Citing a report at Penn Live, Breitbart.com’s AWR Hawkins reported that a photo has emerged showing George Scott, a Democrat running for the House seat currently held by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., holding a gun to the head of a U.S. soldier in what was described as a “prank” about the handling of captives.
According to Penn Live:
There’s Democratic nominee George Scott, then a captain in the U.S. Army, pointing a gun at what would appear to be the head of an unidentified captive in a photo taken nearly 30 years ago. The “captive” is actually another American soldier in what was intended as a comic image, Scott said. The weapon was unloaded, he said.
Scott is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, a York County Republican, in what has emerged as one of Pennsylvania’s most competitive congressional battlegrounds for a seat encompassing Dauphin and parts of Cumberland and York counties.
Scott said the photo was taken at or near completion of Operation Just Cause in Panama, the 1989-90 mission in which U.S. troops were asked to oust dictator Manuel Noreiga and protect American citizens.
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The image shows Scott grinning with a colleague in a Panamanian forces hat. Scott said they are celebrating the successful end of a mission. The finger, Scott supporters add, is not on the trigger.
But Ken Matthews, a talk radio host who sometimes fills in for Rush Limbaugh, wasn’t impressed and found nothing at all funny about the photo. Posting the image on Facebook, Matthews made it clear he doesn’t want Scott anywhere near the House of Representatives:
Noting that the image began circulating on social media on Friday, Penn Live actually asked: “How much does this matter with voters?”
The article continues:
Perry’s campaign is hoping it will resonate and is planning to use the picture in broadcast advertisements through the last days of the campaign, according to sources. Election Day is Tuesday.
There’s a fundamental question the image raises about George Scott’s judgment, a campaign source said Friday night.
“When you’re going through this campaign, it’s kind of like the ultimate job interview, right?,” said the Perry source, who asked not to be identified because the ad in question had not aired yet.
“If you were the human resources person for any employer and you are interviewing someone for a job, and someone passes something like that along to you, does that give you pause?”
It should give voters pause, especially given the violence that has been embraced by the radical Democrat Party.
Carlisle resident John Rovegno, a retired Army colonel and a Perry supporter, said the photo reflects poorly on Scott as an officer.
“The very first thing we teach people is do not ever point a weapon at someone unless you’re planning on shooting them,” he said.
“I’ve been with foreign military forces where they use the term ‘celebratory fire’ and shoot rounds into the air,” he added. “But I’ve never seen a U.S. soldier shoot a weapon in the air, and I’ve never seen a U.S. soldier pointing a weapon at somebody else.”
The Scott campaign, meanwhile, calls the photo a “distraction” and a “low blow.”
Scott, Penn Live said, served for 20 years, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Penn Live, by the way, endorsed Scott for the House seat in October.
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