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Ted Cruz's Campaign Chairman is a FAKE 'War Hero' — Resume Contained Pack of Lies About Military Service

The Republican Party is thoroughly saturated with shameless con men like State Rep. Graham Hunt. (Facebook Photo)
The Republican Party is thoroughly saturated with shameless con men like State Rep. Graham Hunt. (Facebook Photo)

Republican lawmaker who’s serving as chairman of Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign in Washington state is either unwilling or unable to verify that he is a decorated combat veteran.

State Rep. Graham Hunt (R-Orting), who was elected in 2014 to the legislative seat to which he was appointed the year before, listed three medals on his official and campaign biographies that a military personnel center has no record of him receiving, reported The Seattle Times.

A military spokeswoman pointed out to the newspaper that the personnel center’s records are sometimes incomplete — but Hunt has been quietly deleting some details about his service record from online biographies since reporters have begun to press him for more information.

Hunt, who traveled out of state earlier this month to meet with armed militants who are occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge, says he was “wounded in combat” but has offered only vague details about what happened.

The lawmaker said he was knocked down by explosions but can’t remember where, and he also claims he cannot remember which units he deployed with to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Hunt deleted a Facebook post in 2015 that showed a dramatic photo of a U.S. soldier consoling another that, according to a caption, showed the lawmaker after a 2005 mortar attack, with additional text claiming he “KNOWS THE SACRIFICE” and “STILL FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY.”

“I think combat camera captured the moment pretty well,” the post said. “I surely have not forgotten that moment.”

The image, however, was an Associated Press photo from 2003 that showed two Ohio soldiers — but one of their U.S. Army insignias had been replaced with an Air Force staff sergeant patch.

Hunt later removed the post and said a campaign volunteer had posted it, but the lawmaker says he accepts “full responsibility” for the social media post.

The lawmaker deleted references last month to the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal after the newspaper questioned him about the awards — which military officials say do not appear on his service record.

He also stopped describing himself in the online biographies as a “combat veteran” of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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