The National Republican Congressional Committee is yanking $1 million in ads for Ohio GOP House candidate J.R. Majewski after it was revealed his claims about serving in Afghanistan after 9/11 were false.
Majewski’s apparent deceit was outlined Wednesday in a bombshell report by the Associated Press, which obtained military documents that contradict the candidate’s campaign trail claims of serving in Afghanistan during his time in the Air Force.
Following the AP report, the NRCC canceled their plans to run scheduled TV ads in support of Majewski just weeks ahead of the midterm elections
The military documents show that Majewski, who presents himself as a combat veteran, spent six months at an air base in Qatar, an American ally, helping to load planes and saw no active combat.
He once described not showering for 40 days due to a lack of running water while allegedly deployed in Afghanistan and repeatedly used his veteran status as a key component of his campaign for Congress.
Actual combat veterans took offense at Majewski’s claims.
“Veterans have done so much for this country and when you claim to have done what your brothers and sisters in arms actually did to build up your reputation, it is a disservice,” Don Christensen, a retired colonel and former chief prosecutor for the Air Force, told the AP.
Majewski didn’t directly respond to questions about his Afghanistan service claims, the publication said.
Instead, he said he was proud to have served the county.
“My accomplishments and record are under attack, meanwhile, career politician Marcy Kaptur has a forty-year record of failure for my Toledo community, which is why I’m running for Congress,” he added.
Majewski, a strident Trump supporter, is running against longstanding Democratic incumbent Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, which has been recently redrawn to favor Republicans.
Kaptur, who has represented the Toledo area since 1983, bashed her opponent over his military misrepresentation.
“The idea that anyone, much less a candidate for the United States Congress, would mislead voters about their service in combat is an affront to every man and woman who has proudly worn the uniform of our great country. J.R. Majewski owes each of these heroes a full explanation about his deception,” Kaptur said in a statement.