Hunter Waters the Plant

By Ed O'Keefe

Nov 29, 2007 5:39pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Duncan Hunter loves a good fight, especially when his rhetorical opponent is Hillary Clinton.

After it became apparent that the retired gay Brigadier General, Keith Kerr, who asked Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to defend the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy toward homosexuals at Wednesday’s Republican debate was in fact an outspoken supporter of Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y., the Democratic nominee whose husband (no little bit of irony here) enacted the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy at the outset of his presidency, Hunter penned a short, playful, and sort of odd letter to the former first lady.

Here is the letter in its entirety:

November 29, 2007

Dear Senator Clinton,

Regarding the "plant", retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr, that you sent to ask me the question at the CNN-YouTube debate last night in Florida …

Send more!!!

Merry Christmas,
Duncan Hunter

It should be noted, the Clinton campaign has disavowed any formal association with Kerr.

"At last night’s GOP debate, Retired General Keith Kerr posed a question to the GOP field but was not identified as a supporter of Senator Clinton. General Kerr is not a campaign employee and was not acting on behalf of the Clinton campaign," said Clinton campaign spokesperson Phil Singer.

At the debate, Kerr, who was in the audience, told Hunter via a grainy Youtube video: "I want to know why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians?"

Hunter, an airborne ranger during Vietnam and whose son Duncan Duane Hunter is currently serving as a Marine Captain in Afghanistan, responded, "General, thanks for your service, but I believe in what Colin Powell said when he said that having openly homosexual people serving in the ranks would be bad for unit cohesion."

Hunter continued to explain his position, "The reason for that, even though people point to the Israelis and point to the Brits and point to other people as having homosexuals serve, is that most Americans, most kids who leave that breakfast table and go out and serve in the military and make that corporate decision with their family, most of them are conservatives. They have conservative values, and they have Judeo-Christian values." 

"To force those people to work in a small tight unit with somebody who is openly homosexual goes against what they believe to be their principles, and it is their principles, is I think a disservice to them.  I agree with Colin Powell that it would be bad for unit cohesion," the California Congressman concluded.

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