Dad of Democratic State House candidate says his son is lying about military service
A Democratic candidate for State House in Washington is embroiled in an ongoing dispute with his family over the veracity of his military service.
The father of Clyde Shavers, the Democratic candidate for Washington state’s 10th legislative district, claims in a newly published letter that his son lied about his US Navy service details, according to local media outlet Herald Net.
Clyde Shavers ran on a rig emphasizing his service in the US Navy, claiming he was set up as a nuclear submarine office – a position that requires a large amount of training and three separate courses.
“Clyde was never a submarine officer, not even a day,” wrote Brett Shavers.
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Brett Shavers, a former Marine, went on to dismiss any notion that his son proudly served in the military, going so far as to say that Clyde Shavers had a “contempt” for enlisted servicemen.
“Clyde has nothing but contempt for the military. I’ve seen Clyde’s use of veteran status widely used as a seal of honor and integrity, even though he or his campaign continually use the phrase ‘navy son’ for his credibility,” Brett Shavers wrote.
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He continued, “There are no words I have that could come close to Clyde’s negative view of the military, his disdain for enlisted servicemen and his revulsion to wear uniform.”
Brett Shavers reportedly sent the signed letter Sunday to the campaign of Greg Gilday – Clyde’s Republican opponent. The text was then published in local media, including the Daily Herald and the Herald Net.
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Brett Shavers went on to claim in his letter that his son was also only tied to the 10th Legislative District by renting a bed and breakfast in the area.
He also claims that Clyde Shavers embellished his family history and legal credentials.
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Clyde Shavers flatly denied his father’s claims, saying the letter was “inaccurate” and “all about politics”.
“His political letter is inaccurate and personally very painful to me as a son,” Shavers said of his father’s claims. “To be clear, this letter is all about politics.”
He continued, “This is the kind of politics that tears families and communities apart, and my campaign is about healing and moving forward.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to Clyde Shavers and Brett Shavers for comment.