Who Are "Vietnam Vets Against John Kerry"?

Kerry’s positions on defense issues and his opposition to the Vietnam War are both legitimate political issues and well worthy of discussion. However, the motivation of this anti-Kerry demonstration is quite dubious.

The leader of “Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry”, Ted Sampley, is a con man who has been making an excellent living off his POW-MIA non-profit organization. Sampley was one of those who helped George W. Bush smear John McCain in the 2000 Republican primary.

In McCain’s words: “I am well familiar with Mr. Sampley, and I know him to be one of the most despicable people I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. I consider him a fraud who preys on the hopes of family members of missing servicemen for his own profit.”

Ironically, one of the operatives attacking McCain for Bush, Thomas Burch, attacked the first President Bush in 1988 for naming the National Guardsman Dan Quayle as his Vice Presidential candidate! Apparently it’s not just Democrats who have questions about the Vietnam-era National Guard.

Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry

McCain on Sampley

Sampley’s non-profit; Burch

More on Burch and Sampley

2000 McCain smear; Burch attacking Bush the First

Conason on McCain and Kerry Smears