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The Hill: Potential McConnell challenger changes LinkedIn page after reporter questions

The Hill: Potential McConnell challenger changes LinkedIn page after reporter questions

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- Even dipping your toe in the waters of a potential U.S. Senate bid against Mitch McConnell runs the risk of extraordinary scrutiny.

Matt Bevin, the Louisville businessman whose name surfaced last month as a possible tea party challenger to McConnell, is facing questions about how he described his educational background on his LinkedIn page.

The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports that Bevin's page on the business networking site suggested he graduated from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) affiliated program, but the prestigious school told Bolton that the three-week seminar Bevin attended at MIT has no formal link to the school.

Kate Anderson, the director of marketing and enrollment at MIT’s Sloan Executive Education program said the program “is not an official program offered by MIT, MIT Sloan or MIT Sloan Executive Education.”

“It is not a Masters program, certificate or any other kind of MIT program and does not bear any MIT credit whatsoever,” she said.

She described the MIT Enterprise Forum as “an alumni-created network of loosely affiliated regional groups interested in entrepreneurship, not an official program of MIT.”

“I am afraid the title, the venue and the involvement of the ‘MIT Enterprise Forum’ … are easily misconstrued as implying a connection with MIT which does not exist,” she said.

Tea party activist John Kemper, who has been dismissive of Bevin's credibility to mount a tea party candidacy, suggested to The Hill that the MIT reference, which has since been edited on Bevin's LinkedIn page, may prompt people to ask what other misleading information Bevin is providing as a candidate.

WHAS11 e-mailed Bevin Monday morning and will post any comment or response on WHAS11.com.

 

 

 

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