Updated after post
I have not kept it a secret that I lost all respect I once held for “Marine Corporal” David W. Hedrick due to his trying to foist off a canard of his being injured on “a classified” mission when I first met him back in February and even more so once he reneged on his word given to the campaign of then 3rd Congressional Candidate David Castillo and surreptitiously ran interference for the establishment GOP candidate.
This blog and others called upon him to come clean on his claimed Marine service and upset a lot of people that I, a Viet Nam Veteran who served a little over 8 years active duty in the United States Army, with 18 months boots on the ground in South Viet Nam, had to audacity to question Hedrick’s claims of service, some supporters even qualifying him a “war hero,” even though he never saw combat or a combat zone, according to copies of his official Marine Discharge Document received.
Clark County Politics discusses his record at the link and shared them with me.
A lot of questions came up about this person and through the efforts of mesmerized adherents to his flashy but bombastic speaking style, were poo pooed and never answered. One such highly questionable matter was revealed after several people contacted me about ordering the book he says he wrote and finding out they were actually making a campaign contribution to his campaign only after ordering the book, a definite FEC violation, covered at Hedrick’s Children’s Book, A Hidden Campaign Donation.
If you will note in the post above, from early August, the book had a release and shipping date of July 15, 2010. People ordered it months before the initial release date given and by early September, had not received their copy. Efforts at contacting Hedrick have been ignored, they tell me.
The books website actually disappeared for a while and everything led back to the campaign website shortly after a story broke of a highly questionable poll sharing certain cyber fingerprints with Hedrick’s campaign and book page. That I recall an excuse was given by followers of consolidating pages or some such nonsense.
Funny thing, though. The book website is back up directing people to order by mail with a promised shipping date of October 15, 2010 now. No explanation shown as to why the original July 15 shipping date has been pushed back to October 15 or why the price has increased.
Given that Hedrick began taking orders for this book back in May and several people claimed to have not received it and cannot receive a refund either, plus the books website going down for a while and now reappearing with a new shipping date given, I’d be very leery if I was thinking of purchasing a copy.
Adding to my wariness was finding a YouTube Video advertising the book with comments disabled. Wouldn’t an author love to hear reviews and compliments on their work?
A search for independent reviews of the book was disappointing as I only found one review and it isn’t exactly what I would call “independent,” given the person claiming to have read the book back in early May also authored a wildly unbelievable claim of battle heroics attributed to Hedrick and posted here.
This person claims to be “one of the few individuals that was blessed with an advanced copy” back in early May 2010. Yet, several other people have claimed to have never received a copy of the book they ordered around the same time and 4 months later, after the initial release date has passed, a new date is given?
I wonder too where the reviews of the other individuals to have received an advanced copy are? The “reviews” listed on the order page above are very vague and questionable given that several sent money and received nothing in return. Supposedly, those people are from all over the country and claim to have received and read the book long before the original shipping date.
So, why didn’t others receive their copy and why have their calls for refunds for not having received the book been ignored?
It all sounds quite shaky to me.
Right after the August primary election, Clark County Republican Party chair Ryan Hart said of Hedrick, “[he will be] an asset to any campaign he chooses to support.” Hart goes on to say, “He’s passionate with his beliefs. I love his energy and enthusiasm, and we want him to stay involved”
Perhaps Hedrick could apply some of that “passion, energy and enthusiasm” towards manning up and sending refunds on book orders never shipped.
Just what kind of an “asset” is someone to any campaign that offers a product and leaves buyers feeling ripped off?
Man up, David. Send those people refunds or their books they were promised months ago.
UPDATE: November 1, 2010 people are finally beginning to receive the book they were promised in July. Reviews on the book itself are quite dismal, though.
“It’s a crappy (although hilarious) book that has quite a few grammatical and punctuation errors in it.”
“What a waste of $20.00. It should not have been sold for more than $4.00.”
Sorry David, but that is what people have said.