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Rep. Mikie Sherrill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Becchi continues veteran attacks on Sherrill

Incumbent’s record at odds with jabs, but no word on skipped VFW meeting

By Nikita Biryukov, October 12 2020 6:47 pm

Republican House challenger Rosemary Becchi’s campaign is continuing to go after Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) on veterans.

Campaign Surrogate Nick De Gregorio, a retired U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, claimed Sherrill, a former helicopter pilot and Russian policy officer in the U.S. Navy, had done little to help her comrades in arms from her 11th district congressional seat.

“Mikie Sherrill’s advocacy for her fellow veterans is among the worst in Congress,” he said. “She has not drafted a single veteran’s bill in the two years she has served, despite being a veteran herself. She has turned down scheduled meetings with the New Jersey VFW after they spent precious time and non-profit dollars to meet her in Washington, D.C.”

Sherill’s campaign didn’t respond to the claim of a skipped meeting with the VFW, though the attack on the congresswoman’s legislative record isn’t quite on track.

The incumbent sits on the House Armed Services Committee, a position that gives her purview over defense spending, and she’s cosponsored bills that made it past the president’s desk, including one providing service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The incumbent’s campaign responded with an attack of its own, hitting Becchi over a third-party mailer that featured some imagery veterans may find disturbing.

“Last night, Rosemary Becchi had an opportunity to disavow a hateful mailer with a burning American flag used to attack a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy. She declined,” Sherrill campaign manager Elizabeth Davis said. “She had the opportunity to distance herself from the comments of the President who refers to our service members and veterans as ‘suckers’ and ‘losers.’ She declined.”

Correction: A previous version of this article said the House Armed Services Committee had purview over most veterans measures. The House Veterans Affairs Committee does.

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