McNerney rushes Rush

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has declared war on Rush Limbaugh.

McNerney’s campaign sent this out today:

You won’t believe this.

Yesterday, right-wing icon Rush Limbaugh insulted everyone who has served our nation in uniform.

In an exchange with a caller, he actually called troops who return from Iraq and voice their opposition to the war “phony soldiers.”

Where does Rush Limbaugh get the moral standing to pass judgment on our heroes who wore this nation’s uniform and returned to exercise their First Amendment rights? Even for Rush, that’s too far!

Will you join me in calling the following radio stations to demand they take Rush’s show off the air?

KWSX in Stockton – (209) 551-1280
KSFO in San Francisco – (415) 954-7449
KFBK in Sacramento – (916) 929-5325

I can’t do it justice to simply describe it, so below is the show’s transcript:

CALLER: No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.

LIMBAUGH: The phony soldiers.

CALLER: The phony soldiers. If you talk to a real soldier, they are proud to serve. They want to be over in Iraq. They understand their sacrifice, and they’re willing to sacrifice for their country.

I’ve talked to lots of real soldiers. My son is a real soldier who signed up for the Air Force after the horrific attacks on September 11th. To suggest that men and women in uniform who serve and return critical of a conflict are “phony” is appalling – and it’s wrong.

This is the latest, and most insulting, in a string of right-wing talking points that insult the sacrifice and commitment made by our military men and women.

Serving in Iraq, knowing the harsh reality of that conflict, earns a soldier the right to be truthful and critical. And it should certainly earn them more respect from a chickenhawk like Rush Limbaugh.

Demand these local stations take the Rush Limbaugh show off the air.

KWSX in Stockton – (209) 551-1280
KSFO in San Francisco – (415) 954-7449
KFBK in Sacramento – (916) 929-5325

Thank you for everything you do,

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.