The support of a Republican candidate for a congressional seat in northwest Ohio evaporated overnight after an investigation revealed he lied about his deployment to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday pulled nearly $1 million in advertising bookings originally reserved to promote JR Majewski, a Trump-backed QAnon supporter who attended the Jan. 6 riot and encouraged Republican states to secede from the union.
Sources familiar with the committee told Politico that they bought $960,000 worth of ads in the Toledo, Ohio market, believing Majewski could win the district. They returned this purchase on Thursday.
In campaign appearances, Majewski portrayed himself as an Air Force combat veteran who endured “harsh” conditions in Afghanistan, where he said he spent weeks without access to running water.
And a biography published by the House Republican Campaign Committee attests that “Majewski’s squadron was one of the first in Afghanistan after 9/11.”
But documents released Wednesday by The Associated Press show he never went to Afghanistan during his time in the Air Force.
Instead, Majewski’s closest to the country was a six-month stint in Qatar, where he helped load planes. Most of his active duty was spent at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan.
Ohio’s 9th Congressional District is currently represented by Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur. Despite her status as the longest-serving woman in the history of the US House of Representatives, redistricting shifted the district to the right, putting her re-election at risk.