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Friday, October 24, 2008

Burner: Let’s Go to the Congressional Record

posted by on October 24 at 11:30 AM

Here’s what I was alluding to earlier: in day three of what some are calling “Resume-gate,” the campaign of Darcy Burner has turned up a transcript from a Congressional hearing that shows Republican Congressman Dave Reichert failing to correct a fellow congressman who introduced Reichert, on April 10 of this year, at a meeting of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrrorism, and Homeland Security, as a man with “a bachelor’s degree from Concordia Lutheran College.” (In fact, Reichert only has an A.A.)

Our second witness will be the gentleman from Washington, Congressman David Reichert, who currently is in his second term in Congress. In addition to his notable work on the Green River task force, he has over 35 years of public service to the people of Washington. He has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia Lutheran College…

Part of this somewhat comical (and completely exhaustive) hunt for proof of resume-inflating is about each candidate being seen by his or her base a bare-knuckled brawler. And, you know, Burner’s base is definitely going to be pleased by the unearthing of this statement from a long-forgotten committee meeting that otherwise would never have been heard about again. It shows Burner can take an oppo-research hit, and give an oppo-research hit right back.

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good GOD this is the most boring political nitpicking nonsense i've seen in a LONG TIME!! blech.

Posted by ENOUGH | October 24, 2008 11:33 AM

It would help if you weren't promoting the oppo research yourself.

Posted by eugene | October 24, 2008 11:41 AM

Not to be too picky, but the Congressional Record doesn't cover the activities of committees. This quote would have to have come from a hearing transcript.

Posted by cransell | October 24, 2008 11:43 AM

Eli, that's one big scoop. I read it breathlessly.

Posted by Big Scoop | October 24, 2008 11:59 AM

Ok so this is not the biggest scandal but I think there is one more angle to look into. Recently there was a story of state troopers claiming degrees that they did not actually have to earn a higher pay scale based on education. The focus of this is diplomas from diploma mills and they may not have focused on officewrs exagerating degrees from legitamate schools. I would want to foia Documents detailing Riecharts Pay scale and credentians claimed to earn this scale. Some of these are confidential but there must be some summary listings that would show what he claimed while he was a sheriff.

Posted by wl | October 24, 2008 12:40 PM

Instead of blaming Eli for covering -- not INVENTING (like the Times) -- what's going on with this story, why don't you give him credit for ensuring that the developments are reported quickly and accurately?

Eli didn't ask for our Burner/Reichert battle to take such a petty turn (my opinion)...but he does have to cover it, even if it is kind of silly.

Grow up, people.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 24, 2008 12:40 PM

Reichert goes for the kill:

reminds me of the interview commercial back in '06, credited with helping the sheriff fend off the blue wave. You think, with Darcy's rise in the polls, she'll survive this time?

Posted by smurfs! | October 24, 2008 2:15 PM

Is that Concordia College in Moorhead, MN? I graduated from there with an actual BA in journalism and humanities. Does that make me more qualified than Reichert to be elected in Washington?

Posted by Ryan | October 24, 2008 10:57 PM

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