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Letter: Gillibrand should put country before politics

Gillibrand should put country before politics

There is a federal government rule that states when a military person leaves active duty he/she must wait seven years prior to going into government service as a civilian. However, this rule was waived in the past for a top candidate, Gen. George C. Marshall, who was appointed to the job in 1950.

This should also be the case for Lt. Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Yet no sooner after he was nominated, our junior senator stated in no uncertain terms that she will not vote to waive this rule. This would not allow qualified people such as Mattis to serve in our government. He must get 61 Senate votes to be approved.

This really shows her concern more for her politics than for the betterment of the country. I would ask Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to rethink this opposition, thus depriving a great general from becoming defense secretary. If she keeps this obstructionist view, her future in the U.S. Senate will accomplish nothing for New York State. The Republican majority will not forget her opposition to a great man.

Ned C. DiPasquale

Hamburg

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