Veterans Call for Resignation of Pennsylvania State Rep Who Called them "Traitors"
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are running a blistering new radio ad locally, calling on State Representative Daryl Metcalfe to resign over his comments that those veterans who are fighting for energy security are "traitors." The ad will air beginning today, and for a full week on area radio.
In the ad, Pittsburgh Iraq War veteran Chuck Tyler says, "Representative Metcalfe, a lot of my friends never made it home from Iraq. Dishonoring us dishonors their memory. We deserve better - and so does Pennsylvania. I'm not a traitor sir. I'm just a veteran doing what's right to protect my country." The ad closes with a call on Metcalfe to resign. The full script of the ad is below.
In an email sent widely, Metcalfe stated that any veteran concerned about the flow of oil dollars to Middle East terrorists and fighting for a new American Clean Energy plan is a "traitor to the oath he or she took defend the Constitution of our great nation! Remember Benedict Arnold before giving credibility to a veteran who uses their service as a means to promote a leftist agenda."
In response, the veterans group VoteVets.org is paying for the new ad in conjunction with Operation Free, calling on Metcalfe to resign. Operation Free is a coalition of veteran and security groups currently on a bus tour to promote the need for a new Clean Energy policy as a national security matter. VoteVets.org veterans are taking part in the tour.
The full script of the ad is as follows:
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ANNCR: Traitors. That's what State Representative Darryl Metcalfe called decorated Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Traitors. Pittsburgh resident and Iraq war veteran Chuck Tyler.
Chuck Tyler: Representative Metcalfe. A lot of my friends never made it home from Iraq. Dishonoring us dishonors their memory. We deserve better - and so does Pennsylvania.
ANNCR: Metcalfe was attacking members of Operation Free; veterans whose goal is to make America more secure with clean energy and cut the flow of oil dollars to those who would do us harm. It's a goal the Department of Defense, the CIA, and the National Intelligence Council all share.
Chuck Tyler: I'm not a traitor sir. I'm just a veteran doing what's right to protect my country.
ANNCR: Call Representative Darryl Metcalfe at 717-783-1707 and tell him to resign - because attacking America's patriots is the most unpatriotic thing you can do. A message from Operation Free. Paid for by Vote Vets Action Fund.
You can listen to the ad here.