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Posted: 3/17/2001 11:13:57 AM EDT
This is a bizzare story:

Ex-legislator guilty of illegally entering base

By Mark Shaffer
The Arizona Republic
March 17, 2001

A former state representative who posed as an active naval reservist to get a 1999 trip to the Balkans pleaded guilty Friday to one federal count of entering a military installation for an illegal purpose.

Thomas Birl Gordon, 43, a Mesa resident who served in the Arizona House as a Republican from Peach Springs in northwestern Arizona, will be sentenced May 25 in Phoenix by U.S. District Judge Virginia Mathis.

He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Gordon, who is a lieutenant commander in the inactive naval reserves, was issued a congressional travel order after going to the office of Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz. Gordon said he was having trouble joining his unit in Bosnia-Herzegovina and he needed help catching a National Guard flight.

Colleagues in the Arizona Legislature, who believed Gordon was a Navy SEAL, gave him a big sendoff.

Gordon then flew to Germany and Albania from the Arizona Air Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing at Sky Harbor International Airport.

But Gordon used bogus travel documents that appeared to be naval orders indicating he had been called to active duty.

After unsuccessfully trying to get SEAL units in the Balkans to activate him, Gordon disappeared for about five weeks before showing up in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was arrested by military authorities and transported back to Phoenix.
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What on earth was he thinking?
Link Posted: 3/17/2001 11:38:37 AM EDT
He had visions of coming back a hero and
getting elected President of the United States.
Seriously, I would like to know what he was doing for five weeks.
It seems to be fashionable these days to
misrepresent oneself as a Navy Seal. A building
offical for the City of Port Richey, who has
moved on to being a Hernando County employee,
wore a seal belt buckle and told anyone that
would listen that he was a Seal in Vietnam.
When some people checked his personal file
from a previous job with Pasco County they found
proof that he was lying. Unfortunatly he was
not prosecuted.
Link Posted: 3/17/2001 11:50:51 AM EDT

What on earth was he thinking?
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 Uhmmm.... He wasn't!
Link Posted: 3/17/2001 8:51:03 PM EDT
What was he doing for those five weeks?  Probably trying to get some of the locals to hire him.  Seems they saw through him too.
Link Posted: 3/17/2001 9:11:32 PM EDT
I wish I had a dollar for every guy who comes into my shop claiming to have been a SEAL/SNIPER/RANGER/etc.
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