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Friday, January 13, 2012

Missouri Governor's race on the internets

Overnight, there was a report out on Yahoo! News and the AP (Associated Press) wire about one of the lesser-known candidates for governor: Mo. governor candidate changes college biography JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence changed his online biography Thursday to fix a claim about a college economics degree and acknowledged that his campaign also had distributed fliers wrongly asserting that he attended business school at the University of Missouri. The biographical adjustments come as Spence — a St. Louis businessman making his first political campaign — has been traveling the state trying to ramp up his challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in 2012 elections. Spence's campaign has emphasized his business acumen. Two things to note here, I think. First, it seems he's trying to cover his tracks, so to speak, early in the campaign so it doesn't appear as though it's his fault--whether it is or not--and two, check this out--his degree is in--wait for it--Home Economics?? And you're running for governor?? Of the state?? Here's just one of his reporting problems: "...the biography on his campaign website originally omitted the word "home" while describing his economics degree — a fact first reported earlier this week by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Spence acknowledged that the description may have been misleading. On Thursday, Spence's website was changed to remove any reference to a degree, stating merely that he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. Later Thursday, the website was changed again to provide a more elaborate description of his college experience." Sounds pretty misrepresented, to me, for what it's worth. Link: http://news.yahoo.com/mo-governor-candidate-changes-college-biography-003153991.html

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