Campaign 2010

Mar 21, 2007

Mean Jean Strikes Again: Claims Deplorable Conditions at Walter Reed Were “Overblown” By Media

DCCC Press

Mar 21, 2007

Mean Jean Strikes Again: Claims Deplorable Conditions at Walter Reed Were “Overblown” By Media

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports today that Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH-02) thinks the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed were “overblown.”

Statement from Jennifer Crider, Communications Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:

“Jean Schmidt must be living in a parallel universe. In Mean Jean’s world the Iraq war is going well, Congressman Jack Murtha – a decorated Marine – is a coward, and the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed were simply ‘overblown’ by the media.

“Jean Schmidt supports the President’s war, she should also support our veterans’ who’ve bravely served in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

THE FACTS ABOUT WALTER REED

Republican Congressman C.W. Bill Young told Army leaders of that he witnessed a wounded soldier lying in a pool of urine and another one with a head injury who three times fell out of his hospital bed. [St. Petersburg Times, 3/08/07]

Soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed have been housed in rodent-infested quarters. [Washington Post, 2/18/07]

In Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan's room, part of the wall was torn and hung in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stood in his shower and looked up, he could see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. [Washington Post, 2/18/07]

"I hate it," Spec. George Romero, 25, who came back from Iraq with a psychological disorder. "There are cockroaches. The elevator doesn't work. The garage door doesn't work. Sometimes there's no heat, no water.” [Washington Post, 2/18/07]

SCHMIDT’S BAD RECORD ON VETERANS’ ISSUES

In 2006, Schmidt voted for a $2.8 trillion budget which cut funding for veterans by $6 billion. [HCR 376, Vote #158, 5/18/2006]