Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer pondering a political future

jbrammer@herald-leader.comFebruary 12, 2014 

FRANKFORT — U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer of Kentucky continues to weigh whether someday he wants to be known as a politician.

"I'm seriously thinking about that but have no definite plans at the moment," Meyer said Wednesday after participating in a Smoke-Free Kentucky rally in the Capitol in support of legislation to ban smoking in indoor workplaces and public buildings.

Meyer, 25, of Columbia, tweeted last October that he might run for Congress in 2016 and president in 2024.

His posting to 24,000 followers triggered a deluge of thumbs-up tweets.

"I believe I have something to offer to this country," Meyer said Wednesday, "but, no, I have no certain race in mind at this time. That would be quite an honor."

Asked from what political party he might run, Meyer said, "I get that question a lot. I just say no one asked me when I went to Afghanistan whether I was Republican or Democrat."

Meyer reportedly endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry's failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

These days, Meyer said, he is running a construction business in his hometown.

He is a veteran of the Marines and the War in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in September 2011 for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on Sept. 9, 2009, in Afghanistan.

He is the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, the third living recipient for either Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, and the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the medal.

Meyer was a 21-year-old U.S. Marine corporal when Taliban fighters ambushed members of his unit at a village in Afghanistan in September 2009. Meyer braved intense fire to go to the aid of pinned-down U.S. and Afghan troops, saving the lives of three dozen soldiers, according to the Marine Corps account of the battle.

A McClatchy newspapers investigation later concluded that parts of the Marine Corps account of the battle were not accurate or were unsubstantiated, although the stories also said Meyer acted heroically and deserved to be nominated for the Medal of Honor.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

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