A Democratic candidate for the Washington state House of Representatives has been accused of lying about his military service by his father.
According to the Everett Herald, Clyde Shavers, a candidate for the 10th District, claims in his campaign that his father, Brett Shavers, served for eight years as an officer on a nuclear submarine.
The Herald claimed it got in touch with the senior Shavers to confirm it was really him who penned a letter to Greg Gilday, a Republican opponent.
According to the report, Brett Shavers said over the phone, “I have told him not to do embellishments and exaggerations and it continued and continued, it just reached a point where it’s affecting everyone’s integrity and honesty.”
“Clyde was never a submarine officer, not even for a day,” the letter declared, addressing a number of concerns Shavers had with his son’s campaign literature.
“Prior to Clyde’s announcement to run for office, he had asked me how to explain his failure of the submarine officer pipeline training,” Brett Shavers wrote. “I stressed to Clyde that he must be truthful and simply state that he went through the many weeks of training. Yet, as seen in campaign materials, Clyde chose instead to claim that he was a submarine officer.”
“I explicitly explained to him that this is akin to claiming to be a Navy SEAL who never [completed] the training yet being awarded the badge reflecting the position.”
A retired Marine named Shavers stated in a letter that his kid “has only disdain for the military.”
“There are no words that I have that could come close to overemphasize Clyde’s negative view of the military, his disdain of enlisted service members, and his revulsion to wear the uniform,” he wrote. “This is from conversations that I have had with my son, when trying to convey the honor and privilege of being able to wear such a uniform fell flat on his ears.”
31-yo Democrat Clyde Shavers, who's running for state House seat, has apparently lied about military service, family background, history of homelessness and farming… He does live in a bed & breakfast on Whidbey, though — Harsh words from HIS OWN FATHER: https://t.co/EjcDT1Y5sN
— Rachel Riley (@rachel_m_riley) November 1, 2022
KIRO-TV reported that Clyde Shavers’ website removed the claim of navy service aboard a submarine after the letter was publicly disclosed.
The candidate accused politics of dividing his family in a statement.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“His political letter is inaccurate and, personally, very painful to me as his son,” Clyde Shavers said, according to KIRO. “To be clear, this letter is all about politics. While I haven’t spoken to my father for some time, I know that he was at the Capitol on January 6th – At the time of those texts, I was on military duty in Bahrain. I reached out to my father to let him know that I was safe, and he told me about his intention to travel to Washington, D.C. on January 6th.
“This is the kind of politics that’s tearing apart families and communities, and my campaign is about healing and moving forward.” CONTINUE READING…