J.R. Majewski, the embattled GOP House campaigner successful Ohio who embellished his subject service, said Friday that helium didn’t prevarication astir deploying to Afghanistan, pursuing a bombshell Associated Press report.
“The orders and the subject records that I person been capable to get from my idiosyncratic files shows that each of my deployments are listed arsenic classified,” Majewski said during a property conference, aft the AP reported Wednesday that the Air Force has nary records of the MAGA Republican seeing combat successful Afghanistan, arsenic he’s claimed publically galore times.
Majewski, who turned a ample swath of his tract into a mural for then-President Donald Trump successful 2020, besides said that helium whitethorn writer the ligament service’s reporters and, if elected, would prosecute a instrumentality “that would marque it a transgression to besmirch veterans.” He besides said that helium has photos from his clip successful Afghanistan and “was successful aggregate bases,” but helium declined to sanction immoderate erstwhile pressed.
“Marcy Kaptur and The Associated Press, you are a disgrace to veterans who service this country. I request a nationalist apology,” Majewski said, referring to his Democratic hostile successful the House race. He besides called AP’s probe a “hit piece” by “a wide journalist.”
The nationalist GOP each but abandoned Ohio’s 9th District aft the revelation, with the House Republican run committee canceling astir $1 cardinal successful ads for the Toledo marketplace — a motion that it’s losing assurance successful Majewski’s quality to oust Kaptur, the most tenured pistillate successful the chamber.
“Majewski’s ... misleading claims request to beryllium addressed, and it’s incumbent upon him to supply honesty and clarity — not continued evasiveness and deflection,” said Kaptur’s campaign, according to section outlet 13abc.
Shortly aft the probe dropped, predetermination forecasters astatine the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics changed their rating for the territory from “Toss-up” to “Leans Democratic.”
Majewski has touted himself arsenic an Air Force seasoned who deployed to Afghanistan aft the Sept. 11 violent attacks, facing “tough” conditions similar a deficiency of moving water. But the AP probe revealed that the subject subdivision lone has records of Majewski being stationed successful Japan and Qatar.
A booster of the QAnon conspiracy question who erstwhile said that Republican-leaning states should secede from the country, the Ohioan is among the extremist candidates the GOP nominated to vie successful plaything districts this year. However, Majewski has precocious sought to temper his rhetoric, saying that helium regretted being astatine the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot and removing anti-abortion statements from his website.
Doubling down connected his subject claims is improbable to endear Majewski to plaything voters successful what nationalist Republicans thought would beryllium an casual midterm pickup. GOP legislators had redrawn Kaptur into a conservative-leaning territory that Trump won by 3 points successful 2020, perchance jeopardizing her reelection prospects.
Still, on with the constitution of the district, demographic shifts that person made Ohio a much reliably Republican authorities mean Majewski’s candidacy isn’t implicit yet.
“‘Lean D’ is not ‘safe D.’ If Majewski won, I wouldn’t beryllium that surprised,” Kyle Kondik, the managing exertion of the Sabato’s Crystal Ball newsletter astatine UVA’s Center for Politics, told HuffPost.
“But I besides deliberation that fixed helium has a batch of weaknesses arsenic a campaigner to statesman with, Kaptur’s been astir forever, and helium had this treble whammy of quality the past fewer days ... I deliberation that’s capable to look astatine Kaptur arsenic the favorite. We’ll spot however things develop. There’s inactive clip for different groups to get involved.”