The Republican nominated to represent Ohio’s 9th Congressional District reportedly lied about his military service, claiming to have been at a front-line duty station in Afghanistan when he was actually assigned to a support base more than 1,000 away in Qatar, the Associated Press reports.
J.R. Majewski has regaled crowds with tales about the hardship he experienced when, he says, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the US Air Force, saying his Air Force unit “was one of the first on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11.” In fact, Majewski’s unit was never stationed in Afghanistan; it worked as a supply operation at an existing US base in Qatar.
Touting himself as an “Afghanistan War Veteran” in his campaign information and on swag, Majewski told stories about being under enemy fire and claims that because of the harsh front-line conditions, he had to go without a shower for 40 days. In fact, the Qatar airfield where Majewski was assigned had buildings for residences, and those buildings housed operational bathrooms, including showers, that Majewski regularly used.
Majewski is one of three Republican candidates who ran in the August primary, with the other two splitting the relatively sane establishment vote, allowing Majewski to win the nomination to take on long-time Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Prior to winning the primary, Majewski was best known for performing a white guy hip hop song praising Donald Trump and spraypainting a Trump campaign sign on his front yard so big it could be seen by passing aircraft because it’s definitely not a cult.