Press Release from:
Col. Francis X. Ryan, USMCR (Ret), Pa State Representative, PA-101
Kathy Barnette has been surging in the Pennsylvania race for the U. S. Senate in recent days. Despite having talked with Kathy in late 2020 and occasionally since then, I came to realize that I know little to nothing about her background and capability for the incredibly important United States Senate seat.
Now, only days before the May 17 primary election, Kathy Barnette is still a mystery. It is worrisome that so little is known about her background because anything negative is almost certain to be unearthed by Democrats in the campaign for the November general election.
She claims to have served 10 years in the Army Reserves and to have been accepted for officer training. But we don’t know the dates of her service or whether she completed the training or the rank she attained. In looking at the very few documents allegedly about her military service, the available facts do not correlate and that is troubling to me.
The Examiner reporter quotes a Barnette campaign manager as saying, “Kathy keeps her early life as private as possible.” Sorry, that’s unacceptable.
I served in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves as well as on active duty in harm’s way, and I would hope that someone running for any office would be willing to answer questions about their service. I know Doug Mastriano did, and I expect the same from Kathy.
For clarity, I offer the following: To be a veteran, a service member must have:
180 days of consecutive active duty (not counting training).
Or one day in a combat zone: served on Active Duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized.
Served in the National Guard or Reserve for 20 years and retired under honorable conditions (passed 2016).
“All candidates should face scrutiny and pointed questions about their biographies, their positions, their life experiences, and their work experiences,” writes Selena Zito, Washington Examiner political reporter. “Barnette, to date, has not faced them.”
Much more needs to be known before Republican voters send Kathy Barnette into a bruising fall campaign. Either she starts answering questions thus far being rejected by the campaign, or any one of a number of other qualified candidates should be nominated.
Ms. Zito says the Barnette “team is trying to run out the clock.” That’s what football teams do when they have lead. But this election is not a game. It is about the future of our country.
Kathy, the very balance of power in the United States Senate may rest on this election in Pennsylvania. Please give us answers to these questions. You do not have the right to hide the answer to these questions.