Rep. Tom MacArthur has renewed strikes over a favorite attack vector of his this week, again accusing Democratic challenger Andy Kim of inflating his resume.
At issue with the latest attack is Kim’s claim of being a national security officer in President George W. Bush’s administration. MacArthur’s camp has claimed that Kim only served in the administration as an intern.
“Andy Kim’s desperation to cast himself as a moderate, as opposed to the radical left-wing activist he really is, has led him to, once again, embellish his own resume in a manner that is meant to mislead voters,” said MacArthur strategist Chris Russell. “His lying at this point is borderline compulsive.”
Kim’s campaign contradicted that claim, saying that while he did serve as an intern at the U.S. Agency for International Development, he was brought on as a fulltime employee in 2005.
He left the same year to return to school for a doctoral degree.
“He served at USAID, the Africa bureau, with a secret-level security clearance working on U.S. response to conflict-related crises across Africa – things related to terrorism in Somalia and genocide and child soldiers in Sudan and Uganda – and worked closely with officials at the pentagon, state department and other national security departments to develop foreign policy responses to these crises,” said Kim Press Secretary Forrest Rilling.