J.R. Majewski was demoted for drunk driving on a US airfield in Japan.
Republican J.R. Majewski speaks during a campaign event in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 17, 2022.
J.R. Majewski, a Republican candidate for Ohio governor, is again facing questions about his service record.
The Associated Press reports that Majewski was demoted after he was caught drinking and driving in Japan.
The candidate for congress said he served in the United States Air Force in Afghanistan.
J.R. Majewski's comments regarding his military service have been called into doubt when new papers imply a more aggressive cause for his demotion in the US military.Service documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal that Majewski was not demoted and was allowed to re-enlist despite his claims to the contrary. His arrest for driving under the influence on an Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, was what the documents showed.
There is evidence in Majewski's personnel file that he was demoted on September 8, 2001, and spent the following four years working at a lower level than before.
As shown by the following statement, "you did, on or around September 8, 2001, at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, gate 2 physically operate a vehicle, to wit: passenger automobile," and "when you opted to go behind the wheel of a vehicle after indulging in intoxicating liquor you disgraced yourself, 733rd Air Mobility Squadron, and the Air Force."
When Insider contacted Majewski's team, nobody got back to us immediately. On Monday, his campaign team told the Associated Press that he had been demoted after an altercation with another service member.
"This blunder occurred nearly twenty years ago. We all have those embarrassing memories from our youth that make us question, "What was I thinking?" I do not doubt that our parents and grandparents can share similar anecdotes, "Majewski told AP on Wednesday.
When an insider tried to get them to comment, they became radio silent.
In August, Insider broke the story that Majewski had breached the law by withholding information about his income until late in the campaign season. Last Friday, at a rally, Majewski responded to an Associated Press report that suggested he had lied about serving with the US Air Force in Afghanistan by saying that top-secret materials to which he had access revealed a different story.
Majewski reassured his funders that his deployments were top secret by presenting them with instructions and military documents he had gotten from his archives.