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Your Views: Chambliss’ smear of Cleland in ’02 race remains unforgivable

POSTED: January 30, 2013 1:00 a.m.

So Sen. Saxby Chambliss has announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, citing “frustration” with partisan politics in Washington.

I find that more than a little ironic. Chambliss was able to avoid military service during the Vietnam War through student and medical deferments and yet viciously attacked then-Sen. Max Cleland during the 2002 campaign as unpatriotic, despite the fact that Cleland had served with distinction in Vietnam and lost three limbs there.

At the time, Chambliss’ attack ads were called “worse than disgraceful” and “beyond offensive” by Sens. John McCain and Chuck Hagel, both fellow Republicans and both highly decorated Vietnam War veterans.

Now Gov. Nathan Deal calls him “a great Georgia leader” and Sen. Johnny Isakson calls him “a true statesman.” Sorry, I don’t agree. I haven’t forgotten what he did, and I never will.

Richard D. Green
Hoschton


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