Last fall, Jennifer-Ruth Green, a black Republican, and U.S. Air Force veteran, threatened to flip an Indiana congressional seat that Democrats had held for roughly a century.
Green came up a little short.
One reason for her narrow loss may have been a damaging Politico report published about a month before the election.
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Now, other Republicans claim they may have been victimized by the same treachery that did in Green.
To return to 2022, the Politico story revealed that Green, while in the military in 2009, had received two adverse ratings for bad conduct.
In one instance, she reported to her commanders that she had been sexually groped by an Iraqi soldier who also exposed himself to her.
Military leaders discouraged Green from reporting the incident.
They reportedly told her a U.S. complaint to the Iraqis would lead to women being seen “as liabilities and limit their ability to serve.”
The incident was part of Green’s supposedly confidential personnel file, and restricted from public access. The candidate had begged Politico not to report the sexual assault. It did anyway against her wishes.
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According to the conservative website RedState on Tuesday, the Air Force investigated Green’s case and found that a “junior individual” didn’t “follow proper procedures and obtain required consent” in leaking Green’s confidential records.
Yet Green is not alone.
RedState noted that the Air Force has illegally released the records of at least 11 other people, including Republican Reps. Don Bacon of Nebraska and Zach Nunn of Iowa.
A common thread ties the leaks together.
According to RedState, an Air Force spokeswoman admitted that “virtually all” of the 11 unauthorized record releases went to the same person: Andrew Payton, a Democratic operative in Baltimore who works for an outfit called Due Diligence Group.
Maj. Gen. Troy Dunn actually outed Payton in a letter to Bacon explaining why his records were leaked.
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RedState reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid Payton $110,000 last year to snoop on GOP candidates.
And as RedState noted, “As Ian Fleming put in the mouth of James Bond in ‘Goldfinger,’ “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” If so, then eleven times sounds like a criminal conspiracy.”
We’ll see if anyone in the Biden administration pays for giving Democrats carte blanche to the sensitive military records of Republicans.
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