Wednesday, May 16, 2018

11th District DRAMA: Kerry Serves Rocky With $10 Million Lawsuit For Defamation Over Military Service Comments (At A Debate!)

Bentivolio, left, Rocky, right

By Brandon Hall
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Former Congressman Kerry Bentivolio is fighting hard to win back his old Congressional seat after Rep. David Trott's retirement, and he is upset with what one of his opponents allegedly said about his military service record.

Bentivolio filed a lawsuit in the Oakland County Circuit Court seeking $10 million in damages for comments  Rocky Raczkowski, who is also running, allegedly made claiming that Bentivolio has lied about his military service record.

Raczkowski is a businessman in the metro Detroit area.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

"Bentivolio's lawyer, commentator and author Debbie Schlussel, said she has statements from people documenting that Raczkowski, a former state representative and retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, has made false claims about Bentivolio’s record and several medals his military record shows he received. Bentivolio served in the Army and later in the National Guard.

Schlussel said Bentivolio – who did receive a Vietnam Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars for his service in the Army in the 1970s – never made those claims.

“Rocky is a liar,” Schlussel said.

“I have brought it up lately because he demeaned my military service,” Raczkowski said of Bentivolio. He added that the lawsuit was served on him at a debate Monday night at the Emagine Novi theater by a retired military man in uniform. Military rules prohibit the wearing of uniforms to political events even by retired personnel."


(The fact that Debbie Schlussel filed the lawsuit, which is likely to be thrown out, is certainly telling given her history of outrageous slander, libel, and lies.)

Stay tuned!


Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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