Would Orrin Hatch’s latest stunt punish GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk?

From Steve Benen:

If you’re just joining us, Kirk, a U.S. Naval Reserve officer, really has served honorably, but he’s also made several claims about his service record that proved to be false. First, Kirk claimed to be “the only member of Congress to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom.” That turned out to be untrue — Kirk served during the conflict, not in it. Second, Kirk claimed to “command the war room in the Pentagon,” which also turned out to be untrue. Over the weekend we learned that Kirk repeatedly claimed to have received the U.S. Navy’s Intelligence Officer of the Year award, which was also wildly misleading.

This comes on the heels of Hatch’s proposal to make it a crime for someone to knowingly make “a fraudulent statement or representation” regarding his or her record of military service “for the purposes of gaining recognition, honorarium, official office, or other position of authority, employment or other benefit.”

The point, it seemed, was Hatch targeting Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who misspoke about his service record in a speech eight years ago.

I think Hatch meant to say that the law would only apply to Democrats, and forgot to include the language in his proposal.

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