Congressman Butterfield's Website Draws Concern From Former Marine

A former Marine in the east is upset at a local congressman's staff, after he says they ignored his requests to remove a flawed Marine photo on the congressman's website.

The picture on Congressman G.K. Butterfield's website used to show three servicemen and women in full dress.

Officials at Cherry Point tell WITN that members of the military are not allowed to endorse politicians, so when you see one a website or brochure, its just someone portraying a military member. But Cherry point officials say even then, the uniform cannot be identical to what servicemembers wear, it has to be altered slightly because It is against the law to impersonate any member of the military.

Former Marine David Sheehan says the depiction on Congressman Butterfield's website went too far, and found the uniform alterations offensive. "I kind of expect the television and movies and things like that to not be accurate, but this is a U.S. Congressman representing a large military community."

A member of the congressman's staff told us Tuesday that the congressman would never knowingly use such a flawed photo. It has since been removed from the website.


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  • by Rodney Ballance Location: Williamston, NC on Sep 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    I’ve heard Republicans refer to all Democrats as tax and spend liberals. I’m a Democrat because generations of my family have been Democrats. Our family’s been supportive of a Democratic Party who traditionally championed individual’s rights over the power of Government. As a conservative Democrat, I’d like to set the record straight. The extreme liberal left doesn’t represent me, and are as disgusting to me as those attacks from the right. The Democratic Party I’m a part of used to be focused on protecting the oppressed, and people like me. The 1964 civil rights act, for example was crucial in reminding everyone of The Declaration of Independence that says “All men are created equal”. Part of this protection should include being over taxed by a government with no fiscal responsibility. Democrats should be the first to say STOP wasteful spending! We should be the first to say we’re not comfortable with our Nation’s debt. We are sending $500million in interest every day to o
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    The sleezballs will do or say anthing they can to help their cause. The truth or facts are completley irrevelanct. Remember at election time that these career politicians care less about the voters. It is all about them and their retirement.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Tell us how you really feel Tim.. Maybe you should take a nice long vacation in Iran or N. Korea since it is so bad over here and all. I would hate for you to feel trapped over here and will offer my hand in taking you to the nearest airport.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Sep 2, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    This guy is out for votes and the terrific retirement this position carries with it. Where else in the world can you work a job for 4 years and get such a retirement package?
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Sep 1, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    Hey Tarheel, Butterfield is a probama socialist twit. The incorrect portrayal of the Marines was what was intended. Obama, pelosi, the murdering Kenedy that just croaked, and the rest of the would be socialists hate our military and oppose at the top of their lungs what our fine military men and women are representing; A true free country protected by them from all threats, foreign and DOMESTIC. Wake up people, Obama and all his socialist cronies, including this liar, Butterfield are working feverishly to do away with exactly what the military represents. Please patriots, vote all of their socialist @$$es out of office as soon as you can. Let ole' GK give Obama the "black power" sign from his home-as an ex-congressman. (I remember when he did that at ECU during Captain Ineptitude's visit) Lavon, save your blah blah blah, unfortunately I saw Palin the super-bimbo speak to, she was as big a joke as obama, but....didn't need teleprompter!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2009 at 07:00 PM
    Does he dislike white people, none on his website.
  • by DISGRUNTLED Location: AYDEN, NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    CONGRESSMEN ADMITTEDLY DO NOT READS THE BILLS THAT THEY VOTE ON, SO WHY SHOULD WE BE SUPRISED WHEN THEY DO NOT THE POLICY ON THE MILITARY ENDORSING POLITICIAS OR WEARING OF UNIFORMS? AND THESE ARE OUR LEADERS?
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Did you expect anything else from our wonderful elected officials? He wasn't aware of this ? It's his official web site. How can he not be aware of it? All of our government needs to get their heads out of the sand and do their jobs.
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