MIT: Tea Party challenger to McConnell has no connection to us
posted at 5:47 am on March 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Mark Bevin started off as an unknown challenger to Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat, seeking a Tea Party endorsement even though he has had little contact with Kentucky Tea Party groups. He’s making a name for himself now, but not the one he’d hoped. The Hill reports that despite claiming to have an MIT education, the school says they’ve never heard of the New Hampshire native:
Bevin’s LinkedIn page as of Friday evening indicated he was an MIT graduate or graduate of an MIT-affiliated program but school officials say the three-week seminar he attended has no formal link to the school.
Bevin did not respond to a request for comment about what appeared to be a misleading portrayal of his educational background. His LinkedIn page was revised by Saturday afternoon to clarify that he did not graduate from MIT or an MIT-affiliated program.
Tea Party activists say this could undermine his effort to build credibility among Kentucky conservatives. Bevin, a New Hampshire native, has reached out to Tea Party leaders in recent weeks to boost his profile but he remains little known in conservative political circles.
John Kemper, a spokesman for the United Kentucky Tea Party, said Bevin’s description of his educational background “sounds kind of convoluted.”
“MIT is a well-respected educational institution. If someone is playing on that name, it doesn’t sound like it’s being forthright,” he said.
“Once someone causes you to question something and pull a thread and it comes loose, you want to pull the next thread and see if that’s the only thing that comes loose. What other misleading information are you providing as a candidate?” he added.