Veterans Group Wants to Rescind Boxer Endorsement

Veterans' group hears outcry from membership despite Boxer's record of military support.

By Matt Baume
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:27 PM PDT
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Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. speaks to workers at Lucasey manufacturing plant in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. Boxer is running for reelection against Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett Packard CEO. Lucasey manufactures wall mounts for television sets. Boxer and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke discussed efforts to support California's small business and manufacturing. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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Barbara Boxer is not immune to controversy, but this time she's the source of a storm brewing in an unexpected place: within the halls of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The organization has asked its political action committee to reverse its endorsement of Boxer's candidacy, calling it "divisive."

Apparently, the VFW membership was so angered by the endorsement that a furious email campaign began, calling on the PAC to withdraw all endorsements.

The PAC has refused. As a separate organization for tax purposes, the PAC doesn't have to obey the commands of VFW membership.

VFW leadership called the endorsement "skewed," claiming that the selection process favored Boxer unfairly. The PAC stands by its process, however, pointing out that her voting record aligns with VFW interests.

For her part, Boxer has wasted no time trumpeting the endorsement by the organization, which has a membership of over 1 million. Boxer opened a veterans' center last weekend, and heard her record passionately defended by former military colleagues. Boxer was praised for helping to establish a combat care facility, as well as monument to World War II internment camps.

Although Carly Fiorina has tried to leverage the outcry over the endorsement, the VFW committee so far shows no sign of backing down.

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