Chaplain's Congress Bid Announcement May Have Violated Military Rule
11 Apr 2018
The Associated Press
DOVER, Del. — A Republican candidate for Delaware's lone House of Representatives seat may have violated a policy barring active-duty military from engaging in partisan political speech.
The News Journal reports Brig. Gen. Kenneth "Ed" Brandt announced his intention to run during a Kent County Republican dinner Friday. Brandt is a high-ranking U.S. ArmyNational Guard chaplain.
A U.S. Department of Defense directive forbids active-duty service members from speaking before partisan political gatherings. The Army secretary can grant exemptions for those seeking elected office.
Brandt's campaign didn't respond to the newspaper's requests for comment. Delaware GOP Chair Michael Harrington said Brandt said he'd been cleared to run. Delaware National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Len Gratteri said Brandt still "has some technical issues he has to work through."