Though the 1986 campaign is long over with, your editorial staff just could not resist reprinting that old pack of lies about my military service record, "Dornan's Broken (War) Record," (Dec. 6). But why should I expect otherwise? After all, the lies were originally spread by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with the willing compliance of your paper during that campaign.
It also comes as no surprise to find out that the author of this attack-dog "Commentary," Joseph N. Bell, is a registered-Democrat doing his liberal party leadership's bidding. But like The Times and the Democratic Party, Bell deliberately twisted his facts.
In six congressional campaigns, I have never run on my "war record." I don't have one. I was a peacetime U.S. Air Force fighter pilot (1953-1958). But I've never run on my excellent peacetime military record either--check the campaign literature. I have always included military service in any biographic information because I am proud of it. However, it was never a central, or even peripheral, campaign issue until your paper and the Democratic Party made it one last year.
I did not bring up my military record during the '86 campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did. Then with goose-stepping precision, The Times and the Democratic Party shamelessly and dishonorably tried to trash my honorable (and quite dangerous) service to our country. So I defended my honor in Orange County and corrected the lies on the floor of the House of Representatives.