Blumenthal and Pinocchio: Video Mocks Vietnam Service, According to Anthony LoFrisco

Oct 14, 2010, 17:19 ET from Anthony LoFrisco

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Anthony LoFrisco.

Reacting to repeated instances of Connecticut Attorney General and Senatorial candidate Richard Blumenthal referring to his service as a Marine in Vietnam, a resident of Wilton, Conn., has built a website exposing Richard Blumenthal, mocking his claims and has issued a statement calling them lies and asking if that, "is the limit to his character flaws."

A video on the website depicts one of Mr. Blumenthal's repeated comments captured on tape claiming service in Vietnam. As he makes the statement, the video shows his nose growing larger, reminiscent of Pinocchio, the fictional character, whose nose grew larger when under stress, especially while telling a lie.

Anthony F. LoFrisco, stressing that his statement "is one man's opinion," said he has no connection with Mr. Blumenthal or his opponent, Linda McMahon. "I have never met either of them," he said.

"We are faced with two imperfect candidates," he asserted, pointing out that Mr. Blumenthal is marred by "his lie about serving as a Marine in Vietnam" and Ms. McMahon has a minimal record of public service.

In his statement, Mr. LoFrisco, noting that Mr. Blumenthal described his claims as a Vietnam veteran as "unintentional," said they were akin to a child telling his mother that he did not intend to eat a cookie that he was told not to touch and explaining that "it just happened."

"From a six-year-old such a statement is plausible," he wrote. "From the chief law enforcement officer of Connecticut, the former editor of the Yale Law Journal and a brilliant lawyer, a similar explanation is a lie."

Mr. LoFrisco said that the prevarications were not a criminal act, but revealed "a serious flaw" in Mr. Blumenthal's character. He did not "misspeak" as he has been quoted as often saying, the writer observed. "He didn't misspeak, he lied."

The letter, sent to approximately 50,000 e-mail recipients of voting age in Connecticut, emphasized that there may be better qualified people to serve the State, "but we do not have the luxury of having a perfect candidate before us."

Mr. LoFrisco concluded that "we do have the knowledge that one candidate has a serious character flaw that needs to be worked on before he can ask to be trusted to represent the proud citizens of Connecticut."

SOURCE Anthony LoFrisco