GOP House Candidate J.R. Majewski’s Claims About Military Record Keep Unraveling

Ohio’s 9th congressional district may have looked like an easy midterm election for Republicans this November – but the party’s nominee, JR Majewski, could dashed those hopes as his controversial military record comes under closer scrutiny.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press revealed the far-right veteran was demoted in 2001 for drunk driving around the US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan. “When you decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking intoxicating alcohol, you discredited yourself, the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron and the Air Force,” an official record of the March 8 incident said. September 2001, which is available to the AP. Majewski previously claimed he was demoted over a brawl, which prevented him from reporting back after completing his four-year tenure.

This week, the contestant tried to dismiss the incident as a juvenile mishap, telling the AP: “That mistake is now more than 20 years old. I’m sure there’s something we all did as young adults that we look back on and ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?” and I’m sure our parents and grandparents share those feelings.”

Throughout the race, Majewski has made his service history a core part of his campaign, presenting himself as “Afghanistan’s war veteran” who was in combat in the early stages of the US invasion. But a separate AP investigation last week found he was never deployed to the country. His Middle East assignment was in Qatar, a US ally, where he spent six months helping to load and unload aircraft at an air force base.

For his part, Majewski has called the investigation a “fake hit piece” and has continued to insist he served in Afghanistan – albeit in a supposedly secret role that he can’t elaborate on. “The orders and military records I was able to obtain from my personnel files show that all my operations are listed as classified,” the Conservative hopeful said at a rally on Friday. Shortly after Majewski’s apparent stolen valor scandal, the campaign arm of the house GOP slashed a roughly $1 million ad purchase it had planned to attack his opponent, per Politico.

Majewski, 42, is no stranger to controversy. According to the AP, the conservative candidate was in the US Capitol on Jan. 6 and previously espoused the QAnon conspiracy theory, though he has distanced himself from the online community since his campaign bid.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/09/gop-candidate-jr-majewski-military-record GOP House Candidate J.R. Majewski’s Claims About Military Record Keep Unraveling

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