Democratic Opponent Says Special Forces Colonel “Not Qualified” for Congress

A retired Army colonel who served with the elite Special Forces — and who is now running for Congress — is being accused by his Democratic congressional opponent of being unqualified to serve in Congress.

Chris Perkins is running for the 11th congressional seat in Virginia, which encompasses the Washington, DC, suburbs and a large constituency of federal government employees. Perkins served most of his 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret overseas.

But incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly recently told The Washington Post, which has endorsed his candidacy, that Perkins’ military service makes him unqualified to hold federal office because he has not been civically engaged in the 11th District.

In response, Perkins says Connolly has been bragging about his career in government.

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