Sen. Al Franken has long been a supporter of the military and its men. So it is no surprise that he took T. Boone Pickens to task for Boone’s financial support of the Swift Boat ads that besmirched Sen. John Kerry’s military record.
T. Boone was to present his ideas on wind energy to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Upon being introduced, Sen. Franken “began to berate Pickens for funding an ad campaign that depicted Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as not deserving of the military honors he received during the Vietnam War.”
Other Senate Democrats gave Pickens a warm welcome, Politico said. Kerry did not attend, his staff saying he “had a long scheduled lunch with interns and pages.”
I wish Sen. Kerry had shown up and demonstrated a class act riposte to T. Boone for his role in Kerry’s defeat in 2004. I am not a fan of Sen. Kerry but, like Sen Franken, I was offended at the dishonoring of a Vietnam veteran and public servant.