"The Democrats had never run anybody who spent a lot of time in the Marine Corps," he says. "I also knew there were a lot of people—Republican veterans—who considered Darrell Issa a no-show, a Casper the Ghost."
Veterans at the rally echoed this sentiment, remarking that Applegate "knows what it's like," while Issa, as one former Marine put it, has been "slow on his feet" to address veterans' issues. Another called Issa, who is an Army vet, "absent" and said he only has time for photo ops. (The Issa campaign did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.)Read More