Lewis said he was shocked when he heard about the dismissal of 24 National Guard Soldiers in 1992. The 24 soldiers were dismissed by the National Guard Retention Board on which Colonel Mike Weaver was a member of. Lewis claimed they were dismissed because they had not contributed to Brereton Jones campaign for Kentucky Governor.
Weaver's Press Secretary, Betsy Hart, said the allegations are false and 14 years after the fact a case still can not be made on the issue. While Hart said this is a sign the Congressman's campaign is struggling, Lewis said Weaver needs to rethink his own campaign.
"He knows now he has confirmation he is desperate and will do anything to win this race. Nobody has seen any poles coming out of the Lewis camp. We must know now that he's running this incredible attack trying to slander a Colonel's record that is good. He's worried because he's running these attack ads," Hart said.
Lewis said, "When you have betrayed 24 of your fellow officers, because of politics then I think, you know you might want to think about whether that title still fits."
While Lewis said the soldiers were re-instated by the army in 2000. Hart said several of them never served another day in the National Guard. According to a press release from Lewis's office, an FBI probe uncovered a pay for promotion scheme that sent former Adjutant General Robert DeZarn to prison.