55 Veterans and Veteran Supporters Slam Johnson's Offensive, Disrespectful Attacks

Released at: November 01, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Abbie Sigler


55 Veterans and Veteran Supporters Slam Johnson's Offensive, Disrespectful Attacks

Watersmeet, MI - Today, a group of 55 veterans and veteran supporters released an open letter to the people of Michigan's First District calling for Lon Johnson to apologize for his offensive, disrespectful attacks on Lt. General (Ret.) Jack Bergman, after the House Majority PAC recently released an ad which closes with an image of General Bergman in front of a Chinese flag.

Speaking about the letter, General Bergman's Communications Director Abbi Sigler said: “The House Majority PAC’s recently released ‘Certain Jobs’ ad is categorically false, and it is deeply offensive to the brave men and women who have served our nation. General Bergman opposes the TPP trade deal, and he will fight like a Marine to keep American jobs here at home. Moreover, this ad is disrespectful to all of the members of our military. It is both offensive and disrespectful to place a three-star general's image in front of a Chinese flag. The Johnson campaign is using unlimited Super PAC money - that they claim to despise- to deliver these dirty, pathetic attacks on a combat veteran. Lon Johnson, a combat tourist, has made it explicitly clear he does not understand the selfless sacrifice our veterans make, and he has once again shown he will not take care of those who have taken care of us. He should have the ad taken down immediately.”

This is not the first time Lon Johnson has attacked General Bergman's military service. He has continually attacked the General for serving his country in Louisiana. Johnson has challenged General Bergman's integrity and honesty and insulted his courage, saying he is "afraid" to stand up to special interest groups.

You may read the letter below:

November 1, 2016 


To the People of Michigan’s First District:

As veterans and veteran supporters, we are offended to see Lt. General (Ret.) Jack Bergman's picture put over a Chinese flag in a recent negative political advertisement.

Politics aside, General Bergman is a combat veteran and a three star Marine General. He spent over 40 years defending our nation and has worked to preserve freedom and democracy across the world. He has served our country honorably and should never be portrayed in front of a communist country’s flag. Lon Johnson has never served. He has never answered the call to duty. He does not understand the sacrifices that those who have served in our military make on behalf of our country.

Lon Johnson’s dirty, negative campaign is offensive to the honor and heritage of our veterans community. Mr. Johnson should apologize immediately for this offensive advertisement. Politics is one thing, disrespecting those who have served and sacrificed for this great nation should be off limits.

Very little is more offensive to our veterans' community and our nation than plastering the image of a decorated combat General officer over a Chinese flag. This latest dirty trick highlights the choice we have this election. Mr. Johnson is proving himself more and more to be a political operative, who continually resorts to dirty campaign tactics. We, as veterans and veteran supporters active in the First District, demand Lon Johnson, the DCCC, and the House Majority PAC apologize for this distasteful and dishonorable political ad.

Without reservations,
John Lefler
Beau Vore
Richard Edmounds
Jeanne McMillan
Calvin Murphy
Neal Horning
Dr. Bob Johnson
George Champlin
Gary Hlavka
Greg MacMasters
Bryan Clishe
John Stocki
Judy Ritola
Matt Hodges
Clayton Porter
Eric Fischer
Tom Wentel
Tom Stillings
Vicki Hayes
Scott Herzberg
Steve DeBusschere
Blair Bell
Perry Smith
Carol Turner
Stewart Whittiker
Dan Call
Dean Reid
Starla Owens
Ray Howell
Carolyn Risk
Gary Walter
Tom Whilden
Richard Rizzio
Shen Chefalo
John Block
Jim Wegner
Lin Meeker
Rebecca Bigelow
Jim Coil
Rick Ohle
Lyne Lejeune
Lynn Konzer
Barbara Widmer
Vaughn Harshfield
Ted Arnes
Mary Ellen Byrne
Casey A. Viegelahn
Roger A. Cronk
Matthew D. Quaine
Curtis Charles
Mike King
William LaMarch
Art Menard
Fred Charles
Shane King