Republican Group Says Double Amputee Congresswoman Won't 'Stand Up for Veterans'

Republican Group Says Double Amputee Congresswoman Won't 'Stand Up for Veterans' (Wikipedia)

A Republican group was trying to make a point but managed only to rile people up when they said a double amputee congresswoman refuses to stand up for veterans.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee wrote a tweet Tuesday about Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Illinois that bashed the Iraq veteran for what they said was her "sad record for not standing up for veterans."

What they NRSC failed to consider, however, was that Duckworth--who is currently winning the race for Senate in Illinois against Republican Mark Kirk--lost both legs during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The group was immediately admonished for the tweet by Duckworth's people.

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"Tasteless and dishonest, just like everything else to do with Mark Kirk’s flailing campaign,” campaign spokesman Matt McGrath said in a statement. “Tammy has made fighting for Veterans her life’s work, and will continue to do so in the Senate.”

According to Fox News, the NRSC acklowdged the tweet before taking it down.

A spokesman for the NRSC said: “It would be great if reporters would pay as much attention to a deleted tweet as they should to Tammy Duckworth being sued by VA whistleblowers for ignoring claims of mistreatment and corruption."

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Tammy Duckworth was one of the first women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom when she lost both legs after the Blackhawk helicopter she was piloting was downed in 2004.

She was later awarded the Purple Heart and in 2006 became Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs after narrowly losing a congressional bid.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

She was elected to the 8th Congressional District of Illinois in 2012, a position in which she served since.

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