Commander William D. Squires, USN (Ret) released the following statement on behalf of Veterans for Mikie, calling on Rosemary Becchi to disavow a mailer recently sent out on her behalf to New Jersey voters with an image of a burning American flag with Congresswoman Sherrill’s name next to it:
“To use an image of a burning American flag to attack a sitting U.S. Congresswoman and former Lieutenant in the United States Navy is shameful and despicable. It is an insult to every single person who has put on the uniform.
“Service members risk their lives every day to protect and defend this country so that all of our citizens can enjoy the blessings of liberty that this great country affords. We wear the American flag on our uniform with pride. It is a symbol of our commitment to this country, our values, and our Constitution. Regardless of party, we should all be able to agree that using a burning flag to score cheap political points is wrong.
“Rosemary Becchi must immediately and publicly disavow this hateful mailer. Ms. Becchi has continuously lied about Congresswoman Sherrill’s record of service to our veterans, but to see this type of campaigning is beneath the dignity of the office she seeks.”
Audrey Lane, campaign manager for Becchi, responded in a statement:
“The referenced mailer was not put out by Rosemary Becchi or her campaign. Mikie Sherrill refuses to condemn the violence in the streets, but runs to the press to condemn a mailer. Mikie Sherrill continues to gaslight issues without addressing the real concerns raised in the flyer. It’s a that fact Mikie Sherrill voted to allow criminals to sue police officers for doing their job. It’s a fact that Mike Sherrill sides with Nancy Pelosi 99% of the time and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 91% of the time. She can try and duck from her record all she wants by criticizing a mailer from a 3rd party, but the fact is the people of Congressional District 11 were tricked into voting for a “moderate, bipartisan” candidate- Mikie Sherrill has proven that she is quite the opposite.”