State Reps. Marv Hagedorn of Meridian and Jim Clark of Hayden Lake called on 1st District congressional candidate Vaughn Ward to withdraw from the May 25 primary.
Hagedorn, retired from the Navy, and Clark, retired from the Army, were joined by Joe Rogan, an Air Force retiree and Eagle real estate agent.
The three support Rep. Raul Labrador, Ward's opponent. They criticized Ward's conduct as a candidate who serves in the Marine Reserve. Hagedorn also wrote Ward an
The Ward campaign did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The news release from Hagedorn, Clark and Rogan follows, in full:
VETERANS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT VAUGHN WARD
(Meridian, Idaho). Three military veterans issued a press statement today, calling upon Vaughn Ward to withdraw from the congressional race.
“I believe it is time for Ward to honor the uniform and withdraw,” said retired USAF LT. Colonel Joseph V. Rogan. “This latest fiasco on his website – where he again plagiarized position statements from another candidate is just the last straw. Making it even more incredible is the fact that he copied statements about Iraq and the military operations underway there. You’d think this was the one area he might be prepared to speak from the heart.”
Rogan was joined by State Rep. Marv Hagedorn, a retired Navy Mustang.
“I am incensed that Vaughn Ward has run on his Marine Corps record while dishonoring the uniform,” Hagedorn said. “It is clear that Ward publicly lied about his chain of command telling him he could not release a letter of reprimand. None of these things in and of themselves may seem significant to outsiders, but within the military, honor is everything.”
Hagedorn provided members of the media with a copy of a Statesman article in which it was revealed that claims made by Ward about his superior officer telling him not to release a letter of reprimand were simply false.
Hagedorn also issued an open letter he has sent Ward in which he outlined his numerous disappointments with Ward.
They were joined by State Rep. Jim Clark, Coeur d’Alene, a retired US Army Lt. Colonel.
“I don’t want to cast aspersions on Ward’s service to his nation,” Clark said in a prepared statement. “But his misuse of his military service and the way he’s run this campaign raise real questions in my mind about his integrity. I just don’t see how he can survive the scrutiny of a general election campaign against Walt Minnick. I fear we are nowhere near the bottom of Ward’s deceptions.”
Rogan an Eagle real estate agent, went on to ask for Ward to honor the Marine Corps uniform:
“As a guy we don’t really know, the only thing we have had to judge Ward by is his uniform and his word,” Rogan said. “The fraud he’s perpetrated on the people of Idaho has been exposed. Now we cannot take him at his word, because we don’t know which words are his and which are stolen. What Major Ward has left is the uniform. I hope and pray he will not further discredit the military and honorably withdraw.”