Solid Republican: Rhode Island Rep. Daniel Gordon. He’s new to the legislating game, but he’s not new to the government. He’s got a serious criminal record that he hid from voters in 2010 while he campaigned for office:
In September 1996, Gordon, an ex-Marine, while living in Taunton, was arrested by city police on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and two other weapons charges . .
In November 2001, Taunton police arrested him on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend, Michelle Nelson, and threatened to kill her. He pleaded guilty to both charges and was ordered to serve 28 days in jail . .
On May 31, 2004, the Fall River police arrested Gordon on charges of attempted murder and assault and battery after they responded to a 911 emergency call of a woman screaming for help on Durfee Street. Two officers arrived and found a woman, Helen Daley, “crying hysterically” on the steps outside 313 Durfee St. She told one of the officers, “He tried to kill me.”
He has an excuse for all the bad behavior. As a Marine in Iraq, he was injured in battle, so he suffers from PTSD. He’s been boozing it up ever since, and his judgment suffered. He’s sorry. Except . .
Lawmaker’s Gulf War claims, records don’t match
CBS News | Sept. 24, 2011
Military service records for a Rhode Island lawmaker who has blamed a string of legal troubles on combat stress he suffered in the 1991 Gulf War indicate he never served in the Middle East.
State Rep. Daniel Gordon’s Marine Corps records, obtained by The Associated Press, list him as an aircraft technician who served from 1987 to 1991 in the U.S. and Japan. Gordon has said his leg was injured by shrapnel outside Baghdad.
Gordon’s records also list no Purple Heart award for an injury . .
Folks in Rhode Island could’ve gotten a hint of the warrior charade if they’d read his ‘Biography’ page. Under ‘General Background,’ he does a fair Rambo impersonation, Hollywood magic and all. Instead of urban warfare, he engaged in “Military Operations on Urban Terrain.” Instead of guerrilla warfare, it’s “Operations against Guerrilla Units.” Instead of counter-terrorism, he was “Trained in Terrorism Counteractions.” He’s about to be de-mobilized.