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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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