Since I have yet to receive a phone call or email back from Congressman Walz's office about the still unexplained photo of him claiming to be an Afghanistan veteran, I decided to visit his office in person. On Wednesday, Travis Quinlan and I went to Walz's office in Mankato. Travis served with me in Iraq and lives in Mankato, and was the guy who made me look old in the Vets for Freedom commercial. And to avoid any he said/she said confusion, we took a video camera.
Here's the video, and I will say that Travis and I definitely don't have a future in Hollywood.
But we did get three interesting admissions from Rick, the staffer we spoke with.
1) The Walz biography could perhaps cause confusion about Walz's military record.
2) Rick has repeatedly had to correct the impression the Walz is a combat veteran.
3) Rick lied straight to my face when he told me he knew nothing about the photo or the blog post.
Rick's lie is revealed at 5:12 on the video.
"And you're from Owatonna?"
I didn't catch it until we were walking out, and then I reviewed the whole video to make sure. Travis and I never said where we were from. We introduced ourselves each time as 'constituents and Iraq War vets'. So somehow, Rick knew where I live, even though he said he had never seen the photo before nor seen my blog post from last Monday. How could that be?
The Sitemeter button on the right of my blog not only tracks how many visitors to a blog, but who is visiting. Since I posted on Congressman Walz on Monday, there have been over a dozen visits from 'house.gov', each over 5 minutes long. Now, I suppose you could point out that there are 435 members of the House and dozens of staffers for each one that could have visited this blog from the server at 'house.gov'. But is it reasonable to think that none of them work for Congressman Walz?
It is clear to me that Rick knew exactly who I was when we spoke with him. Rather than be up front and honest about that, he choose to play dumb and pretend he had never heard of me or the photo or the issue with the Congressman's website.
Meanwhile, I am still waiting for a response from Congressman Walz or anyone in his office. Even a simple 'we're looking into it and we will get back to you' would be better than the silence now emanating from Congressman Walz.