Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Oh, really? (UPDATED)

1st UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. EDT: It appears stretching the truth on his resume is a regular activity for Rep. Kirk.

ORIGINAL POST: Interesting item from the Washington Post:

The Navy notified Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) last week that he had misstated his military record, even though the congressman and U.S. Senate candidate had said over the weekend that the error was discovered by his staff.

A Navy spokesman told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that Kirk was notified of media inquiries into the five-term congressman's claim that he had been named the Navy's intelligence officer of the year.

"We just let him know that you, the media, were asking questions about who the Intelligence Officer of the Year was," Cmdr. Danny Hernandez told the Tribune. "We let him know that there was an individual who was named reserve intelligence officer of the year."

After the Navy contacted Kirk last Thursday, the congressman acknowledged over the weekend to The Washington Post that he had inaccurately portrayed the award in his official biography and in a 2002 House committee hearing.

The full report is available here.

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