Mrozinski was joined by east Cobb’s Bill Stanley and Canton resident Scott McElroy, as the group went into detail about a record they say the candidate has exaggerated in speeches and forums.
“He has clearly stated things about himself that he is not,” Mrozinski said. “We are very disappointed.”
Loudermilk, a former state senator from Bartow County, faces former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna in the July 22 Republican runoff for the 11th Congressional District. The district encompasses a large piece of Cobb County, a slice of Fulton County and all of Cherokee and Bartow counties. Because no Democrat has entered the race, the winner is expected to fill the seat for the next two years.
Statements from Loudermilk during forums include, “I’ll commit to you as someone who knows the importance of national defense. I’ve lived in that arena. I worked in that arena, and as an aviator — as a pilot — I know the value and the importance that our aerospace and our airpower has,” according to Stanley.
Loudermilk has also recalled class discussions about “aerospace engineering and flight physics” during his time in the Air Force.
Though Loudermilk has a pilot’s license today, Mrozinski and Stanley have said his statements strongly imply he was a pilot in the military. But, according to the group, Loudermilk was never a pilot in the Air Force. They also say his service records offer no indication Loudermilk ever enrolled in classes about aerospace engineering and flight physics.
The forms released by Loudermilk state he was a communications and computer specialist during his eight years of military service.
Along with the veterans, Barr’s campaign manager Jeff Breedlove attended both news conferences.
Barr told the MDJ he isn’t behind the veterans’ message and downplayed campaign manager Jeff Breedlove’s presence.
“It was a public event,” Barr said. “Whenever we have an event, Barry has somebody there, and that’s fine.”
He added Mrozinski informed him of his intentions, but insists that was the full extent of his involvement in the news event.
Dan McLagan, spokesman for Loudermilk, said the accusations are an ineffective smear campaign.
“They’re drowning in a pool of their own blood,” McLagan said. “They’re getting slaughtered online. It’s brutal. They try to make an accusation when there’s no accusation. We released all the stuff they wanted.”
He said Barr is clearly behind the effort.
“Barr’s campaign manager was there (at the news conferences). Jeff Breedlove was there, a consultant. He was the one orchestrating it,” McLagan said. “(Barr spokesman) Derek Barr was on the radio talking about it. … They try to say it wasn’t them. It’s pretty clear that it was.”
Loudermilk has released a resume of his service and also a form DD 214, which shows his honorable release from military service.
Mrozinski said the release form and resume don’t always match up with the same type of inconsistencies they claim are in Loudermilk’s forum statements.
“This shows a clear pattern of embellishment,” Mrozinski said.
Stanley, an east Cobb resident, wrote a letter to the editor published in the June 20 MDJ outlining his problems with Loudermilk’s statements. He says he’s a Barr supporter but was not asked to write the piece by Barr.
Barr took 26 percent of the statewide vote during the May 20 primary, while Loudermilk took 37 percent. Four other candidates, including Mrozinski, were knocked out of the race that night.