|Senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut|
From: January 5, 2011 - Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former Attorney General of Connecticut|
From: January 9, 1991 – January 5, 2011
|Former State Senator from Connecticut's 27th District|
From: January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
|Former State Representative from Connecticut's 145th District|
From: January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
|Spouse(s)||Cynthia Allison Malkin|
Richard “Da Nang Dick” Blumenthal (born February 13, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York) currently serves as the senior Democratic United States Senator from Connecticut, having defeated World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon in the race to replace retiring Chris Dodd. He was the lone freshman Democratic Senator in the 112th Congress. Previously Blumenthal served as the Attorney General of Connecticut for twenty years, and prior to that he was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and State Senate.
Attorney General of Connecticut
In 2007, the libertarian-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute ranked Blumenthal "the nation's worst state attorney general" and "a tireless crusader for growing the power of his own office and spreading largesse to his cronies." During the nationally televised Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Blumenthal demeaned an innocent classmate of Kavanaugh by name, and impugned her as a sexually promiscuous teenager 36 years later to attack Judge Kavanaugh.
According to National Journal, Blumenthal is one of the two most liberal Senators.
Blumenthal is well known for lying over the course of many years that he fought in the Vietnam War, having received no less than five deferments. Blumenthal is known for lecturing others on the importance of telling the truth despite shamelessly doing the opposite. The senator was called out by Donald Trump in an October 2018 rally by the nickname “Da Nang Dick”, with Da Nang being a province in Vietnam and “Dick” being a nickname for “Richard”. Even the liberal “fact-checking” websites Snopes and PolitiFact admitted that President Trump's assertions were “mostly true”.
- President Trump On Da Nang Dick Blomenthal
- Two references:
- Singman, Brooke (October 2, 2018). Kavanaugh clash reopens stolen valor allegations against Sen. Blumenthal. Fox News. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Did Senator Richard Blumenthal Misrepresent His Military Service?
- Donald Trump stated on October 2, 2018 in a rally in Southaven, Miss.: Says Sen. Richard Blumenthal "lied about his service" in Vietnam.