Veterans of Foreign Wars leaders wonder why VFW-PAC keeps endorsing Democratic incumbents

After the VFW issued a puzzling endorsement of Barbara Boxer over Carly Fiorina in the California senate race last week, the national leaders of the organization issued a press release basically saying, hey we don't know what the VFW's political action committee and maybe we should shut it down:

The national line officers of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are at odds with the VFW Political Action Committee (PAC), calling the methodology process used by the PAC “seriously flawed at best this year and in immediate need of extensive review,” in the wake of the recent congressional endorsements made by the committee.

“Even though the law requires that VFW-PAC be a separate organization, the acronym ‘VFW’ is attached to the committee and the natural assumption is that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is somehow making the endorsement decisions. Nothing could be further from the truth, but perception is reality,” said National Commander Richard Eubank.

“Obviously, an organization's political positions have to reflect the opinions of its members. But those opinions can't be perceived as ‘off the wall,’ and the methodology used this year to grade candidates obviously is skewed in favor of the incumbent. That isn’t fair, and it actually subverts the democratic process.”

Because of the controversy surrounding the endorsements, VFW line officers have decided to bring the question of continued existence of the PAC to the floor during the 112th VFW national convention in August.

Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey notes that it isn't just Boxer — the VFW-PAC has made a series of inexplicable endorsements:

The VFW PAC issued ten endorsements over the past week of Democratic incumbents, including Rick Klein over Col. Allen West, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Alan Grayson, all in Florida, and all considered rather Left-leaning.

They endorsed Rick Klein over an actual veteran of a foreign war? And nutjob Alan Grayson? I'd love to hear the justification for these endorsements.

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