DOD memo accuses GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk of partisan political activity while in uniform

Huffington Post:

If Kirk did indeed campaign while serving, as a newly released Department of Defense memo suggests, the offense would be punishable by up to two years of confinement and dishonorable discharge from the military.

The memo was released to the Nitpicker blog, which has played an instrumental role in investigating Mark Kirk’s embellished military record. Kirk required the document, an “exception to policy” memo, in order to serve in the military while a member of Congress, which is illegal unless such an exception is issued.

Nitpicker reprints one portion of the memo, and highlights a particular phrase:

As a candidate for the vacant Senate seat in Illinois, Commander Kirk must complete the appropriate acknowledgment of limitations required for all candidates on active duty (DoDD 1344.10, paragraph 4.3.5.). Ordinarily this acknowledgment must be completed within 15 days of entering active duty. Because of the short period of active duty and concerns arising from his partisan political activities during his last two tours of active duty, Commander Kirk must complete this form prior to his entry on active duty.


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