2008 Re: Drama in the Burner-Reichert Race
posted by October 23 at 12:10 PMon
Two can play at this game. The latest from the campaign of Darcy Burner:
The campaign of 8th District Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner today discovered the Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert is falsely claiming on the official biographical directory of the United States Congress to hold a four year B.A. degree. The claim to hold a four year degree is made here.
This claim is untrue. Reichert holds only a two-year A.A. degree from the college in question.
“Congressman Reichert and his Republican allies, with the assistance of credulous reporting from the Seattle Times, has been trying to discredit Darcy Burner with a technical gotcha about how she has characterized her degree from Harvard, which, as she has repeatedly stated — and has now been confirmed by a Harvard Dean — is a B.A. in computer science with a special field in economics,” said Burner campaign spokesman Sandeep Kaushik. “Meanwhile, Congressman Reichert has misrepresented himself in his official congressional biographical directory as having a four-year degree that he apparently does not have. And that false claim has been posted for years, and has spread onto a host of other web listings, without Reichert ever correcting the record.”
Kaushik added, “Congressman Reichert owes the an immediate public apology for his false claim, and should correct the official biographical record today. And he owes Darcy Burner an apology as well for yesterday’s mudslinging.”
Now here’s a fair question: Will the Seattle Times, if it can confirm the Burner camp’s claim, do a story about Reichert’s B.A./A.A. discrepancy and give the story equal play to today’s piece on Burner’s undergraduate education?