Blumenthal Endorsed Despite Vietnam Controversy

Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 11:54 PM EDT
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Blumenthal Endorsed Despite Vietnam Controversy

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Richard Blumenthal has survived, winning the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

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He admitted to misspeaking about his military record during Vietnam just days ago, but democrats are overwhelming backing Richard Blumenthal as their candidate in the race for U.S. Senate.

"Ladies and gentlemen, the next United States Senator is Richard Blumenthal," announced Democratic State Chair Nancy DiNardo.

It wasn’t a surprise as the votes came in that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was the favorite for the Democratic nod for Senator.  "Number one, I think he’s well qualified for the position," said Bristol Mayor Art Ward.

About halfway through the voting process, candidate Merrick Alpert also saw the writing on the wall.  "If it is alright with you folks who have given their trust to vote for me, I would like to formally withdraw my name from nomination," Alpert announced to the delegates.  He then threw his support behind Blumenthal

"I wanted to make certain that we are a unified party going into the November election.  We’re going to need to be, and I’m proud to stand here and endorse Richard Blumenthal for the United States Senate," said Alpert.

As Blumenthal took the stage, he did address this week’s controversy over his service record in the Vietnam War, but he also touted his decades of service to Connecticut.

"You all have been hearing what my wife Cynthia has been telling me for 30 years, that I’m not perfect, that I make mistakes, but you also know that I’m a fighter, and I want to thank you for your support, for your support in some of the tough times we’ve had together," said Blumenthal.

He also vowed to keep serving the people of Connecticut as he always has.  "I will never back down, I will never stop fighting for the people of Connecticut," he said.

One thing was different at this convention.  After Blumenthal left the stage, he didn’t field questions.  Instead he was rushed out the door into his waiting car.  "I’ve said what I have to say for right now," he told reporters, as they asked about an apology in the service controversy.

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