Tauscher: I’ve been ‘slimed’

The Washington Post reports that when Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, visited Iraq last weekend, she found Green Zone personnel had been prepped for her arrival with the distribution of a brief bio noting her statements against the war:

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It’s not entirely accurate.

The bio says Tauscher’s latest vote on Iraq was in favor of legislation requiring troop withdrawal to start within 120 days of the bill’s enactment. She did vote for that bill in July, but she also she voted this month for her own bill requiring that any regular Armed Forces member or unit deployed to Iraq must then have an equal period of time at home before being redeployed, and that no unit or member of a Reserve component including the National Guard be redeployed to Iraq within three years of their previous deployment.

But knowing that, of course, might’ve endeared Tauscher to some of the troops clutching those bios as she visited, she noted to the Post. “This is beyond parsing. This is being slimed in the Green Zone.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.