Well it's bloody confusing. We were at an air show a few weeks ago and I asked my DH why these airmen were wearing a uniform I thought had been done away with. I've no idea what the regs are anymore. Everyone has like 10 different uniforms.

 

 

Still disrespectful! 

furbabymum
by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM
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 Well sure if you want to see it that way. Why you'd want to take offense at stupid crap I don't know. I don't have time for that.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 

Quoting furbabymum:

 Let's be real here, she pays someone to do that. So whoever was in charge of this mailing did a cursory check and that's it. The uniform was white. It does resemble a Navy uniform. I'm sure with the million things they had to get done they glanced at it and sent it to printing. Shit happens to us all. I got gabbing and filed something meant for Circuit Court in District once. The worst part is the clerk I was gabbing with didn't even notice either. So there's 2 people who make a stupid error. It happens.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 I agree but a congresswoman should have been smarter.

Quoting furbabymum:

 Well it's bloody confusing. We were at an air show a few weeks ago and I asked my DH why these airmen were wearing a uniform I thought had been done away with. I've no idea what the regs are anymore. Everyone has like 10 different uniforms.

 

 

Still disrespectful! 

 

Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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LOL, this is something I imagine you would do.
numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Aug. 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

 Hah I though it was you.

Quoting Della529: LOL, this is something I imagine you would do.

 

Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM
Unfortunately for you , my posts rarely have then same number of errors as yours.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Hah I though it was you.


Quoting Della529: LOL, this is something I imagine you would do.

 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Aug. 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

 Fortunately I  am not a crude and ignorant person. Enjoy your nastyness.

Quoting Della529: Unfortunately for you , my posts rarely have then same number of errors as yours.
Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Hah I though it was you.

Quoting Della529: LOL, this is something I imagine you would do.

 

 

motha2daDuchess
by Bruja on Aug. 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM
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Nope....nope...no fucks to give....

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