This is a campaign sign for Carlos Del Toro, who is the Democrat candidate running against incumbent Delegate Mark Cole (R) in my Virginia district. Notice anything unusually tacky about it? It is one thing to use one’s military service as a commendable part of their resume for public office it is quite another to do so in this fashion. The “(RET.)” may skirt DoD regs and election laws, but his use of military rank like this violates the spirit of them and is certainly crass behavior on the part of a retired officer. It should be noted that Cole himself is a retired US Navy Commander, yet nowhere on his campaign signs do I see this kind of crude display as I do with Del Toro. Now since I am voting for Cole due to his views on many issues all of this may seem just a wee bit partisan on my part. Nope, not at all. When Republicans do this it is just as bad and I invite everyone to bring this to the attention of the offending campaigns and the public-at-large. I honor those who serve or have served in the military and while it isn’t a requirement, do see it as a bonus when choosing a candidate. Yet military service should not be cheapened like this.
— John (Average Gay Joe)