Dem chair to US House nominee: he should withdraw - - Jackson, MS

Dem chair to US House nominee: he should withdraw

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The head of Mississippi's Democratic Party says he has advised the party's nominee to pull out of the 1st District congressional race because exaggeration of his military service has cost him support.

Rickey Cole tells The Clarion-Ledger that he told Ron Dickey on Tuesday that he thinks Dickey will have a hard time focusing his campaign on veterans' and mental health issues.

Dickey says he's staying in the race and has not done anything illegal.

Dickey was a food service worker for an Army Special Forces when workers such as cooks and mechanics could wear the beret of the unit they supported. His campaign material called him a "Green Beret veteran." He has since removed the Facebook page where that statement was made and opened another.

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