Bloomberg News just added a tidbit to the controversy over GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk's repeated claim that the Navy once named him "intelligence officer of the year." A web video published in August of last year -- in conjunction with the official launch of his Senate campaign -- highlighted the false credential (in fact, Kirk accepted something called the Rufus Taylor award on behalf of his intelligence unit in 2000). Watch it (the relevant portion starts 55 seconds in):
UPDATE (4:35 p.m.): You'll notice that the web video further states that he received the award for his "combat service in Kosovo." As Capitol Fax noted this morning, Kirk has since retracted any mention of "combat service" from his official biography.
The controversy over GOP Senate candidate Mark Kirk's false claim that the Navy once named him "intelligence officer of the year" got some airtime on MSNBC's Morning Joe earlier today. Co-host Joe Scarborough commented, "Kirk ... says he won an award he didn't win. A military award. Unbelievable." Politico reporter Mike Allen went on to note that he wouldn't describe himself as "journalist of the year" if his news outlet won a Pulitzer -- referring to the fact that it was Kirk's intelligence unit that won an award in 2000. Watch it:
You can get more background on the controversy here.
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