The head of the group, John Hurley, a semi-retired Wellesley lawyer, works full-time for the Kerry campaign, and has worked on Kerry's previous campaigns dating back to at least 1984, by his own account. He also marched in the John Kerry/VVAW-organized "Dewey Canyon III" in 1971. (The medal-tossing protest.) Read for yourself.
Hurley also has reportedly made calls to try to strong-arm people into changing their recollections of Kerry's VVAW past (such as his presence at the meeting discussing the plot to assassinate Senators.)
He even posted this note searching for one of Kerry's crew in November, 1996 - remember this when they suggest that Kerry's "Band of Brothers" reassembled on their own. In case it's purged later, here's what it says:
Trying to locate: Delbert "Del" Sandusky
Branch of Service: Navy
Unit was: swift boats
Where served: the Delta
When served: 1969
Message is: Trying to locate Delbert Sandusky for reunion of Swift Boat 94.
Please contact: John Hurley
Mailing address: 78 Longfellow Rd
City, State, Zip: Wellesley, MA 02181
Or send email to John Hurley using this automatic email form BQI@AOL.com
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth get grilled about whether they've ever voted for a Republican, attacked for their contributors, and treated like stealth political operatives. Yet every talk show Hurley has appeared on - from Hannity, to Hardball to Scarborough - gives a free pass to the guy who actually *is* a political operative.
John Hurley is a longtime Democrat activist and John Kerry supporter. He is not part of any sort of spontaneously formed veterans group in support of Kerry, and it is very dishonest to allow him to present himself as anything other than what he is. Beyond that, his first meeting with Kerry was not in the service, but in the anti-war movement - a "Band of Brothers" with whom Kerry's strongest loyalties, it would seem, still lie.