RPV Condemns Cockburn for Anti-Military Language

Leslie Cockburn’s husband, Andrew, ridicules Denver Riggleman’s military career in quickly deleted tweet.

Richmond, VA – Yesterday, Andrew Cockburn, husband of Fifth District Democrat Leslie Cockburn, tweeted the following “critique” of Denver Riggleman’s military career:



While Cockburn decided to delete his entire Twitter account yesterday, RPV was lucky enough to obtain a screenshot.


From the Washington Post: “Riggleman, who served 11 years in the Air Force and works as a Defense Department contractor, brought up his military service when asked whether it was in the United States’ best interest to have troops in Afghanistan. He began by noting that 17 years had passed since he had planned the first bombing raids.”


From Riggleman’s website: “Between 1992 and 1996, Denver served in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a C-141 Starlifter enlisted avionics technician at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. Denver was awarded a scholarship to the University of Virginia in 1996. He graduated in 1998 and then subsequently served as a commissioned officer with the 366th Fighter Wing and 34th Bomb Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and in the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland.”


“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more out of touch, elitist attitude from a Congressional candidate,” said RPV Chairman and former U.S. Army Captain Jack Wilson. “When the going gets rough, our armed forces dig in and do the job. If the going got tough for Leslie Cockburn, she was never more than a phone call away from a plane back home. Her attitude toward military service is disgusting, and I cannot denounce it in strong enough terms.”

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