WASHINGTON--Illinois GOP Senate candidate Rep. Mark Kirk, a Navy Reserve officer already in political trouble for embellishing his military career, also was warned by the Pentagon not to mix politics with his reserve duty.
Over at the Nitpicker.blogspot.com, site founder Terry Welch had the Pentagon scoop:
"In a statement released today in response to Nitpicker queries, Pentagon spokesperson Air Force Major April Cunningham confirmed that Rep. Mark Kirk had taken part in partisan political activities while on active duty.
From the statement:
"In December 2008, Commander Kirk, while on active duty, participated in video discussions in the media about the unfolding situation involving then-Governor Blagojevich of Illinois. Members of the Armed Forces on active duty may not participate in television discussions as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.
"In July 2009, while on active duty in the Washington area, either Commander Kirk or a staff member posted a "twitter" to his Senate campaign web site that indicated he was on duty at the National Military Command Center. At the time, Commander Kirk was a candidate for the Senate. Candidates for political office may not participate in any campaign activities while on active duty. They may not update or revise their websites, and they must inform their campaign staff of the applicable restrictions."
"...Commander Kirk was counseled about each of his violations after they occurred and signed a statement acknowledging the limitations on his ability to participate in campaign activities while on active duty. He was required to complete this acknowledgement before being allowed to begin active duty in December 2009."