Army Reprimanded Dem. Senate Candidate John Walsh in 2010

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Montana’s Democratic Senate candidate John Walsh was reprimanded by the U.S. Army in 2010 for pressuring National Guardsmen to join a private lobbying group.

As the head of Montana’s Department of Military Affairs, Walsh had been pressuring subordinates to join the National Guard Association of the United States, a lobbying group for the National Guard. Walsh was hoping to be named vice chairman of the association.

The Associated Press reports:

Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli wrote in the reprimand that Walsh’s actions were inconsistent with the conduct expected of senior leaders, according to a copy of the Oct. 1, 2010, memo obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.

"Your failure to adhere to the Army Values causes me to question your ability to lead," Chiarelli wrote.

The Democrat is running for Sen. Max Baucus’ (D., Mont.) soon-to-be vacant seat in 2015. Walsh currently serves as Montana lieutenant governor and retired from the military as a brigadier general of the Montana National Guard.