Bevin's MIT claim hammered in new McConnell campaign spot


by Joe Arnold

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 5:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – How seriously is the Mitch McConnell re-election campaign taking Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin?

Seriously enough for Team Mitch to roll out its third attack ad against Bevin.

The latest 30 second commercial again hammers the Louisville investment advisor about business and tax dealings at his family's historic bell factory in Connecticut.

And this new ad criticizes Bevin for once claiming to have received an education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As initially reported by The Hill in March, Bevin's LinkedIn page "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."

McConnell's ad cites The Hill's reporting.

"Newspapers say Bevin was dishonest about his resume, claiming he graduated from prestigious MIT.  Not true, again," a narrator says in the commercial.

A photograph of the "Certificate of Recognition" Bevin received after participating in the program shows a Massachusetts Institute of Technology seal and refers to the program as the “EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program” and “MIT Enterprise Forum.”

The McConnell campaign said Bevin's inclusion of the MIT program as his "education" was misleading.

"The startling revelation that Matt Bevin never attended MIT despite listing it prominently on his resume is yet another example of his repeated attempts to mislead people about who he really is," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton in a statement to WHAS11.

The Bevin campaign did not immediately provide a comment regarding the McConnell campaign's characterization of Bevin's resume, which was amended after The Hill's report to clarify that Bevin did not graduate from MIT or an MIT-affiliated program.