MI-1: Vets Slam Johnson for Disrespecting Vets, Using Chinese Flag as Race Moved from Tossup to Lean Bergman

Veterans across Northern Michigan have launched an effort calling on Lon Johnson and the DCCC to take down an ad that places a 3 Star Lt General in the United States Marine Corps over an image of the Chinese flag.

Johnson continues to come under fire for attacking Lt General Jack Bergman for his military service. Johnson attacked General Bergman for being in Louisiana when he was the leader of the United States Marine Corps reserves, has questioned his bravery, and now the DCCC has put the General’s picture over a Chinese flag.

Lon Johnson’s experience as a professional partisan political operative probably led him to take his attacks a step too far against a well respected 3-star General.

The Johnson campaign in MI-1 was once a promising campaign for Democrats but has since gone off the rails.

This race should be moved from Tossup to Lean Bergman.

To the People of Michigan’s First District:

As veterans and veteran supports, we are offended to see Lt. General Jack Bergman (Ret.)’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. Lon 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, and the DCCC, and the House Majority PAC apologize for this distasteful and dishonoring 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