|A "veteran" wearing a hat bearing a German Lutwaffe insignia.|
"Corruptus in Extremis"
- Congresswoman makes an inappropriate use of foreign or fake US military personnel in taxpayer-funded, government mailer to voters.
- Said her GOP opponent Jeff Gorell, "This mail piece was sent at taxpayer expense, adding to the $308,196 Julia has spent on House mail as of March 31, 2014." "Julia should apologize for using a photo of a foreign or fake military officer. She should also apologize for using taxpayer funds to send out such wasteful, useless mailers."
- It is corrupt in the extreme for taxpayers to pay for mass campaign style Congressional mailers during election years.
Several concerned local veterans have reportedly pointed out that Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) of the 26th congressional district sent a political mailer to her constituents in July that featured a stock photo of a "veteran" wearing a hat bearing a German Lutwaffe insignia, according to the Daily Caller.
"The photograph is likely a purchased stock photo of a model in a costume contrived from various emblems to look like an official naval uniform. However it is clearly not an American Navy uniform, or that of any U.S. military branch," said Brownley's opponent, Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) in a press release on Monday reports Breitbart News.
|GOP Assemblyman Jeff Gorell|
Jeff knows what an American
uniform looks like.
Brownley reportedly sent the mailer out under congressional "franking" privileges, which "allow sitting lawmakers to mass mail certain types of flyers and other information to their constituents without paying postage," the Caller notes.
In his press release, Gorell, who is a veteran of the Afghanistan war, says: "This gaffe is disrespectful to those who have worn the uniform of the United States." He continues that "the misrepresentation and use of an image depicting a foreign or fake military service member is indicative of a fundamental lack of understanding of veterans and the military by Brownley, her staff, and her political advisors."
The Daily Caller points out that Brownley serves on the House Committee for Veteran Affairs and is a ranking member on the House's Subcommittee on Health, which oversees the VA. Brownley's district (the 26th congressional district) includes Naval Base Ventura County, which supports 19,000 naval personnel.
California's 26th congressional district has been cited as "leaning Democrat," according to Real Clear Politics, but is considered one of the GOP's top pickup prospects. It includes Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.
Thanks to the Libertarian Republican.
|Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (right), R-Camarillo, and his wife Laura.|
|The district is north of Los Angeles taking in Ventura County. The seats is 40% Democrat, 35% Republicans and 25% independent and smaller political parties.|
A Top Swing District
The 26th district was represented by Republicans for decades until the 2012 Obama landslide in California when a carpetbagging Democrat moved into the area and narrowly won the seat.
|California's 26th congressional district election, 2012|
|No party preference||Linda Parks||20,301||18.3%|
|Democratic||David Cruz Thayne||2,809||2.5%|
|Democratic||Alex Maxwell Goldberg||1,880||1.7%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|