JR Majewski, the beleaguered GOP House candidate in Ohio who embellished his military service, said on Friday he didn’t lie about the Afghanistan deployment, following a bombshell report from the Associated Press .
“Orders and military records that I was able to obtain from my personal records show that all of my deployments are listed as classified,” majewski said at a news conference, after the AP reported on Wednesday that the Air Force had no record of Republican MAGA having seen combat in Afghanistan, as he has repeatedly claimed publicly.
Majewski, who turned much of his lawn into a mural for then-President Donald Trump in 2020, also said he could sue reporters from the news desk and, if elected, would sue a law “that would make it a crime. veterans.” He also said he had photos from his time in Afghanistan and that he “was at several bases”, but declined to name any when pressed.
“Marcy Kaptur and the Associated Press, you are a disgrace to the veterans who serve this country. I demand a public apology,” Majewski said, referring to his Democratic opponent in the House race. He also called the AP investigation a “coup de theater” by “a liberal journalist”.
The national GOP has all but abandoned Ohio’s 9th district after the revelation, with the House Republican campaign committee canceling nearly $1 million in ads for the Toledo market – a sign it is losing faith in the Majewski’s ability to oust Kaptur, the most tenured woman in the chamber. .
“Majewski’s misleading claims…must be addressed, and it’s his job to be honest and clear — not continued evasion and misappropriation,” Kaptur’s campaign said, according to local outlet 13abc. .
Shortly after the survey was dropped, election forecasters at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia changed their rating for the district from “Toss-up” to “Leans Democratic.”
Majewski introduced himself as an Air Force veteran deployed to Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks, facing “difficult” conditions like the lack of running water. But the AP investigation found the military branch only had records of Majewski stationed in Japan and Qatar.
A promoter of the QAnon conspiracy movement who once said Republican-leaning states should split from the country, Ohio is among the hardline candidates the GOP has nominated to run in swing districts this year. However, Majewski recently sought to temper his rhetoric, saying he regretted being on Capitol Hill during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot and removing anti-abortion statements from his website.
Doubling down on his military claims is unlikely to endear Majewski to swing voters into what National Republicans thought would be an easy midterm recovery. GOP lawmakers had redrawn Kaptur into a conservative-leaning district that Trump won by 3 points in 2020, potentially damaging his re-election prospects.
Yet, along with the district’s makeup, the demographic shifts that have made Ohio a more reliable Republican state mean Majewski’s candidacy isn’t over yet.
“‘Lean D’ is not ‘safe D.’ If Majewski won, I wouldn’t be surprised,” Kyle Kondik, editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball newsletter at UVA’s Center for Politics, told HuffPost.
“But I also think that given that he has a lot of weaknesses as a candidate to start with, Kaptur has been around forever, and he’s had this double whammy of news in the last few days… I think that’s enough to Consider Kaptur the favorite. We’ll see how things go. There’s still time for other bands to get involved.
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