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Did you know Mike Garcia was a fighter pilot?

| News | April 30, 2020

It is widely known that Mike Garcia being a former Navy fighter pilot figures prominently in his congressional campaign. It also has been ripe for parody, newspaper questioning and comment from the Christy Smith campaign.

The satirical Santa Clarita Advance Post Times posted on its website what it called “an advanced copy of a devastating new ad for Mike Garcia for Congress. This rad video … is going to absolutely crush Christy Smith in the election with its pure kickass awesomeness. Did you know he was a fighter pilot? Hell yeah he was a fighter pilot.”

The two-minute video shows footage of Navy pilots flying, some of which appears to be straight out of “Top Gun,” mixed with footage of Garcia smiling, walking at Vazquez Rocks and inspecting what looks like a template for a wall at the southern border.

The soundtrack is filled with hard-rocking guitar riffs, and the lyrics include 37 F-bombs.

The Gazette also has noticed the Garcia campaign’s propensity for using “Naval fighter pilot” and has asked what that has to do with his running for Congress. The campaign has said it is important for the district representative to have a seat on the Armed Services Committee.

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In fact, the last three representatives, Katie Hill, Steve Knight and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, served on the committee, with McKeon rising to chairman.
The Garcia campaign also put out a press release saying some veterans objected to the words in the Los Angeles Times’ endorsement of Smith.

The editorial’s only mention of Garcia’s military career is, “We can see why Republicans might be attracted to Mike Garcia. The former Navy pilot and Raytheon executive has an unusual resume and a nice backstory as the son of a Mexican immigrant. But having a good origin story doesn’t translate into legislative competence.”

Garcia campaign spokesman Lance Trover said he objected to “unusual resume.”

“I think saying that about someone who served our country, flew 30 missions in operation Iraqi freedom is a disparagement,” Trover wrote in an email.
The conservative Washington Examiner posted a 45-second YouTube video that shows Smith saying of Garcia, “Did you know he’s a pilot? That had escaped me.”

She also said on the video that, referring to their respective backgrounds in last week’s virtual candidate forum, “He’s got pictures of planes behind him. I’ve got Constitutional law books … The irony of it.”

Smith spokesperson Kunal Atit said, “Christy Smith was born in an army hospital and grew up in a military family. She has the deepest respect for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. Without question, Christy respects and deeply appreciates Mike Garcia’s service to our country.”

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3 Responses to “Did you know Mike Garcia was a fighter pilot?”

  1. Ron Bischof on April 30, 2020 @ 3:32 pm

    Gee, Lee!

    To my mind, there appears to be some important missing context from this story.

    If fact, Smith spokesperson Kunal Atit drew heavily on that context.

    Noting the time this piece posted, I’m fairly certain you’re familiar with it. In case reader’s aren’t, I’ll supply the missing context.

    In a video that surfaced from an online Indivisible Day of Action last Saturday, Smith spoke candidly with supporters about her thoughts related to Garcia’s time as a Navy fighter.

    “Did you guys know he was a pilot? … That escaped me,” Smith said.

    “Really? I read about it on his campaign website,” an unidentified supporter of Smith’s replied as giggles could be heard in the background.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/california-democrat-and-supporters-mock-republican-opponents-military-background

    Christy Smith’s apology for her intemperate speech a few days later:

    https://twitter.com/christyforca25/status/1255572199844360193

  2. I thought all Navy fighter pilots were good looking – like Tom Cruise or Duke Cunningham – so what’s going on here? And don’t they have high moral standards? A Don Trump endorsement is a kiss of death. Yikes, Mike! Think this whole thing over. You don’t want to be a joke for the rest of your life.

  3. i hope mike garcia whips her behind to hell, go mike go we deplorables need you

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